How to Clean a White Stained Football Jersey

Updated November 21, 2016

Unless a game is played on an artificial turf field, football commonly equals stains. Grass and dirt are often the primary culprits in football uniform stains. Although just as easily stained, darker-colour uniforms do not typically show dirt as much as white game trousers or jerseys. Cleaning white football jerseys can often be done by following a few steps. It is important to understand some traditional laundry products including bleach can damage or ruin a football jersey and should not be used.

Brush as much dirt, grass or debris from the white football jersey as possible using a dry, soft-bristle brush.

Hold the white jersey under running water and attempt to loosen and remove as much grass and dirt stains as possible with your hands or the brush.

Spread the jersey on a work surface and apply fabric pre-wash stain treatment. Use an applicator stain stick or liquid stain treatment and work into the stain on the jersey.

Wash the jersey in warm water with a mild detergent. Remove the jersey when the wash cycle is finished and hang the jersey to dry in a warm location. Avoid placing the jersey in a dryer.

Things You'll Need

  • Cold running water
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Stain treatment stick or liquid
  • Washing machine with warm water
  • Clothesline
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About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.