Taking care of sportswear is a vigorous job. However, if you’re used to washing your clothes, you’ll be fine. But for those who are new to washing clothes that have spandex and polyester fabrics, you should know what to do first before you ruin your clothes.
Most sportswear usually has a tag that has the instructions for washing so you should check it first before doing anything. If you still have no clue on what to do, just keep reading.
1. Should I soak it?
Before you wash the sportswear thoroughly, try soaking it at room temperature or cold water for at least 30 minutes to remove stains. You can add stain remover products such as baking soda, vinegar, or stain removers from stores (but make sure it’s colour safe and for delicates). You can omit this step if your sportswear is new.
Most stains you may encounter in your laundry adventure are mud, blood, grass, and sweat. The easiest to remove is the sweat stains, and the rest are tough especially if the stains aren’t fresh.
2. Is handwashing necessary?
If you have ample time, you can wash your sportswear by hand. It is the best and safest way to avoid damaging your sportswear. Of course, this is only advisable if you have a few clothes.
Don’t forget to separate the whites from the coloured ones because they may bleed and ruin the white fabrics. If your clothes don’t have stains, turn them inside out so that the print won’t easily fade.
After washing with detergent, make sure to rinse until there are no soap residuals left.
3. Can I wash them in the washer?
If you’re using a washer, don’t include the sportswear with the rest of your clothes. Although you can include them with your delicates, make sure that the washer is not crowded to avoid rubbing them with the other clothes.
Some sportswear have velcro and zippers so be careful when washing them in a machine because they may lose their quality easily. You can use a net or a protector to avoid damages. Meanwhile, sportswear like classic football shirts, shorts, and jerseys can be washed without protectors but make sure to turn them inside out, and that the machine is on a delicate option.
4. Can I use regular products when washing?
Can’t seem to find the right products for your sportswear? Don’t worry because there are tons of detergents that can help you solve your stinky situation. First, when soaking your sportswear, make sure to remove the dirt and stains. Then, when it’s time to wash them, use colour-safe and mild detergents. You can add a tablespoon of vinegar to your detergent if the clothes stink.
Always remember to avoid using fabric conditioner when rinsing your sportswear because it’ll damage the quality of the fabric, and its breathability.
5. How should I dry them?
It’s not advisable to machine dry your sportswear. It’ll just ruin the prints and add creases to the fabric. The best way to dry them is by air drying. However, if you have no choice but to use a machine, make sure to dry them at a very low temperature. Drying them in high temperatures will cause discolouration and other damages, so be careful.
If you like to dry them under the sun, it’s fine as long as you put them under a thin fabric because direct heat will also damage the clothes.
6. Should you iron them?
It’s not recommended to iron this kind of clothes. Ironing sportswear will cause discolouration and it may also shrink. As mentioned before, the kind of fabrics used in sportswear are delicate and should not be treated at a high temperature.
If the creases are too much, you can iron them from the other side using a low temperature or cover them with a thin cloth, but steaming is the safest way to do it.
7. How can I fix the damages?
Now and then, you may encounter accidents while playing. You can damage your shirts or shorts while playing which sometimes, you may not even notice. It’s best to stitch the rips and other damages using threads that match the fabric. Moreover, don’t pull the thread too much when you’re locking the stitch.
However, if you are not sure what you’re doing, you can just bring them to a professional sewer to help you.
8. Should I fold or hang them?
If the sportswear is not dirty and you’re not going to use them, it still needs to be kept in the right way. When stored properly, you will be able to use them for years without looking worn out. Hang and keep it covered in a dry place, and don’t just leave it crumpled in your bag.
Not so hard, isn’t it? Now that you know how to take care of your sportswear, you’ll be able to use them for years. Don’t forget to share with us if you have other hacks we should know by commenting down!
About the author:
Aliana Baraquio is a web content writer working for Retro Football Kits, an international shop that offers a huge selection of retro football shirts and match-worn classic football shirts from the 70s to the 00s. As a writer, she is passionate about providing good quality articles that will help readers in making the right choice.