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How to make the print on t-shirts last as long as possible?

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Default How to make the print on t-shirts last as long as possible?

I think we’ve all been there at least once in our lives: We put our favourite t-shirt in the washing machine and when it comes out an hour later it looks like a piece of art designed by Jackson Pollock. To prevent this from happening there are a couple of tips to help you take care of the print on your t-shirts.
1. Turn the clothes inside out before throwing them into the washing machine

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

2. Wash similar clothes together

You must be thinking, well that is bloody obvious. Yet, what a lot of people forget is that it’s not just about the colours, it’s also about texture. 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.

3. 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. Not only will it prevent the ink from distilling, but will also consume less electricity.

4. Avoid bleach

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

5. Avoid dryers

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. We all love technology but sometimes it’s better to do it the old fashioned way, this is one of those times. You should also avoid dry cleaners for the same reasons.

6. Let 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 colours.

7. 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 the advice to use the lowest setting and iron the garment turned inside out.

8. Quality of the t-shirt matters

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, the longer the print will last.
Also, always read the care label on the garment! It is easy to ignore those. There are on the inside of the T-shirt and they are kind of annoying so we even cut it off, but they contain valuable information on how to handle the piece.

Hope these tips help you maintain the prints on your t-shirts and have them looking like the first day you wore it.
I am a product specialist for Online T Shirt Design Software at inkXE

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