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How to Keep Football Shirts in Perfect Condition in 2024

We know that football shirts hold immense sentimental value for fans, representing cherished memories of victories, heroes, and shared experiences. They can also be very expensive, too!

How to Store Football Shirts

As we’ve explored in articles like this one, football shirts are only going one way.

And that’s up in value.

Day by day, the clamour for retro jerseys is continuing to increase, with even the most novice of collectors cutting their teeth on having the odd strip in their wardrobe to get started.

But whether you’re a seasoned collector or simply want to preserve your favourite shirts for years to come, proper storage is essential to maintain condition. In this article, we’ll provide valuable tips on how to store football shirts effectively, ensuring they remain minted for generations to come.

Give them a Good Clean

Before storing your football shirts, it’s crucial to ensure they’re clean.

Dirt, sweat, and stains left untreated can become set into the fabric over time, leading to discolouration and deterioration. And you might even attract the occasional moth with his not ideal.

Follow the care instructions on the label or opt for gentle hand washing to remove any dirt or stains. Once cleaned, allow the shirts to air dry completely before proceeding to storage.

For more information, check out this helpful guide on the Castore website.

Store them in the Right Place

Selecting the appropriate storage space is essential for maintaining their condition.

Avoid areas prone to fluctuations in temperature and humidity, such as attics, basements, or garages, as these conditions can promote mold growth and damage the fabric.

Instead, opt for a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area, such as a closet or wardrobe.

Use Acid-Free Tissue Paper

When folding your football shirts for storage, consider placing acid-free tissue paper between layers to prevent creasing and protect the fabric.

Acid-free tissue paper is gentle on the fabric and helps maintain its integrity over time.

Avoid using regular tissue paper or newspaper, as the acid content can cause yellowing and staining. And yes, use some form of tissue paper – as it’ll help to prevent the colour bleeding from one part of the jersey to the next – essential for older shirts with colour blocks.

Avoid Plastic or Vacuum-Sealed Bags

While it may be tempting to use plastic bags or vacuum-sealed storage to protect your football shirts, these methods can do more harm than good in the long run.

Plastic bags can trap moisture, leading to mould and mildew growth, while vacuum-sealed storage can compress the fabric and cause creasing. Instead, opt for breathable storage solutions that allow air circulation to keep the shirts fresh and dry.

No-one likes a generational crease in their football jerseys, come on!

Rotate Shirts Periodically

To prevent excessive wear and fading on specific shirts, consider rotating them periodically.

Much like how sneakerheads do with their collection – to freshen things up and maintain integrity.

By alternating the shirts on display or in storage, you can ensure each shirt receives equal exposure to light and air, helping to maintain their condition over time.

This practice also allows you to enjoy a variety of shirts while preserving their longevity. Win-win.

Regularly Inspect and Air Out Shirts

They’re like your children – only more valuable.

So, make sure you check in on them!

Periodically inspect your stored football shirts for any signs of damage, mould, or pests. If you notice any issues, take immediate action to address them and prevent further damage.

Additionally, airing out the shirts periodically can help prevent mustiness and promote freshness. Simply remove the shirts from storage and allow them to breathe for a few hours before returning them to their containers.

Nobody likes a shirt which smells ‘match-worn’, without actually being match-worn.


By following these tips, you can ensure your cherished shirts remain in pristine condition for years to come, allowing you to continue enjoying the memories they represent.

Whether you’re a collector or a fan, investing in proper storage techniques is a small but important step in caring for your football shirts.

And if you ever have plans to sell… then these tips are nigh-on crucial!

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