Tips to Properly Wash Your Sports Apparel
JASV offers Adidas Climalite items for all Jerseys, Shorts, Jackets, and Socks. These items require proper care. Adidas Climalite is a fabric designed for activities in warm conditions. Its most common form is an innovative design that features cotton on the outer fabric and a cool-to-the-touch synthetic material underneath. While many moisture wicking products are mostly polyester, Climalite's cotton and synthetic combo makes for a softer are also adidas Climalite variations that feature a hydrophilic coating to further enhance the outer surface's sweat-pulling properties.
1. Remove the stains by hand
Before putting the item into the washer, remove the hard stains on the fabric and the stickers. Sweat stains are easier to remove, but grass, blood, mustard, ketchup, or beer can be stubborn. Here’s how you can get rid of them before putting your jersey into the washer:
- Dampen the stained area in cold water.
- Apply the prewash stain removing agent (you can use vinegar or soap or shampoo) on the stain.
- Rub it gently with a stain removing sponge or a soft-bristled toothbrush, and squeeze out the excess moisture.
- Remove the stains as soon as you can before it becomes harder to remove.
2. Prepare them for washing
You’ll need to consider the color of your item (in case you’re washing all of them together), and other clothes you’re washing along.
- Wash your white items separately as colors from other clothes may bleed during the wash. Also wash the black items separately as its color might also bleed.
- Avoid washing your jerseys with blue jeans as it may cause blue streaks to appear on your jerseys and can create discoloration on the golden numbers.
- Turn your jerseys inside out before putting them into the washer to protect the patches, wordings, and stitching from abrasion.
3. Clean your item in a washer
Cleaning your items needs a ‘delicate’ touch even with the washer. Below are some tips:
- Use cold water for washing. Hot water may cause fading, shrinking, and damage to the decals, which can include discoloration.
- Use good quality, bleach-less, and color-protecting (powdered) detergent powder. Liquid detergents do not dissolve well and contain elements that can ruin your item.
- If your jersey is stinky, add vinegar to the washer to neutralize the odor. However, add the vinegar through the bleach dispenser, otherwise, your jersey will absorb the vinegar odor.
Requirements to Properly Dry Your Items
Avoid improper methods to dry your items. They may cause damage to the fabric and the decals. Take the following steps to properly dry your jersey:
- After taking the jersey out of the washer, turn it right side out, and shake it. This will prevent the stickers from sticking together.
- Hang dry or flat dry under the sun. You may cover it with thin fabric, to protect from the sun’s excessive heating.
- Avoid using the dryer as the high heat may cause letters and numbers to crack or melt together.
- Avoid ironing for the same reason.