So welcome to our information on how to wash football shirts properly and efficiently! Seeing as you’re here, we’re guessing you’re football shirt collectors like us, and we know that football shirts are an absolute minefield when it comes to keeping them clean.
1. How to start your wash
So this section will outline the key fundamentals of washing your football shirts. So first things first, separate your colours so for us it’s usually, whites, colours, and darks. We’ve all heard horror stories of when people have left colour in the white pile and now all of a sudden you’ve got a whole collection of pink socks, shirts or whatever you’ve accidentally left behind. We would also recommend you turn shirts outside out in order to protect the printing and the sponsor of the shirt. A cold wash is also better when washing in order to protect the fabric and any sponsors or player names too.
2. Always check the wash label
So inside of the shirt near the bottom, you’ll find a washing label inside the shirt that will give you exact details of how you should wash the shirt. It might be key instructions such as the temperature you should wash it at, if you should wash it on its own, or if you should wash it inside out. This label is there to help you so we’d recommend you always check it.
3. Never use fabric softener
Fabric softeners are so damaging to your shirts, I used to work for Stoke City in their club shop. During my time there would be so many instances where people have ruined their football shirts because they used fabric softener. And now their sponsor is falling off with half a player name on the back. So in my personal experience, I’ve never seen fabric softener work when washing football shirts so I’d recommend you swerve it all together.
4. Attack stains with the correct tool
So stains are a pain the ass for any football shirt collectors and if they’re stubborn, they can be very demoralising. So there are tools to help you in those trying times. We would recommend using a specialist stain remover spray which can be applied directly on the stain before washing in order to help beat those stubborn stains. For the best results and to avoid multi washing, you should probably aggravate the stain by rubbing it after you’ve sprayed.
5. Don’t wash match-worn shirts
So if you have a match worn shirt, you can probably skip over the vast majority of this entire article. As our advice for you would be to simply not wash the shirt. For the simple reason that the entire value of the match worn shirt is in the detail. Meaning that the stains and dirt are simply what makes the shirt valuable. You might think it could be tempting to remove the stains from the shirt but this serves as a large part of the authenticity of the shirt.
6. Don’t tumble dry your shirts
It is nearly always best practice to not tumble dry your shirts as doing this under extreme heat in the tumble dryer can cause major damage to the detailing on the shirt. We’d definitely recommend hanging the shirts out on a clothes horse so that they can dry naturally and then you aren’t adding in the added variables of temperatures in the tumble dryer.
Avoid drying directly on radiators as sponsors and printing can very easily melt.
Thanks for reading this article, and we hope you were able to learn some more on how to wash football shirts properly. So that you can avoid some football shirt nightmares in the future.