There’s nothing quite like putting on a new printed t-shirt for the first time, you’ve seen the effects of repeated washing and drying on the printed ink. Many people’s favorite t-shirts are faded and cracked from overuse and years of wear, washing, and drying. Here are some tips to make sure your t-shirt lasts as long as possible:
1. WASH YOUR T-SHIRT INSIDE OUT
Turning your garment inside out prior to washing fade and screen print damage. You have chosen your statement t-shirt because you believe in its message, so make sure it lasts. Fabric rubbing is a quick way to create pills, and printed items could crack and peel from too much friction.
We recommend washing apparel inside out for all of the custom shirts.
2. USE LOW TEMPERATURE OR COLD WASH SETTINGS
The hotter the water, the faster it wears out your printed t-shirt. Most printed t-shirts don’t need the highest wash setting to get a good clean. Higher intensity washes can significantly break down fabrics and designs much more quickly than necessary. Besides, it would also be a good idea to separate dark and colored shirts from whites-just in case!
Cold water is always much better than hot or warm water.
3. USE A MILD LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Regular detergent will do. It is enough to make your t-shirts clean and fresh. The use of bleach or strong detergents like softeners might damage prints on a shirt like vinyl prints which is done by heat transfer printing. Go for a milder detergent that will take care of your printed t-shirts.
Do Not use bleach or any other harsh detergents to wash printed t-shirts.
4. SAY NO TO TUMBLE DRY
Dryers are great as they save us time, however, it is particularly terrible for t-shirts and their prints. Natural drying is where it’s at – your t-shirt will thank you for it, as will the environment. High heat is probably the worst enemy of printed apparel. Please also be aware that high heat shrinks cotton fibres.
We recommend you hang it out to dry naturally.
5. DO NOT IRON PRINT
Never iron directly on t-shirt prints. If there is really a need to iron, lower the temperature settings of the iron, turn the t-shirt inside out and iron. As mentioned above, heat destroys designs more than anything else. Sometimes we get to get those wrinkles out, but try to put as much distance between the art and the iron as possible.
Iron must be less recommended for all over printed apparel.
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