How to Safely Wash Screen Printed Apparel and Products

Ever experienced the screen-printed graphics fade or crack after wearing and washing your shirt a few times? When it comes to washing screen printing, we’ve all been there. We put a brand new garment into the washing machine and then an hour later when we take it out, it looks completely different. Whether you bought custom t-shirts for your business, team, union, group, or yourself—you want these garments to continue looking good for a very long time. Keep reading to learn how to safely wash screen printing!

Tips to Keep Your Garments Colorful and Vibrant For Longer

  1. Always use cold water when you wash screen printing garments

Hot water is not very gentle on fabric, and ultimately, it destroys it. Cold water, on the other hand, happens to be gentle on fabric and it still gets your garments perfectly clean. Not only does cold water prevent the ink from distilling, but will also consume less electricity. Energy Star states that almost 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine goes to heating water. Unless your garments are caked in mud, or you work at a hospital, there is really no need to wash any of your clothing in hot water.

  1. Don’t use bleach or strong detergents

Like hot water, bleach and strong detergents are harsh on clothes. Strong detergents like softeners can dissolve the adhesive in cad-cut vinyls. When washing your screen printing garments use a light stain remover to get rid of spots. Also, be sure to go light when applying detergent products to your washing cycles.

  1. Wash your apparel inside out

Before you place your clothes in the washing machine, turn them inside out. Do the same before ironing them. Washing screen printing inside out you will lessen the fading and your design will stay intact. 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.

  1. Don’t dry your garments on hot

You don’t use hot water when washing screen printing, and you definitely don’t need a hot dryer either. They not only shrink your garments but can also make a print peel or crack. Its best to avoid the dryer altogether, but if you can’t remove it before it’s totally dry and place it in the clothing line outside or anywhere else it can dry naturally (preferably in the shade). Remember, high heat is possibly the worst enemy of screen-printed clothes.

  1. The 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, then the longer the print will last, and that’s why our custom screen printed apparel items are sourced from some of the best manufacturers in the business such as Hanes, Nike, and Adidas to name just a few!

Tips, Tricks, and More

There you have it, simple, effective ways to extend the life of all your screen printed apparel and get the most out of your product. Have a unique way you wash screen printing apparel or other products? Questions concerning this article? Let us know in the comments below!

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