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  • June 25, 2023 2 min read

    We’ve all been there. The weekly clothes wash has been done. You look down at the pile of clothes and spot your beloved vintage Arsenal shirt from 1987. It hasn’t gone in the tumble dryer has it?

    One question that we often get asked is whether it is safe to tumble dry football shirts. In this article, we will explore this topic and you with some tips to help you make an informed decision.

    Proper washing guidelines for football shirts

    Before delving into the specifics of tumble drying, it's important to establish the proper washing guidelines for football shirts. As outlined in our guide to washing football shirts, the first step is to separate your shirts by color.

    This prevents any potential color bleeding. Turning the shirts inside out helps protect the printed or embroidered logos and names. Additionally, it's advisable to wash your shirts on a relatively cold cycle to avoid any unnecessary damage.

    The tumble dryer dilemma

    While tumble drying may seem convenient - it can save time when washing shirts in bulk or where hanging up to dry may not be practical - but generally tumble drying it is not recommended for football shirts.

    The high heat and mechanical action of the dryer can cause shrinkage, fading, and damage to the shirt's fabric, logos, and designs. The risk of premature wear and tear increases significantly when subjected to these conditions. Therefore, it is advisable to explore alternative drying methods to ensure the longevity and pristine condition of your vintage football shirts.

    Alternative football shirts drying methods 

    Fortunately, there are safer alternatives to tumble drying that will help preserve your football shirts. After washing, gently squeeze out excess water without wringing or twisting the fabric. Next, lay the shirt flat on a clean towel or drying rack, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. This method allows for air circulation, facilitating natural drying while minimizing the risk of damage. Remember to reshape the shirt if necessary, ensuring that logos and designs are in their correct positions.

    In conclusion, tumble drying football shirts is generally not recommended due to the potential risks it poses to the fabric and overall condition. Instead, opt for alternative drying methods that prioritize gentle treatment and preservation. By following the proper washing guidelines, separating colors, turning shirts inside out, and using cold cycles, you can minimize the need for tumble drying altogether. Embracing alternative drying methods such as flat drying will help maintain the integrity of your football shirts, ensuring they remain in excellent condition for many seasons to come.

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