Is there any way to wash heat pressed clothing to make the design last longer?

Even though here at You Design It we do not print shirts using the heat press method we occasionally still receive general questions from our customers about the care and washing of their heat pressed garment. We are not surprised when this happens because we realize that they are simply trying to find someone knowledgeable in the t-shirt printing industry to get more information from, and we are happy to help! The main question essentially boils down to "Is there any way to wash heat pressed clothing to make the design last longer?" The answer is, yes, when it is time to wash custom heat pressed clothing there are a few simple techniques that you can use to keep the design looking its best for as long as possible.

Clothing items that have been customized through the means of a heat press tend to last longer if you turn the garment inside out before it is washed, the reason this is done is to prevent any extra rubbing or friction on the design. It is also a good idea to wash the item in cold water on a delicate cycle, and when it comes to drying it is obligatory to dry it on a low heat cycle or better yet have it hang dry.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that it is helpful to avoid harsh, corrosive cleaning detergents. You also shouldn't bleach your custom designed heat pressed clothing because that can mess up the design, as well as the color of the shirt itself. Naturally it is also helpful to avoid getting stubborn stains in the garment in the first place. Prevention is generally a much better route to take than difficult and harsh stain removal processes. However, if tough stains do happen try to remove the stain before it has time to set.

Taking care of the garment itself, even when not being washed or worn is another important part of good care. For example instead of leaving it wet or damp it is better to have it dry and folded or put away. Doing these things can be very helpful for preventing the premature damage or destruction of your heat pressed shirt.

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