How to clean the jersey properly

How to clean the jersey properly

Hello everyone,

you might have a football jersey with a stain or a place that doesn’t look nice anymore. Maybe you even have a hole or a fire hole. Here you can find out how to solve the problem. This is the general solution if you are looking for a more specific solution you can find out on our blog.

First and foremost you have to decide if you have an old jersey, which has a thick and rough flock coating such as the Werder Bremen jerseys with Portas or Germany 1986, or Bayern Munich with its commodore jerseys. These named jerseys have a felt, which is called flock coating. Maybe you are lucky and have a jersey from BVB Borussia Dortmund from 1995 which had the Continentale as a sponsor on the chest and where it is incorporated in the jersey which means that the whole jersey has been one print. With these kinds of jerseys you can almost do anything while cleaning. Or we are talking about the new jerseys since 2001, which generally didn’t have a good chest sponsor flock coating or digital print or polyflex print. Polyflex is like plastic or gummy and very thin so while washing or cleaning you have tob e very careful.

Generally it can be said that washing it on 30 °C and silk program nothing can happen. This means when washing it for 40 minutes at 30 °C and 600 turns per minute it can hardly be damaged. Never use fabric softener, which is synthetic and it damages the material. The jersey should always been put reverse so the flock coating does not hit the machine and never put it into the dryer. The best possible cleaning process is as follows:

  1. Washing up until 30 °C
  2. Don’t use fabric softener
  3. Wash it for 40 minutes
  4. Wash it up until 600 turns per minutes
  5. Put it reverse
  6. Never put it in the dryer

First of all I can recommend the Vanish Oci Action textile cleaner

This cleaning product is only being sprayed on stains and then put onto the jersey without using a brush or a sponge or other devices. Then you leave it for five minutes. Afterwards the jersey is being put in the washing machine; roughly 70% or more should also be dissolved by now. Even if there is still something to be seen you can put it in the laundry again and again within the next days.

Never ever use a brush or a sponge to clean the jersey, the jersey shags and will be damaged for good.

If this did not work there is a second recommendation which is the ox-gall soap. This cleaning product doesn’t have the danger of changing the colors oft he jerseys however, if nothing else has helped so far our priority is to get the stain out or to throw it out that’s why we have to step up. The producer of the ox-gall soap does not matter, just put it on the stain and put it in the laundry. This has helped many times.

Lastly, an as our third recommendation we introduce the all-rounder weapon nail polish remover, however it can also pose a big thread to damage the jersey so it should only be done if the stain really needs to go or you consider throwing it out. Put the nail polish remover on the stain and wait fort two to five minutes. Then put it in the laundry but I recommended not to put any other clothes since they might get destroyed by the nail polish remover.

When using the nail polish remover we usually use the one from Isana, the classic without any oil or smell. It is good in the sense that it only bleaches few jerseys. In most cases the stain was gone and the jersey as good as new.

The last possiibility which we have also used often was soking it, which means putting it in a small container with warm water 1/6 glass of washing powder and hoping that the flock coating doesn’t get soft and dissolves into thousand pieces which can actually happen. The soaking takes approximately one day and afterwards you can put the jersey into the washing machine.

What are the risks? So if something happens it is usually 98% happening tot he flock coating. Most of the times when it was a digital print and the colour dissolves. A digital print can be recognized because it usually has two or more colors in this case you should only use vanish and with caution. With jerseys with polyflex it usually should not be a problem. As long as you don’t put it in the dryer, use fabric softener or more than 600 turns per minute and don’t wash it hotter than 40°C everything should be fine. The safest solution is to use a silk program at 30 °C and 600 turns per minute for 40 minutes. From 2001 until 2005 a lot of jerseys have been produced in the so called silk-screen printing flock coated, with this one you can do whatever you want after having washed it ten times it is not looking good anymore and after twenty you will hardly recognize it.

What to do when it has a hole or a fire hole? In this case I recommend buying a patch to keep the material of the jersey together and depending on where it is to buy a small one online. Small patches are rare but sometimes stars can help or a similar symbol. You can stich the hole and then put a patch on top.

What to do when the flock coating is being damaged? That is unfortunately a complete damage since the glue will still be seen or rests of the flock coating and it would take more than two hours to remove it. It is never worth to remove it, it is always easier to throw it out or buy a new one. Even if you have removed it you will still be able to see remaining spots.

Conclusion: You have to decide what should happen to the jersey. Is the flock coating being damaged than the expenditures are not worth it. If there is a stain and should only be cleaned the above mentioned tips are worth their weight. We can’t give a guarantee it also depends on the stain itself. Unfortunately, we don’t clean jerseys of our clients, only our own.

Best regards
Your team from
Andre Wichmann
General Manager