How to Remove Stains from an Authentic Football Jersey

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Things You'll Need

  • Cornstarch

  • Aerosol petroleum-based stain remover

  • 2 cups white vinegar

  • Bucket

  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent

  • Padded hanger


Heat from a clothing iron or the dryer causes nylon jersey fabric to shrink or melt. Blot, dab or sponge stains on your authentic football jersey to avoid tearing or damaging the fabric.

Don't let stains ruin your game day party.
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Wearing your favorite team's authentic football jersey is one way to show team spirit. When stains from game day snacks and activities end up on your jersey, they must be removed carefully to avoid damaging the shirt. Decals, contrasting colors and sewn-on logos, along with nylon fabric require you to care for your authentic jersey carefully to avoid discoloration, shrinkage or melting fabric. You can clean your authentic football jersey and remove stains with careful treatment.

Step 1

Sprinkle cornstarch over any greasy food stains on your authentic jersey. Let the cornstarch soak up the oil for 15 minutes before brushing it off.

Step 2

Spray all stains from greasy food, grass stains or dirt with a petroleum-based prewash stain remover. Allow the stain remover to soak into the fabric of your authentic football jersey for two to three minutes to loosen the stain.

Step 3

Rinse your football jersey with cool water to remove the prewash stain remover and any loosened stain material.

Step 4

Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into a bucket and add 1 gallon of warm water. Soak your authentic football jersey in the diluted vinegar solution to remove the remaining stains.

Step 5

Wash your jersey in warm water on the permanent-press or low-agitation cycle. Use heavy duty laundry detergent and add 1 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to act as a fabric softener and odor remover.

Step 6

Hang your football jersey on a padded clothes hanger. Allow it to air-dry fully, away from direct heat sources.


Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.