How to Clean a White Stained Football Jersey

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How to Clean a White Stained Football Jersey
Follow a few simple steps to clean and maintain white football jerseys. (Darrin Klimek/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:

Things you need

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

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

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