Cleaning Embroidered Shirts

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated January 11, 2021)

Have you ever noticed how difficult cleaning embroidered shirts can be? Typically, the reason for this is that most embroidery is a different color and more delicate that the fabric that it is attached to. If the proper steps aren't taken, this can lead to popped threads and localized color bleeding to name only two of the more common problems. Never fear though, since cleaning embroidered shirts doesn't need to be that difficult. All you need to do is follow these simple steps.

  • Spot removers. There are many different tools that you can use when cleaning embroidered shirts. Perhaps one of the biggest tools that you can use are spot removers. As long as your shirt isn't colored, you can use something like a Clorox Bleach Pen to work on the stains. There are other, similar, kinds of pre-treatment options and spot removers that you can use to help get your embroidered shirts clean, and limit the amount of time it spends in the washing machine. Make sure that you follow all directions carefully when you do this though.
  • Use tape. One method that you can use when cleaning embroidered shirts is to use a little bit of tape and some clean white cloth. All you really need to do is tape the white cloth to the outside of the embroidery before you begin washing. This will help protect the embroidery from getting damaged while you are washing it, and can even prevent color bleeding to a limited extent.
  • Coldest setting possible. To help prevent any possible color running, and to help limit wear and tear on your delicate threads, use the coldest possible setting on your washing machine. The cold water can still get your shirt clean, but it is much less harsh on the clothes. Usually it just takes a little more work for the machine to get it clean.
  • Wash on delicate cycle. Unlike most other kinds of laundry, embroidery is in a fairly unique class. The reason for this is that the vast majority of the clothing can be pretty tough, since it is made from materials like denim, or other kinds of fabric. However, the embroidery itself is in fact fairly delicate. Due to this, and to prevent unnecessary damage to the embroidery, make sure that you wash any embroidered shirts on the delicate cycle of your washing machine.

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