How to Remove a Name From Your Football Shirt [Without damaging it]

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Whether you’re getting rid of an old team name or just want a fresh start, removing a name from a football shirt can be a challenge.

If you don’t do it right, you could end up with a ruined shirt.

But don’t worry, we’re here to help. Follow our step-by-step guide to learn how to remove a name from your football shirt – the easy way.

Let’s kick off!

Can you take names off football shirts?

The short answer is yes, you can take names off football shirts.

However, it’s not as simple as just peeling the name off. If you try to do that, you’ll likely end up damaging the shirt.

The best way to remove a name from a football shirt is to use an iron and a pair of scissors, or a product like Goo Gone or WD-40.

How do you remove a name from a football shirt?

Our favorite method is to use a hairdryer or steam iron on a silk setting; press it gently on to the letters/numbers for around 30 seconds. This should loosen the adhesive enough for you to peel off the vinyl letters or numbers.

Another option is to use a product like Goo Gone; simply apply it to the letters/numbers and wait a few minutes before wiping away.

If all else fails, you can always take it to a professional dry cleaner and they should be able to remove it for you without damaging the shirt.

How to remove a name from your football shirt top tips - the quickest, easiest and most cost effective method to remove vinyl letters from a football shirt is using an iron.

How to remove football shirt printing.

By far the quickest, easiest and most cost effective method to remove vinyl letters from a polyester football shirt is using an iron. Here’s what to do.

What You Need:

The good news is that you don’t need any fancy equipment or chemicals to remove names from football shirts; a simple household iron will do the trick. Here’s what else you’ll need:

– An ironing board (or a flat, hard surface)

– A sharp knife or pair of scissors

– A damp cloth

– washing up liquid (optional)

Step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Place your shirt on the ironing board name side up. We’re going to be ironing directly on the letters to melt them, so no turning the jersey inside out.

Step 2: Turn your iron on to a ‘silk’ setting and wait for it to heat up. You don’t want the heat too hot as it will burn the shirt.

Step 3: Once the iron has reached the right temperature, press down onto the first letter you want to remove for around 5 seconds. This should be just enough time heat to start melting the adhesive glue that’s sticking the letter to the shirt.

Step 4: Using your knife or scissors to lift the letters, carefully peel off the name. This might take a bit of scraping! If any adhesive remains, repeat steps 3 and 4 until all of the adhesive and the letters are removed.

Step 5: Once all of the adhesive is removed, turn your iron off and allow it to cool completely before storing it away.

Step 6: Once you’ve removed the name, you may find that there is a slight shadow or outline of where it was. To remove these marks, simply dab a little washing up liquid onto them and wipe away with a damp cloth.

Step 7: Once you’re happy that all traces of the name have been removed, give your shirt a good wash (preferably in vinegar water) to get rid of any residue from the products you’ve used. And that’s it! Your shirt will now be ready for its new owner or name!

Watch and learn: How to remove a name and number from your football shirt.

Here’s a great video that walks you through this process step-by-step.

How to remove a number from your football shirt?

If you need to remove a number from your football shirt, the process completely the same as the easy steps above.

Begin by laying your shirt out on an ironing board, setting the temperature of your iron to ‘silk’ and pressing firmly for around 5 seconds to heat up the number.

When the number has started to melt a little, use a sharp tool like a knife or scissors to carefully peel off each digit of the number, making sure to work slowly and delicately while doing so.

If there are any adhesive residues left on the fabric after the decal has been taken off (and there probably will be), you can use a small amount of dish soap and a damp cloth to clean both sides of where it was removed.

To prevent any scorching damage happening to your garment, it’s important to adjust your iron’s temperature depending on what type of fabric your football shirt is made out of, as well as using a protective layer such as parchment paper or press cloth between your shirt and iron.

Once everything is done, finish up by laundering in vinegar water for best results.

The entire process should take less than 10 minutes – and with just these few steps you’ll have successfully removed any old numbers from your beloved football jersey!

The final score.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about removing names, logos and number decals from football shirts.

With a little time and patience, you’ll have that shirt looking good as new in no time. And if all else fails, remember that you can always take it to a professional dry cleaner. They should be able to help you out without damaging the shirt.

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  • Anna Adams, Creative Director & Content Lead

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