After Care For Shirts
If you have purchased one of our shirts, then we want you to enjoy it for as long as you can. There are many mistakes that people make when washing their shirts that drastically reduce it's life. So here are our tips and pointers to get the most from your new shirt.
First, always use cold water. There's really no reason to wash clothes in hot water unless you're a hospital or a hotel laundering sheets and towels. Cold water will get your clothes clean and it's certainly gentler on the fabric. If you really must use warm water, never use any setting higher than 30°C and ONLY on a delicate wash. The best option is to hand wash in warm water.
Second, don't use bleach or other strong detergent products. Like using hot water, there's no good reason to use harsh cleaning products on your clothes. Use a stain remover on spots if you really must but stay away from bleach all together. Also, do NOT use fabric softener or conditioners as these react with the glue used and will lead to your printing coming away from the shirt.
Third, turn your clothes inside out before you wash and dry them. Most people already do this with t-shirts and jeans, but all of your clothes will benefit from the inside out maneuver to prevent fading and to protect printing and embellishments.
Fourth, do not put your clothes in the tumble dryer. We cannot stress enough this point about hot air and your clothes. High heat is probably the worst enemy of custom printed apparel (and most clothes).
Fifth, wash similar clothes together and we're not just talking about colors! We all have had the occasional "pink" socks, t-shirts, and underwear due to an errant red clothing item sneaking into the white wash, but color separation is not the real issue. You want a load of wash to have similarly textured clothes to limit the amount of rubbing each item receives. Fabric rubbing is a quick way to create pills (even if you have a cloth shaver it's a pain to have to use it!), and custom printed items could crack and peel from too much friction. Just imagine rubbing a piece of sandpaper on your skin. That’s how a t-shirt feels when it’s washed with towels.
Yes we really are writing about how to do laundry but we are because it is important to take good care of your clothes and especially your favorite custom printed apparel.