As an athlete or sports enthusiast, you might have a knack for collecting jerseys from your favorite teams.
If you want to keep your jersey collections for a long period, you need to wash and take care of them properly. We will show you how:
Washing your jersey
Step 1: You will need to prepare a medium-sized container. Fill it up with cold water and mild detergent. Mix it well until the detergent is diluted in the water. Set it aside.
Step 2: Rinse your jersey with water to get rid of dust and other dirt attached to it.
Step 3: Then, soak your jersey to the cold water and detergent mix. Let it soak for 30 minutes. Pre-soaking the jerseys will help you clean your jersey better. Dirt that builds upon the fabric will affect the quality and even damage it.
Step 4: Grab your rubber gloves and start hand washing your jersey after pre-soaking it. Always wash it inside out. This is to protect all the details like logos, numbers, and patches attached to it. Wash it carefully and avoid the fabric from rubbing against each other since it will create damage to the fabric.
Step 5: You may wash it using your washing machine but wash the jersey separately from your other clothes. Mixing it with other clothes will tend to rub the fabric from each other. Choose the slow cycle mode in your washing machine so the jersey won’t also rub its fabric.
Step 6: Rinse the jersey at least twice. Do not over rinse it to preserve the jersey’s crisp quality and color vibrance.
Step 7: When wringing your jersey, do not squeeze it too hard and make it wrinkly. It will lose its crispness and solid look. Wring it carefully just enough to get rid of excess water from washing.
Step 8: Only air dries the jersey. Take advantage of the good weather outside. If the weather is not appropriate for drying, you can always air dry it inside with the help of an electric fan.
Tips on how to properly care of your jersey
- Always pick the right detergent to use when washing your jersey. Color detergents or mild detergents are highly recommended. You don’t really have to use sports detergents since it doesn’t have much effect compared to the two detergents mentioned.
- Never use a fabric conditioner on your jersey. Although it can make it smell good and soft, it’s not advisable. The fabric conditioner’s residues will attach to the jersey’s fabric pores, therefore, blocks the breathability of the jersey. Jerseys are designed as sweat-resistant by the use of microfiber textiles and tiny fibers that are glued together. The fabric conditioner affects its functionality if you apply it to the jersey.
- Say no to any bleaching agent. Bleach works well with white garments that have softer fabrics. But for jerseys, it’s a big no-no. If you stained your jersey, try taking it off with home remedies or read the jersey’s tag instructions. Please do not attempt to get rid of it by using bleach. It will just destroy it’s color and will dry out the fabric.
- To get rid of stains, wash the jersey the same way as to how it was supposed to. Treat the stain with cold water and slowly hand wash it. Please do not wait until the stain dries, or it will be hard for it to take off even when soaked overnight.
- Always wash your jersey with a wash cycle and temperature of 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Going low or higher may damage the jersey’s quality.
- When washing your jerseys in the washer, it’s best to wash them in small batches. Overcrowding them will attract more friction that will let them rub against each other. This will damage the jersey, which results in a cottony-like looking fiber on the fabric.
- If you’re in a hurry and have no time to dry your jersey after washing, you can use the dryer but put it in very low heat. Please do not mix it with other garments as well. However, it’s not advisable to use the dryer often as it damages the jersey’s details over time.
- When storing your jerseys, please do not leave them crumpled inside your bag, drawer, or cabinet. Always hang it up, so it doesn’t get wrinkly and stay crisp.
- After the practice or game, don’t leave your jersey stuck in your sports bag. Wash it right away so the dirt and sweat won’t clog up.
- Jerseys don’t need to be ironed. That’s why it’s advisable to hang your jersey before and after use so it won’t get wrinkly. If it’s too wrinkly, you can iron it but do not include the logos and patches, or you’ll end up roasting it. Make sure to put it in a low heat setting.