While custom quality sports uniforms do last, nothing is impervious to the wear and tear that athletes put their uniforms through. In fact, with all the sliding into a home run or just the sun and sweat that they are exposed to, uniforms go through a lot. Luckily, just because there are some small repairs that need to be done doesn't mean that the whole uniform needs to be replaced. In fact, we have all the information you need on how to make small uniform repairs.
You may find that while the rest of the sports uniform is holding up great, the numbers or letters on the jersey may begin peeling. If that's the case, you'll need to repair this, and luckily, there is a very easy fix for it. You'll need an iron, a piece of cardboard, and white paper. Take the clean jersey, put the piece of cardboard between the inside and outside of the jersey. Cover the number or letter that is peeling off with a piece of white paper, and then apply the iron to it. Make sure the steam is turned off on the iron, and the paper is covering the letter to prevent direct heat transfer. This should help the adhesive reactivate and will help those letters or numbers to hold on for a bit longer.
Small Rips and Tears
Unfortunately, no uniform is indestructible, so with that being said, there may be small rips and tears that appear along the seams of the uniform just from general playing and wear and tear. Luckily, these can easily be fixed and don't require a brand new uniform, you'll just need a similar colored thread, a needle, and some patience. Turn the shirt or pants inside out to where you can see the seam that ripped. Thread the needle with the thread, tying off the end of the thread with a small knot. Then simply begin sewing up the tear. By turning the uniform inside out, your quick fix won't be seen by anyone, and you can go over the seam at least once, maybe even twice to ensure that the repair will hold even during a vigorous game.
From dirt to dust to grass stains, sports uniforms seem to always take the brunt of it. This can certainly dampen the appearance of a team uniform and can cause your player to stand out in a different way than they'd prefer. However, with some quick thinking and the proper products, stains can be a thing of the past. One way to keep stains out, depending on the uniform, is to soak in fabric softener for about 10 minutes with warm water, don't rinse, and then hang to dry. This is particularly beneficial with baseball pants and shirts. The fabric softener helps to make the pants slicker, which means that red mud won't stick to the clothing as easily. If you've still got stains to deal with, there are a few different ways to take care of them. First, you can try presoaking the uniform. This will be done with cold water and will remove as much loose dirt, grass, etc., that could be caught on the uniform. Then, you'll want to fill up a sink with warm water, some laundry detergent or stain remover, and soak the uniform for an hour. Now, if there are blood stains from an injury in any uniform, make sure you don't use warm or hot water. Hot water makes blood set in, whereas cold water will help to remove the stains very easily. Depending on the color of the uniform, a small amount of hydrogen peroxide can be used for some heavy set stains that are baked in. Borax is another option that works great for stain removal. Add it into the laundry load, and wash as normal. The uniforms should always be washed alone, and you'll want to air dry them. Give them a good once over and ensure that the stain has been properly removed. If not, you'll want to add a bit more stain remover and put it through a cold cycle of the wash again. This will help ensure that you are focusing on removing those set-in stains.
Small uniform repairs are super easy to do and don't require any special equipment or machines. In fact, everything can be done at-home or even on the road if you are traveling and playing in tournaments. For all major repairs or damages, replacing the uniform may be necessary.