HOW TO PROPERLY WASH YOUR FOOTBALL SHIRTS?
We all have a jersey in our collection that is close to our hearts. The one from a great victory or a special moment that we hesitate to wash for fear of damaging it. Here are a few simple tips to put into practice so that you never again see a jersey get damaged while you are washing it.
Just as football boots need to be cleaned and cared for in the best possible way to extend their life, football shirts are also subject to a lot of wear and tear over the course of a season. From the collector’s jersey, you had in your wardrobe and wanted to pull out for the first training session of the season to your regular training jersey that smells of sweat despite being washed, football shirts also have to go through a specific cleaning process to stay looking like new for as long as possible. Here are some tips from us.
HOW TO WASH FOOTBALL SHIRTS?
The first piece of advice we can give you is to clean your football gear as soon as possible after training (shirts and shoes). While most of us tend to put off cleaning until later, immediate care of our gear often offers much better results in terms of durability. If this is not possible, and this is also true for shirts and shoes, dry them as soon as you return to prevent the bacteria that cause the bad smell from proliferating. If perspiration odors do not go away, you can use baking soda in addition to your washing powder.
- WASH YOUR FOOTBALL SHIRT IN THE WASHING MACHINE
Yes, you can wash your football shirt in the washing machine and no, it won’t damage it. This is a good way to clean your clothes perfectly but to do so, you just have to follow the procedure perfectly.
On the practical side, if your jersey is full of dirt, for example, it is important to pre-wash it by hand, a quick gesture that will then pay off in the washing machine. The other basic gesture is to put your outfit on the reverse side so that the seams appear on the outside and your flockings and various inscriptions on the inside. Technically, never wash at more than 40° to avoid damaging the textile fibers and you can even wash at 30° if you only wear your shirts daily. Some of you will also have the option of running a “Sport” program on your washing machine. This type of program allows you to wash at a moderate temperature and to have a spin cycle adapted to this type of product. One last piece of advice: don’t add fabric softener to your machine because it has the unfortunate tendency to block the micropores and alter the absorbency and breathability of sportswear.
- WASH YOUR FOOTBALL SHIRT BY HAND
The other way to clean your jersey is of course by hand. If 95% of those of you who are going to look at this article are not concerned, some of you will nevertheless favor the manual method to wash your shirts. All you need to do is use warm water, washing powder, and scrub! If you want to go further, you can repeat this action until your cleaning water becomes more and more transparent. Then, be careful with the wringing out if you have flockings on your back or torso, so there is no need to wring it out for several minutes to remove all the water.
- HOW TO DRY YOUR FOOTBALL SHIRT?
After washing, it is of course necessary to dry it. As with any garment, the best option is to air dry, but if this is not possible, you can of course dry your football jersey in the tumble dryer, making sure to choose a short cycle and a low temperature.
With these basic tips, your football shirts should last longer and you should be happy. Beware of counterfeit shirts, which are becoming more and more numerous, as the flockings do not have the same resistance as those made in shops or by brands and clubs. If you wash this type of product, which you can buy for between 10 and 20€, don’t be surprised if your flocking disappears after a few washes.