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So I picked up an old CCM white Rangers jersey. Aside from a couple stains, it's a beautiful jersey. However, like most white jerseys that are over ten years old, it has started to "yellow" a little bit and lose its vibrancy. Any suggestions on how to help restore its brightness, if at all possible?

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So I picked up an old CCM white Rangers jersey. Aside from a couple stains, it's a beautiful jersey. However, like most white jerseys that are over ten years old, it has started to "yellow" a little bit and lose its vibrancy. Any suggestions on how to help restore its brightness, if at all possible?

I'll wash a dingy white jersey with detergent and oxyclean. You might also try some color-safe bleach.

Do not put it in the dryer afterwards though. It will come out of the wash relatively dry compared to a cotton shirt. Then just air dry it so you don't have to worry about crests possibly shrinking at a different rate than the jersey and getting puckered or wrinkled.

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I happened to slop on the front my Iginla Flames 2004 Cup Jersey acouple years ago, and didnt notice it until i took it off my wall last week. Do you have any suggustions on how to get stains out of a white jersey? The stains are now yellowish, im gussing they were from a cola or maybe ketchup stains. Ive tried straight spot cleaning with bleech but it did not work, and i am looking for any other ideas.

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I happened to slop on the front my Iginla Flames 2004 Cup Jersey acouple years ago, and didnt notice it until i took it off my wall last week. Do you have any suggustions on how to get stains out of a white jersey? The stains are now yellowish, im gussing they were from a cola or maybe ketchup stains. Ive tried straight spot cleaning with bleech but it did not work, and i am looking for any other ideas.

I'll take some bleach, put it on a toothbrush, and scrub. I was able to get some stains out of a white jersey this way, although they weren't that bad.

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I'll wash a dingy white jersey with detergent and oxyclean. You might also try some color-safe bleach.

Do not put it in the dryer afterwards though. It will come out of the wash relatively dry compared to a cotton shirt. Then just air dry it so you don't have to worry about crests possibly shrinking at a different rate than the jersey and getting puckered or wrinkled.

Sorry, but I have found that oxyclean can cause color bleeding in the crests of some jerseys, especially CCM 550's. It caused bleeding in a Carolina white jersey that I have. Washed in cold water with a Pro Player jersey that didn't bleed. I have had other people tell me that they noticed bleeding after using oxyclean. I would absolutely avoid using that product. Sorry, Billy Mayes.

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So is color-safe bleach the way to go? Anyone else ever use that on a faded white jersey?

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This may sound crazy but I have had a great deal of success with Dreft baby laundry stain remover. Tough stains usually come out on the colored portions and works great on the white areas of the jersey. I have never had a problem with colors running or bleaching. Give it a shot if you get a chance.

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Run your bathtub with warm water (not hot) and add some laundry soap and mix it up well. Place the jersey in there and let it soak for a while. Use a toothbrush and agitate the stain with the brush. Then wash in the washing machine using cold water and hang to air dry. I have had success doing this with white jerseys with stains using powdered Tide detergent.

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do any of these tricks work on the crest? I have a few jerseys with stains on the crest and I'm guessing dry cleaning or any of that won't work

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I'LL WASH A DINGY WHITE JERSEY WITH DETERGENT AND OXYCLEAN!! YOU MIGHT ALSO TRY SOME COLOR-SAFE BLEACH.

Do not put it in the dryer afterwards though. It will come out of the wash relatively dry compared to a cotton shirt. Then just air dry it so you don't have to worry about crests possibly shrinking at a different rate than the jersey and getting puckered or wrinkled.

Fixed. :-P

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So, if the oxyclean causes the crests to bleed, are you going to replace it for him? If you've ever had a jersey ruined by that crap, like I have, then you might think twice about that post of yours.

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Run your bathtub with warm water (not hot) and add some laundry soap and mix it up well. Place the jersey in there and let it soak for a while. Use a toothbrush and agitate the stain with the brush. Then wash in the washing machine using cold water and hang to air dry. I have had success doing this with white jerseys with stains using powdered Tide detergent.

Great suggestion I happen to have a decades old Canucks home jersey I really need to get clean. The thing is off white now because it has never been washed.

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So I just got a white pigeon Lemieux jersey in the mail today and, as advertised, it has a stain by the collar. It's nothing major, but if I could get it to come out, that would be great. It's WAY too close to the collar to consider using a bleach pen; I'm terrified of the outcome.

It appears like it might be a nacho cheese stain that is many years old. Would it be worth to take it to a cleaner?

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So I just got a white pigeon Lemieux jersey in the mail today and, as advertised, it has a stain by the collar. It's nothing major, but if I could get it to come out, that would be great. It's WAY too close to the collar to consider using a bleach pen; I'm terrified of the outcome.

It appears like it might be a nacho cheese stain that is many years old. Would it be worth to take it to a cleaner?

why not just hit it with a pre-treater like shout and then run it through the washing machine?

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It looks like a really old stain. Think it would do anything?

only one way to find out. It's probably a good idea to wash it anyway, who knows what the previous owner did with it or how they kept it. The first thing I do whenever I get a new jersey is wash it.

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Ok, I'll give it a go.

Gentle obviously and no dryer, but Cold/Cold, Warm/Cold, what?

Thanks for the tips :)

cold/cold

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