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Caring for Team Jerseys
Team jerseys (for use in sport, or to support a team) start at $100 and go all the way up to $350. Many of our customers don’t want to risk ruining such a prized garment, so they choose to have A Cleaner World care for them. If you opt to care for your team jersey at home, here are a few things you need to know:
- These garments are usually made from synthetic fibers like nylon, polyester, spandex, or a blend.
- The biggest concern while cleaning is dye bleeding, so it’s incredibly important to follow the instructions on the care label. If the color does bleed when washed according to the manufacturer’s directions, return it to the place of purchase.
- If it is brand new, consider washing it alone the first go-round.
- Treat any mud, grass, or food stains before placing in the washer.
- Turn the garment inside out to avoid abrasions.
- Dry in the dryer if the care label indicates that it is safe but avoid high drying temperatures. Remove as soon as the cycle is complete. Shrinkage and permanent wrinkles may result, and anything with laminated logos should be air-dried. The heat from the dryer could cause the logo or letters to crack or stick together.
- Again, check the care label for ironing instructions. Polyester is usually safe to iron on the lowest temperature setting but avoid ironing areas with laminated logos or letters because they can melt or smear.
- If your jersey is autographed, it is better off not being cleaned or washed. All ink, including sharpie, fades with each cleaning, and over time, that special autograph will fade away.