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Care of Lame Items

Care of Lame Items

Keep Them Dry

moisture, especially acidic sweat, can degrade the metallic fibers of a lame, as well as weakening the stitching.  Lame materials should not be allowed to remain damp after their use.  Air drying them is one of the best ways of enhancing the life of a lame.

Wash Them Frequently

(For Washable Vision and Stainless Steel lame only) soaking them in warm water with some Woolite™ and a splash of ammonia, followed by thorough rinsing and air-drying on a hanger will remove the sweaty salts and acids which can turn a piece of lame "green."  Even if a lame is supposedly "machine washable," it is better to hand-wash it; likewise, lame materials should never be put into an electric or gas dryer.(Absolute Fencing Gear doesn't recommend wash copper lames)

Minimize Creasing

creases and folds can break the metallic threads of lame.  Minimizing creases caused by folding will enhance the lifespan of a lame.  Some people use hangers and garment bags to store and transport their lames.  Others lay their lames on a towel and then roll them together.  Others loosely stuff their lames into their fencing bags. 

Frequently Test for Electrical Resistance

the FIE specification says that a piece of lame's electrical resistance must be below 5.0 ohms between any two points of the lame material.  If the electrical resistance measures more than 5.0 ohms, it probably is time to relegate it to being a practice lame, even though it probably will function flawlessly.