Is there any way to wash screen printed t-shirts to make them last longer?
One of the most commonly asked questions that we get is from customers who are wondering what the best way to wash their t-shirts is in order to maximize their lifespan. This is of course a very logical question because ordering and receiving a terrific batch of custom designed t-shirt is only one small piece of the overall picture. Of course the real enjoyment of the shirts, the real reason they were designed and ordered in the first place, comes from them being worn and enjoyed by their intended recipients in a range of different settings. That's why the care and handling of the t-shirts is very important.
So with all that said, is there anything you can do to help you t-shirt last as long as possible? Yes, when it comes time to wash and dry custom printed t-shirts the best way to do so is by turning the garment inside out. By turning it inside out it allows for the screen printing to be protected from rubbing and friction that may be caused by the washer or dryer.
Another important factor in the safe and effective washing of your custom printed t-shirt is the type of laundry detergent and other cleaning products used. Just as with other clothing you'll want to avoid washing your custom printed t-shirt with bleach or other harsh chemicals. The settings used on your washer and dryer are also an important consideration.
As with other clothes the way the garment is handled while it is being worn, or just in general will also have an effect on how long it lasts. Naturally it is better for the shirt to be put away in a drawer or closet than it is to sit in a puddle of water or other substance. This also protects the t-shirt from other possible sources of damage such as animals and weather. It is also a good idea to prevent tough to treat stains from setting in the shirt. Prevention of course is certainly a much better route to take in the first place. Remember that with good care and handling you will be able to enjoy your custom printed t-shirt for many years to come!
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