There is no doubt that if you’ve owned a printed t-shirt, you’ve seen the effects of repeated washing and drying on the printed ink. Many people’s favorite t-shirts are faded and cracked from overuse and years of wear, washing, and drying. Here are some tips to make sure your t-shirt lasts as long as possible:
- Turn the t-shirt inside out when washing and drying. By turning the garment inside out, the printed ink rubs against less material when tumbling in the washer or dryer. This simple step can really elongate the life of a printed t-shirt.
- Don’t use a setting that is too high for the intended wash effect. Remember to respect appropriate water temperature for dark and colored shirts.
- Order custom printed t-shirts from a top quality vendor. If you order from a shoddy screen printing shop, you could run into ink washout. This is when the ink on the shirt is not cured all of the way through and did not cure to the correct temperature.