How to Wash Every Type of Sports Uniforms

Baseball to Wrestling

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    Have a Winning Uniform in Every Sport

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    For almost all amateur athletes (and fans), the care and cleaning of sports uniforms fall to the individual team members. How you clean the uniforms varies by the amount of soil gathered for indoor versus outdoor sports. If you run indoor track or play indoor volleyball, then follow the directions for caring for basketball uniforms. If you play field hockey, lacrosse, or run outside track, look to baseball for care and cleaning instructions.

    Select your sport and learn how to keep your uniform looking its best as you go for a win!

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    Baseball Caps

    How to Clean Baseball Caps
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    Whether you wear a baseball cap for work or play, there may come a time that it needs a bit of cleaning. But before you start, take time to look at the little tag on the inside to get an idea of fiber content and any manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.

    Your tag may be gone or unreadable and caps made before 1983 didn’t even require a tag. So, we’ll cover instructions for safe cleaning of almost any cap from vintage to wool to mesh.

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    How to Wash Baseball Uniforms
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    Keeping the boys and girls of summer looking great doesn’t need to be such a chore. It would be nice if all of the T-ball, softball, and baseball leagues had managers who whisked away the dirty uniforms and a nice, clean one magically appeared on game day. But since that is reserved for the chosen few, here are some tips for keeping baseball uniforms looking their best.

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    Basketball uniforms take more of a beating than most people imagine from sweat, body soil, and even a few blood stains. Keeping the uniforms clean is not a tough stretch; but here are some tips for keeping basketball uniforms looking their best.

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    Cheerleaders are true athletes with great skill. And keeping their cheer uniforms looking great is important because every fan's eyes are on those athletic leaders. One of the most important steps in a good looking uniform is to keep colors bright and prevent dye bleeding. Follow these steps to keep every cheerleader looking his or her best.

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    Enthusiastic Fan

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    Every true fan has a team jersey for their favorite sport, probably lots of them. These jerseys are expensive and you want them to last as long as possible. Learn how to keep them looking great and make repairs if the letters or numbers begin to peel away.

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    How to Clean Football Uniforms
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    Keeping football uniforms looking like a winner is all about getting rid of grass and mud stains. From Pee Wee to Pop Warner to high school "Friday Night Lights", here are some tips for keeping football uniforms looking great, especially those away game whites.

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    Martial Arts

    Karate Uniform Care
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    Whether you are a student of karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, or another martial arts, the uniform is a symbol of your skill. How you present yourself is important to your art. Keeping a pristine uniform doesn't need to be such a chore if you follow a few basics.

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    Skiing and Snowboarding

    Care of Skiing and Snowboarding Clothes

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    Whether you are on a team or participating in a solo sport of skiing and snowboarding, staying dry is essential. This clothing is made of high-tech fabrics and is expensive to purchase. Learn how to make as serviceable and last as long possible.

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    soccer uniform
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    Until your soccer star becomes a college or professional team sensation, all those dirty uniforms, shin guards, and socks are left to parents and kids to keep clean. Whether it is practice or game day gear, here are some tips for keeping soccer uniforms looking their best.

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    Team Swimsuits

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    Today's swim team swimsuits are built for competition and speed. These are not a bathing suit for showing off your physique and lounging by the pool. Competitive swimming is serious business. So whether you are another Michael Phelps or just enjoy competition, learn how to care for your swim uniform to keep a racer's edge.

    And for the sport of fishing or boating, don't forget to care for life jackets just as regularly as other gear.

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    Wrestling Singlets

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    Greco-Roman wrestling isn't like professional wrestling in the WWE with all its glitz and showbiz. There is no entourage to pamper these athletes or a trunk full of costumes. Keeping competitive wrestling uniforms or singlets at their best is easy if you understand the fabric and learn how to remove sweaty odors. For the serious school and club wrestlers, here are some tips for keeping wrestling uniforms looking their best.