How to Properly Take Care of Your Newly Printed Shirts

As a business, getting a new shipment of custom printed shirts can be exciting! Whether you’re selling them to customers or using them for your staff, custom shirts can help keep your name consistent and visible with the public. While waiting to use or sell them, you should give your shirts some extra care to make sure your vibrant printed logos don’t crack, peel, or fade. Here are our best tips for taking care of your printed shirts. 

It’s important to keep in mind that some shirts require specific care. If your shirts have care instructions on the tag, follow those instructions. If they don’t come with instructions, you can follow these tips to make them last as long as possible.

Store in A Cool, Dark Place

Printed shirts can become damaged if they’re exposed to too much light or heat. Light can fade your vibrant printed designs, and heat can cause it to warp, crack, or peel. To combat this, store your shirts in a cool, dark place like an office or a storage closet until they’re ready for use. You can even leave them folded and sealed in the boxes they arrived in if you’ll be holding onto them for a while.

Avoid Causing Creases or Folds

Try to make sure your shirts don’t get unfolded, wrinkled, or folded in a way that could damage the design. The best way to fold your printed shirts is to leave the print design clearly visible on top to avoid creasing or cracking it. You can also hang your shirts up to avoid this issue. If you need to iron a printed shirt, always turn it inside out and use the lowest heat setting.

Wash in Cold Water

If you need to wash your shirts, do it in cold water. Hot water can fade the print and leak colors, which could stain and ruin the rest of your shirts. Use cold water and a gentle detergent, and try to avoid adding fabric softeners.

Avoid Dryers and Bleach

As we’ve already discussed, heat isn’t good for printed shirts. That’s why you shouldn’t machine dry your shirts. Hang them up to air dry if you can, or use the most gentle setting on your dryer. Hot dryer settings can shrink your shirts and warp or crack the design, and they can even damage the fabric. You should also never use bleach, since it can fade your design and ruin the colors of your shirts. Make sure your washer has no bleach residue left behind from previous loads of laundry before putting your printed shirts in.

Custom T-Shirts, Hats, and More With The Sign Printers

If you want to keep your business name consistent and visible to the public, The Sign Printers can help. We offer eye-catching signs, banners, shirts, hats, and more with your name printed on them. Our team will work with you to create the design, and we can print in any size, color, or quantity you’d like. We’ve been serving Montgomery County and surrounding areas for over 20 years, so call today to get started on your custom signage!