We all love our T-shirts and want to make them last. We want that concert tee to stay clear and vibrant. The problem is that prints can crack, flake, and wear away, or slowly fade with time like the memories of that concert. Meanwhile, the fabric gets roughed up, stretched, and discolored.
It’s all very sad. Here’s the good news: you can totally avoid that fate by following some simple steps.
When handling your printed garments it’s important to treat them with extra care and take into account our advice outlined below. Though our direct to garment (DTG) printing technique is specially designed to offer a more resistant print than other printing techniques, we always recommend washing the item inside out and on a low temperature.
Here's a step by step breakdown:
Step 1: Wash and dry your items inside out
This is a simple but effective step in your washing routine that can help make your custom printed garments last longer. By turning the items inside out you’re protecting the print and stopping other items from interfering with the design, or damaging it.
Step 2: Wash your garments on a low temperature with a mild detergent
Washing on a low temperature with a mild detergent is the most risk-free way to wash an item using your washing machine. High temperatures and harsh detergents such as bleach or sodium hypochlorite can damage items, so keeping your machine on a low-heat or cold wash, while avoiding the chemicals listed above, can ensure the print and material are protected during the cycle.
Step 3: Don’t add extra spins
It’s tempting to add extra spins to your washing machine’s cycle but we advise against it when washing printed garments.
Step 4: Try to avoid tumble drying
Air drying is always preferred when you're cleaning and drying your printed garments. The best way to dry these items is to air-dry them on a drying rack, or outside on a washing line. These methods of drying give the best results and also protect the printing.
If you would still prefer to tumble dry, we recommend drying on a low setting with similarly weighted fabrics and textures. This will prevent heavier materials such as jeans and towels from aggravated the fabric.
Step 5: Always iron inside out
Prints can get caught on irons, and will often be damaged by direct heat – so always iron your garments inside out to protect them. We also recommend putting your iron down to a lower heat the first time you iron the item, so you don’t accidentally apply too much heat to the area.