7 Tips on How to Care for Your Printed Garment

7 Tips on How to Care for Your Printed Garment


Colors on printed garments that have not been properly cleaned will fade away with repeated washings. In this article, we'll cover different - easy-to-understand - tips for keeping your outfits colorful and vibrant for longer.

We've all been through it - we put a brand new garment in the washing machine, and an hour later, when we take it out, it looks completely different.

We all know that clothes can completely change their shape if not properly cared for, but did you know they can also lose their prints? We just don't notice it right away because the color fades away. It wasn't until after a few washes that we realized the image wasn't as vibrant as it once was.

In this article, we'll cover different - easy-to-understand - tips to keep your outfits colorful and vibrant for longer. It's also a great way to get the most out of your purchase; the last thing we want is to spend your hard-earned money on a t-shirt that will pale in comparison to the original in a few months.

1. Turn the clothes over before throwing them in the washing machine

Tossing the clothes in the washing machine upside down is a good way to prevent the color from fading too quickly. 

2. Wash similar clothes together

You must be thinking, I already know. I mean, what kind of people wash their whites off with their colors, right? I'm here to tell you that it's not just about the color, it's also about the texture. Wash with other similar fabrics. For example, denim and other items with zippers and buttons should be stored separately from T-shirts. This is because when a harder material rubs against a softer material, it can cause the print to peel off.

3. Wash clothes in cold water

Regarding the water temperature for washing clothes: cold is good, hot is bad. Keep this in mind as we'll discuss that later. Unless your clothes are really dirty (or you work in a medical facility), there's really no need to wash your clothes in hot water. Cold water also cleans your clothes well. Not only does it prevent ink distillation, but it also reduces power consumption.

4. Avoid bleaching

Not just bleach, but other strong cleaners like softeners that dissolve the adhesive in cad-cut vinyl. Instead, choose a milder soap that will take care of your clothes.

5. Avoid using the dryer

Dryers are great because they save us time, but they're especially bad for clothes. Remember what I told you about heat? The same thing applies here. Not only will they shrink the garment, but they can also cause the paint to peel or crack. Save the machine on sheets and towels, but hang clothes the old fashion way. For the same reason, you should also avoid sending your clothes to the dry cleaner.

6. Let them dry in the shade

Hang clothes out of direct sunlight. Light (especially from the sun) is especially dangerous for color. But, you might be wondering, I keep going out in a T-shirt, which is fine. Yes, it's true, but even when you're out, you rarely spend long hours with the sun directly on you.

7. Stay away from the iron

Again, the heat dissipation is not good. If you absolutely must iron your printed garment (because of a date or otherwise) then we recommend using the lowest setting and ironing the garment inside out.

The above details the steps of how to clean printed clothes. If you want to customize clothes or buy clothes first, please contact us.

Follow Simple is a professional custom women's clothing manufacturer with 13 years of experience. Digital printing is a good option if you want very vibrant colors or if you have more than 8 printing shades, or if you have a small number of them. In any case, the price will be higher than screen printing. The Follow Simple design team produces 300 styles every month, and you can choose from our monthly updated catalog and new collections and put your own label on them.