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Tips on how to take care of your Printed Garments


We all know that clothes can change their shape completely when they’re not properly cared for, but did you know that they also lose their prints? We just don’t notice immediately because the colors fade away gradually. It’s not until several washes later when we realise how the image is not as vibrant as it once was.


All Over Print t ShirtTurn the clothes inside out before throwing them into the wash machine

This doesn’t only apply to printed T-shirts, jeans can also greatly benefit from being turned inside out. This technique will prevent the colors from fading too quickly.

Wash similar clothes together

Wash garments with others that are of similar fabrics. Denim and other pieces with zips and buttons should be kept separate from T-shirts, for example. This is due to the fact that when harsher materials rub against softer ones, it may cause prints to peel.

Do your laundry with cold water

When it comes to clothes: Cold is good, heat is bad. Unless your garments get real dirty (or you work at a health facility), there is really no need to wash your clothes with hot water. Cold water will do a fine job cleaning your garments, as well. Not only will it prevent the ink from distilling, but will also consume less electricity.

NO dryerAvoid bleach

Not only bleach, but also other strong detergents like softeners which can dissolve the adhesive in cad-cut vinyls. Instead, go for a milder soap that will take care of your clothes.

Avoid dryers, as well

At all costs! Dryers are great because they save us time, but they’re particularly terrible for clothes. They not only shrink garments, but can also make a print peel or crack. Save the machine for sheets and towels, but hang your clothes the old fashion way. You should also avoid dry cleaners for the same reasons.

shade dryLet them dry under the shade

Hang your clothes in a place where they don’t get direct contact with sunlight. Light (especially coming from the sun) is particularly dangerous for colors. But, you may wonder, we wear T-shirts to go outside all the time and it’s fine. Yes, that’s true, but even though you go out, you rarely spend long hours with sunlight hitting you directly.

Stay away from irons

Again, heat not good. If you absolutely must iron your printed garment (because of a fancy date or whatever) then we’d advice to use the lowest setting and iron the garment turned inside out.


Keep in mind that the quality of the T-shirt will also affect how long the print will last and how it will react to water and soap. The higher the quality of the tee, then the longer the print will last.


About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!

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