Soccer Jerseys & Apparel
We strongly suggest that you follow the manufacturer’s guidance for caring for apparel you have purchased. This information can normally be found on the tags of the item. The following instructions are a summary of best practices for caring for soccer apparel.
Washing: The best way to clean soccer jerseys is to set the washing machine for warm wash and cold rinse. Turn your jersey inside out and wash in normal cycle. This is a very important step if your jersey has lettering or numbering attached such as sponsor logo or decal. For the first few washes, you should wash your shirts in a colored wash load, as the residual dye in the fabrics may release enough to bleed into other items.
Drying: It is best to air dry your jerseys. You can soften up the feel of a dry jersey by machine drying at a warm temperature setting for a few minutes ONLY. Never dry in a Hot/High Temperature dryer, especially for an extended period of time. If you over-heat the embellishments such as applied lettering, stripes, or brand logos, they can start to separate from the material, crack, or stick together.
Soccer Shoes (Leather)
After playing on artificial turf it is especialy important to remove all rubber pellets as these can rip the cleats apart from the inside if not taken care of. If playing on a natural surface, clap the cleat sides together to remove dirt and mud.
Never machine wash the cleats as it will break down the materials. It is best to hand wash the cleats in warm, soapy water. It is important to do this because the salt from your sweat is able to break down the cleat. Do not machine dry the cleats as it will dry out the leather. Likewise do not dry in direct sunlight, because it also leads to the break down of the materials. It is best to dry the cleats in front of a humidifier or in a dark warm area.
Some people wish to apply leather softener, also known as leather food, to their cleats after use. This replenishes the oils in the leather and also brings out the original color. (This is only for leather cleats)
When not in use fill the shoes with newspaper to help keep the shape of your foot and prevent overstretching. When transporting shoes use a breathable bag so that the cleats do not dry out.
Refrain from wearing the cleats on hard surfaces such as pavement and concrete, this wears down the studs. Store cleats in a moist dark area when not in use.
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