Baseball is a sport that requires a lot of jumping, running and diving on the dirt and grass. It is quite self-explanatory as to why baseball jerseys and baseball pants look and smell like crap after they are worn in a match. It would be such a relief if you could get a new one every match like the MLB players get. But since you and I aren’t playing in the MLB right now, we might as well learn how clean those dirty baseball team uniforms in a way that they look like they’re brand new.
Baseball team uniforms are usually made out of a heavy polyester knit or mesh. These fabrics are extremely durable, are pretty stretchable, and are moisture absorbent and quick drying as well. When cleaning them up you have to take care of certain things so that the polyester or mesh does not lose the properties that make it fit for the game.
Things to take care of are that these fabrics should always be washed in cold or lukewarm water, and should be dried by hanging. Try to keep the baseball uniforms away from heat as the heat can cause the fabric to shrink. They can cause the decals to peel away, and can also make stains set in the fabric which would make it even difficult to get rid of them.
THE CLEANING PROCESS
What you’ll need:
- High-grade Detergent
- Baking Soda
- Club Soda
- Washing Machine
- Cold Water
- Lukewarm water
Rinse the baseball uniform properly.
When you get free from the game, waste no time and just go and rinse your baseball pants and baseball jersey with cool water so that you can get rid and loosen up as much dirt as possible.
Soak your baseball uniform and let it rest.
Before doing anything else simply soak your baseball jersey and baseball pants in a bucket of lukewarm water. Next, add 1 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons of a high-grade detergent. Then you just let it rest for at least an hour (the longer you let it rest the better the stain removal).
After we have let our baseball team uniform soak for at least an hour. Put the uniform in the machine and fill it with lukewarm water and add your high-grade detergent. Set the dial to the permanent press cycle and let it go. (Do not use hot water as it damages the decals and stickers)
Hang it out to dry
When the washing is done put your baseball team uniform on a clothesline to let it dry. Keep away from direct sunlight as the sunlight can fade the color of your jersey and can cause cracks to the stickers and decals.
Inspect your uniform for any stains that are left
Soaking the uniform before the wash typically handles most of the stains but there are some stains that require even more attention from you. If there are any mud or grass stains left to put some salt onto the stain and then pour some club soda onto it. Let it rest for a few minutes then rub onto the stain gently in a circular motion. Next, you just rinse and wash the baseball uniform with the high-grade detergent again. If even this doesn’t work you can go for some oxygen bleaches or borax (always keep this as the last resort). IT will surely get rid of the stain.
Three amazing tips:
- Always wash the baseball team uniforms alone
- You can add a bit of fabric softener in the last cycle. The fabric softener will not only make the uniforms comfortable and soft they will also make the fibers of the baseball uniform resistant to dirt.
- If you don’t have the availability of soft water and are using hard water. Add a little water conditioner while cleaning. This would prevent the damage that hard water can cause and it would also make the detergents work better.