Stephen Steinberg | September 12, 2018
It should be no surprise that lacrosse jerseys seem to get dirtier than any other sports jersey. Grass stains, mud stains, sweat stains, Gatorade stains- the list goes on.
This causes major challenges for anyone who ends up cleaning lacrosse equipment, let alone lacrosse jerseys, from the lacrosse mom to the professional equipment manager.
No need to worry though! If you understand exactly what type of stains you’re dealing with when washing lacrosse jerseys and how to best eliminate them, you’ll be just fine.
Here are our tips on how to properly wash lacrosse jerseys to get them as fresh and clean as possible:
Don’t Let The Stains Set
Many stains such as grass and gatorade stains are notoriously tough to clean because they are chemically similar to fabric dye and can permanently stain your lacrosse jerseys if given enough time. The most important step is to prevent this from happening by beginning the washing process as quickly as possible. Wash your jerseys as soon as possible after use. If you cannot properly wash them immediately, at least rinse or soak in cold water until you’re ready.
Pre-Treating And Soaking Is Probably Necessary
The stains you’ll be dealing with on lacrosse jerseys are so difficult, you’ll want to put them through a thorough cleaning process that includes pre-treatment and soaking. First you’ll want to rinse the jersey in a sink, shower or tub to get rid of all the dirt and debris. Then you’ll want to pre-treat specific stains. The easiest way to do this is to mix a little detergent with some water in a cup, then use a soft toothbrush to apply the mixture directly to the stain. After that, you’ll want to let the jerseys soak with the detergent for at least an hour prior to washing. You can do this in a tub or bucket, or you can start washing the jerseys in the washing machine and pause towards the beginning of the cycle.
Always Try Cold-Water First On Grass Or Blood Stains
Hot water sets protein-based stains such as grass and blood, two stains unfortunately associated with lacrosse. For this reason, you’ll want to first go through the entire cleaning process with cold water when rinsing, pre-treating, soaking and washing. If after the entire process there is still staining, you can go through the process again with warm or hot water (rinse, pre-treat, soak, wash). This is sometimes necessary because stains aren’t always completely protein-based, so it’s important to get rid of the protein-stains first before moving to a warm or hot wash to prevent setting the stains.
Use A Detergent Designed For Cold Water
The general rule of thumb is that the hotter the water temperature, the cleaner your laundry will get. But because many of the stains a lacrosse jersey will encounter will be protein-based, you’ll want to use cold water throughout the process to prevent setting those stains. But you’ll still need to eliminate the stains that aren’t protein-based, so for that reason you’ll want to use a detergent designed for cold water. This way you can still use cold water without putting yourself at a disadvantage.
Use A Detergent With Enzymes
Newer, high-performance laundry detergents utilize enzymes to eliminate stains and odors. Enzyme-based laundry detergents are much more effective at eliminating tough stains such as grass, blood and dirt than traditional laundry detergents. For this reason, you’ll want to use enzymatic laundry detergents when washing your lacrosse jerseys. Luckily, Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergents all use advanced cold-water enzyme blends to help you get the job done right.
Wash Jerseys Inside-Out
What’s the point of getting your lacrosse jersey fresh, bright and clean if the logo is tearing off and the seams are fraying? Washing machines are very rough on clothing, even on gentle cycles. This will cause fabrics to rub against each other and cause premature aging of the materials. Keep your lacrosse jerseys in pristine condition by washing them inside-out so if there is friction on the material, it happens on the inside of the jersey and isn’t visible when worn.
Air Dry, Don’t Put In Dryer
Lacrosse jerseys don’t do well in dryers for a number of reasons. First, there is a lot of friction on the jerseys as they tumble around, which can cause pilling and fraying in the fabric. Second, the heat can cause problems with anything that was heat-transferred to the jersey, which can include logos, names and numbers. For these reasons alone, you’ll want to air dry lacrosse jerseys either by laying them flat or hanging them up.
Wash All Your Laundry, Including Lacrosse Jerseys, With Vapor Fresh Laundry Detergent
Vapor Fresh® Laundry Detergent was designed with sports apparel in mind, which is why it’s formulated with an advanced cold-water enzyme blend to deal with lacrosse-specific stains in the most efficient way possible. Available in powder form and dissolvable pods.