How to Make Your Jersey Last for Years

Baseball resting on a folded jersey.

If you’re an athlete or simply love sports, then you likely have an array of jerseys that you look to keep in tip-top condition for a long time.  As you well know, sports jerseys go through a lot of wear and tear, ranging from sweat and mud stains to tears.  But, you don’t have to keep spending money on new jerseys every season.

Our guide will provide you with tips and tricks that will extend the life of your jersey and save you money in the long run.

Wash Your Jersey Properly

When you return from a game or practice, your jersey is likely covered in sweat and dirt.  It’s essential to clean it as soon as possible, but in the right way.  Always read the care label, as some fabrics need specific methods of washing.  For the most part, you should hand wash your jersey with cool water and mild detergent; make sure you avoid bleach at all costs.  Don’t toss your jersey in the dryer either, it will cause shrinkage and damage the fabric.  Instead, hang it to air dry in a cool place away from sunlight.

Store Your Jersey Properly

The way you store your jersey is critical to its lifespan.  Always fold your jersey, and avoid keeping it on a hanger or in a cramped space.  It’s best to store it flat, as it will avoid strain on the shoulders and the fabric.  Use a plastic container with a lid or a sealed plastic bag to keep out dust and dirt.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Sunlight can be your jersey’s worst enemy.  Direct sunlight can easily fade the fabric and make it look worn out.  There will of course be occasions to wear your jersey outdoors but avoid leaving your jersey in direct sunlight for an extended period.  If you need to air dry it outside, ensure it’s in a shaded area.

Be Careful with Embroidery and Printing

Most jerseys come custom with embroidery and printing.  To keep your jersey looking new, it’s essential to be cautious when handling it.  Don’t use a harsh brush or scrub that will be hard on the embroidery or printing area.  Carefully wash those areas with a gentle hand without putting too much pressure on them.

Tackle Stains Immediately

Stains on your jersey can be frustrating and challenging to remove.  The key to success is to tackle the stain immediately.  Use a stain remover, and a gentle scrub to remove the stain without damaging the fabric.  Don’t continue to wear your jersey with stains, as it will cause the fabric to weaken eventually.

Man's hand holding clothing with black stain/mark.


By implementing these five tips and tricks, you will be able to extend the life of your sports jerseys and keep them looking as if they are new.  In turn, you’ll save time, money, and you’ll be able to continue showcasing the pride in your sport or team without continuously replacing your jersey.

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