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    You’re still on a high from the Nigerian Super Eagles big win and you’ve sported your UNITY Jersey until it’s time for its first wash, how will you preserve your one-of-kind gem? Too many times we’ve bought things that were of high quality but we just didn’t know how to treat or take care of the item for it to last very long.

    How To Take Care of Your UNITY Jersey
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    Words by Tia Muhammad

    You’re still on a high from the Nigerian Super Eagles big win and you’ve sported your UNITY Jersey until it’s time for its first wash, how will you preserve your one-of-kind gem? Too many times we’ve bought things that were of high quality but we just didn’t know how to treat or take care of the item for it to last very long. Whether you intend to frame it or wear it out to show off your new threads, it’s important to take into consideration key details when washing and storing your authentic football (soccer) jersey.

    Need some tips to keep your UNITY Jersey in tip-top shape? Check out how to take care of an authentic jersey to last the test of time:

    1 Know What You’re Getting

    The UNITY Jersey is made of a high-quality grade of polyester. The UNITY lettering and Nigerian flag on the side is made of a material called “flock”. Flock is a more textured form of polyester with the feel of a soft suede. The two together make colors pop and uphold the frame of your authentic football jersey.

    Quick Insight About Polyester: We chose polyester as the fabric of the authentic UNITY Jersey because it resists wrinkles, fading and shrinking when taken care of properly. In addition, polyester was also used in the lettering and flag to create a seamless suede-like blend that makes our jersey’s colors vivid and more durable. However, it is important to note that polyester also has its limitations. It may pill, easily stain with oil-based spills, and is also susceptible to static cling. So, it is imperative to read the care instructions carefully and take proper care of your jersey to maintain its good appearance and feel.

    2 Make Sure To Wash Inside Out

    This way the fabric and flock will last longer. A polyester-knit blend fabric can be snagged easily and may catch on clasps, trim or buttons from other items. To avoid any snags or damage to your authentic jersey, turn it inside-out before tossing it into the washing machine.

    For Best Results: Hand Wash Your Jersey To Protect Quality Hand-washing your authentic jersey is the surest way to maintain quality. But if you choose to do this, you need to make sure you’re gentle with the fabric and not in a hurry. When hand-washing make sure to:

    • Soak your jersey in lukewarm water with a light detergent. Pro-Tip! Try to avoid picking a detergent that is “tough on stains” or formulated for deep-stains. This might fade the color of your fabric or otherwise harm the quality of the fabric.
    • Swirl it around in the water until it gets soapy with suds
    • Then, rinse with cold clean water.
    • Squeeze out the extra water.

    For Okay Results: Machine Wash On Cold With Like Colors Most experts agree that polyester is best cleaned with warm water, but using warm water with colors and especially synthetic fabrics, will lessen the vibrancy of your colors over time. Hot water may also cause gradual shrinkage and color bleeding. Use cold water to clean and protect your polyester clothes as well as prolong the life of your authentic jersey.

    3Always Air Dry, Do Not Tumble Dry

    This is mainly because the fabric will peel over time when you tumble dry. Polyester can melt or shrink when exposed to high heat levels. One of the easiest ways to avoid shrinkage or other damage caused by drying your clothes in a conventional dryer is to air dry your clothes.

    Try this!

    • Hang your authentic jersey on plastic (never felt or wire) coat hangers or a clothes line to help dry it quicker. You want to avoid felt or wire hangers because the felt fabric may bleed through your lighter clothes and the wire hanger will misshape your garment once it is dry.
    • Hang your jersey outside on a dry and sunny day or in a place in your house with excellent air flow to avoid the mildew smell that might appear in your clothes from drying in dark damp places.
    • Take your jersey down immediately when it is dry. This is to avoid any misshapenness or imprints that your clothing clips or hangers may leave their mark on.

    4 Iron With A Warm Iron, Inside Out

    Last, but certainly not least. Extreme heat directly on your jersey will absolutely burn and melt the fabric of your jersey. Using a hot iron will not only destroy your jersey’s material but also deface the flock that is stitched throughout your jersey’s lettering and appliques. Use a steamer or turn your jersey inside out, on a low polyester/synthetic setting, to get wrinkle out and bring your authentic jersey back to life!

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