Caring for Athletic Uniforms This Winter

With winter comes the winter sports season - and dirty sports uniforms.

Sports uniforms experience significant soiling, wear, and tear. Special attention should be given. Sports uniforms are usually made from synthetic fibers, such as nylon, polyester, spandex, or a blend of these fibers.

The biggest problem athletic uniforms may experience is dye bleeding during the cleaning process. For this reason, it is important that you follow the manufacturer's care instructions carefully.

Because some dyes are water-soluble, resulting in fading or dye transfer during washing, many uniforms have care labels that recommend a cold water wash. The colour should be safe if washed in cold water, but it will often bleed if washed at a higher temperature.

Here are some tips on how to keep those athletic uniforms looking great:

  • Check the care label to determine the best method of care. Dry cleaning is usually the most effective method for removing heavy soiling.
  • Before cleaning, test for colorfastness to avoid colour pick-up on other articles.
  • Wash at a low temperature to reduce the chance of bleeding colours. Mud and grass stains may require treatment before washing.
  • Avoid high drying temperatures. Shrinkage and permanent wrinkles may result. Laminated synthetics should be air dried.
  • Do not allow items to soak or be wet for long periods of time.
  • Immediately remove athletic uniforms from the dryer and hang to avoid permanent wrinkles.
  • When ironing, make sure it is set at the proper setting. A low temperature setting, such as polyester, is usually safe.

We offer special rates on dry cleaning bulk uniforms if you'd like to know more or you have questions get in touch.

Scott Townsend