Cleaning jerseys with a flock coating: but how?

The football jerseys have different compositions. First of all it is important to establish what we are talking about before we present a solution. The problem most of the times is not the numbers on the back but the flock coating from the sponsors. When talking about this it is important to differentiate if the jersey is from 1980 where the chest sponsor flock has been made out of flock coating or if fit has been made out of polyflex like nowadays. Nowadays also digital prints are being used. It is very rare that the number on the back is worked into the jersey so that it becomes one single print. This has been the case with the FC Barcelona Kappa jerseys; in the German football league (Bundesliga) this has never been the case. 

Cleaning jerseys with a flock coating: but how?

 

Die Fußballtrikots haben verschiedene Beschaffenheit, in erster Linie ist es wichtig festzustellen wovon wir eigentlich reden bevor wir eine Lösung präsentieren die nicht zielgerichtet ist. Das Problem sind oftmals nicht die Rückennummern sondern die Sponsorenflocks, dabei gilt es unterscheiden, ob das Trikot von 1980 ist wo der Brustsponsor aus Flock gewesen war oder aus Polyflex die als Brustsponsor heutzutage zum Einsatz kommen. Heute kommen auch oft Digitaldrucke zum Einsatz. Ganz selten gab es auch z.B. Mitte der 90er unter anderem beim FC Barcelona von Kappa Trikots, wo alles in dem Trikot eingearbeitet wurde wie die Rückennummer, da war das Trikot ein einziger Druck. diese sind jedoch sehr selten und in Bundesliga gab es solche Lösungen nicht.

The football jerseys have different compositions. First of all it is important to establish what we are talking about before we present a solution. The problem most of the times is not the numbers on the back but the flock coating from the sponsors. When talking about this it is important to differentiate if the jersey is from 1980 where the chest sponsor flock has been made out of flock coating or if fit has been made out of polyflex like nowadays. Nowadays also digital prints are being used. It is very rare that the number on the back is worked into the jersey so that it becomes one single print. This has been the case with the FC Barcelona Kappa jerseys; in the German football league (Bundesliga) this has never been the case.

Difference between polyflex, flock coating or digital print

Polyflex is a thin plastic layer, which has mostly been used from 1997 until 2016.

A flock coating is a thick heavy material, which has been used mostly from 1970 until 1995. Before 1970 textile pieces have been incorporated into the material which have been cut beforehand manually and then have been stitched manually such as it was the case with the championship jersey in 1954. The flock coating is not only thick but also rough instead of smooth.

Digital prints are different than polyflex since there are usually two or more colors to be seen. This means that if your number in the back or the front has two colors it is a 95% chance that it is a digital print. Since 2014 this method is being used most oft he time.

Cleaning of a jersey with polyflex chest sponsor or number on the  back

Cleaning of a jersey with polyflex chest sponsor and flock coating on the back. By all means it has to be avoided to wash the jersey higher than 30°C or using fabric softener and using the program made for wool. It is much better to use the cleaning products we have in our shop so the jersey can’t be thrown around inside the machine. With this the polyflex will be damaged either immediately or after two or three times.

Cleaning a jersey with a flock coating sponsor on the front or a back number

The jersey with flock coating are more durable because the glue of the coating connects with the jersey. Apart from that the print is very thick and durable which helps so it doesn’t get damaged to quickly.

Nevertheless, you should never cure the jersey in the washing machine since it can damage the flock coating severely. It also cannot be put into the dryer since the flock coating can be damaged as well. It can be washed up until 40 °C, it is recommendable to use the program for wool and to not cure the jersey. Also fabric softener should not be used if you want to be sure. It is best to use the program made for wool, without fabric softener on 30°C and to use the product for jersey coverage from our webshop.

Cleaning a jersey with a digital print on the front or back number

Washing a jersey with a digital print needs to be done with caution. Whoever wants to use the newer jersey should look into only washing them in a laundry back for jersey at 30°C maximum without curing it and definitely without fabric softener. It can’t be dried in the dryer. Washing without the laundry bag can lead to the fact that the flock coating is beating against the machine which – after a few times – leads to the conclusion that the flock coating is being damaged more and more. These jerseys should only being washed with a laundry bag.

My jersey is severely soiled with stains what can I do?

In this case I recommend first to soak it, which means putting water (hot or cold) into a small container and then put washing powder in it. Then you leave it for a day if afterwards the stains are not gone put it in a laundry back in the machine. If it is still not gone we recommend „getting Vanish Multi Textile cleaner“ for the stain and spray it on it. After that you wait 5 minutes and then wash it in the machine in the laundry bag. If it is still there after having done that a few times then you won’t be able to get it out. All other solutions would cause more damages tot he jersey.

What should never be done when cleaning the jersey?

  • The jersey should never been cleaned with a brush also not with a hand brush or tooth brush that damages the small fissures and the jersey will be damaged because oft hat
  • Never use fabric softener
  • Never dry it in the dryer
  • Never iron it

The football jersey smells a lot e.g. like smoke?

The jersey can only be soaked in water for a long time (see above) and cleaned afterwards again and again. What can also help is using a disinfection spray which will neutralize the smell. I fit smells like smoke a lot it will take at least five to ten washing cycles before the smell has been neutralized.

Fire hole, holes or threads: what can I do?

Due to the high expenditures there hardly is a solution. Every solution would costs more than a new foorball jersey. You can consider put a patch from inside from your club. However, the emblem will be shown through the fabric. This might look nice though. If it is on the back a completely new flock coating can solve the problem.

Most of the times a hole is a complete damage. There will be put a lot of work into it and even after it has been repaired it usually is not a 100%. Unless it is on the back where a back flock coating can be exchanged.

On the shoulder you might want to consider putting a patch from the German football league (Bundesliga). On the belly or chest you might want to add an extra line such as: My club is XY“ or „German champion“ made out of polyflex. This could solve the problem.

 

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A.Wichmann