Taking Care of Your Tee
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
Whether it’s from work, with school friends, at a special event, or even because you like it, every one of us has a printed t-shirt in our wardrobe. Having a customised print is definitely a plus, and makes for a great memento, but is troublesome to take care of. If you don’t take the proper steps, the printed ink could fade, crack or even worse, flake off.
Which is why we have a few pointers for you to keep in mind if you want to take the best care of your printed t-shirt so you’ll still have that tee to enjoy for a lot longer.
The label may not matter
Most of the time, the print is put on the tee long after is leaves the factory gates, which is why following the instructions mentioned in the label might not be the best policy to follow. But don’t rip off that label just yet. Taking proper care of your t-shirt's material is also important.
The best option
If you really want your printed tee to last, it would take some extra effort.
The best policy is to wash your printed tee manually, instead of throwing it in the washer. Use gentle soap and carefully wash your tee, rinsing out the soap afterwards. That way, you can be in complete control and prevent any accidents that often times occur because of the rough treatment dealt by the washing machine.
If you do use the washer,
Turn your tee inside out before throwing it in. That way, you’ll protect the print from the friction caused by the machine’s spinning. Don’t forget to use a mild soap or detergent either, and don’t even think about using bleach or any other laundry additives, even if it’s just fabric softener.
Also, make sure that the washer isn’t overloaded with clothes, and has an adequate water level, which could otherwise crumple your tee. And make sure to use the mildest setting possible. If you’re leaving it to dry on the clothesline, then make sure that you’re drying it inside out once again. Heat is your enemy when protecting your tee from damage.
The best thing you can do is to not iron to begin with. However, when you have to look your best and your printed tee has a lot of wrinkles on it, decisions have to be made.
The trend continues. Iron out those wrinkles with the lowest setting on, with your tee inside out. It’s even better if you could put another material on top to reduce the heat of the iron even further, because that heat could not only damage the ink, but also weaken the bond between the print and the material.
It’s also important to store your printed tee the right way. It would be wise of you not to fold your printed tee and to let other clothes pile on top of it, damaging the print. That’s why you should use a hanger or lightly roll it and carefully store it instead.
Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge to best protect your printed tees, we wish you all the best and hope you enjoy your t-shirts for a long time to come.