August 10, 2012 04:00 ET

HomeServe Suggest Eight Tips to Get Your Sportswear Clean and Fresh Like an Olympic Champion's

WALSALL, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2012) - As Britain celebrates success at the London 2012 Olympics, more and more people are being inspired to take up sport and keep fit. So here at HomeServe, we've put together some tips to help you keep your sportswear and equipment looking like new and smelling fresh.

1. Get bright white socks

A great way to get your old, white socks looking like new is to place half a lemon in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Once the water's boiling, turn off the stove and remove the saucepan. Soak for at least an hour and then wash with your regular laundry.

2. How to remove sweat stains

Here's a solution to prevent the embarrassment of stubborn sweat stains. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to half a cup of hot water and pour onto the stains. Leave for 2 hours, then add to your regular wash.

3. Refresh your gym bag

It's no surprise that over time gym bags start to smell. Simply place a couple of dryer sheets inside the bag, which will help to absorb moisture and leave a nice smell.

4. Get rid of grass stains

To start with, rinse the stain from the back with cold water. Then mix plain vinegar and baking soda in a bowl until the mixture has a toothpaste consistency. Rub the paste into the stain, working from the back of the fabric, then leave for 20 minutes before rinsing. Repeat if necessary, then wash as usual.

5. Deodorise your trainers

If your favourite trainers are starting to smell, try wrapping 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a cloth and place inside your trainers when you're not wearing them.

6. Clean the gear and brake cables on your bicycle

Furniture polish is a great way to keep your gear and brake cables in good condition. The silicon will keep water out and leave a smooth film to maintain movement.

7. Repair chipped paintwork on your bicycle

Over time the paintwork on your bike can become chipped and dull. An easy way to remedy this is to touch up the chips with nail varnish, which comes in an array of colours and isn't very expensive.

8. Remove grime from your bicycle chain

Pour hot water into a bucket then add a large amount of washing up liquid. Set your bicycle chain to the highest gear and apply the mixture to the chain using a hard bristle toothbrush. Once you've cleaned the whole chain, use a clean rag to wipe down before applying biodegradable degreaser. Rotate the chain a few times and then leave the bike for a few hours before riding.

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