Washing instructions are included with each garment.
How to care for your printed or embroidered garment
To start you should always consult the tag in your garment. Some are in the neck while others can be found in the left or right side of the inside of the shirt towards the waist line. Keep in mind that the tag has the basic washing instructions for the shirt but does not include care instruction for the print or embroidery so here a few tips to keep your garment looking good.
Screen Printed and Digital Printed Garments
We recommend washing your screen printed garments inside-out, preferably on a cold water cycle.
- Do not use bleach or fabric softeners.
- When drying: tumble dry on low heat. This prevents shrinkage and helps to keep your print from fading.
- To avoid possible shrinkage, you can also lay your shirt flat to dry.
- Don’t iron decorated areas! Turn the shirt inside-out when ironing to preserve the print. Do NOT dry clean!
Always check the tag for care instructions. Jackets may need to be treated differently than a sport shirt, etc.
- Do not use chlorine bleach. Detergents with chlorine, peroxide or sodium carbonate can cause thread discoloration.
- Do not use fabric softeners.
- Dry on low heat or let hang dry.
- Do not leave your embroidered garment soaking/wet.
- When ironing, use low heat. Do not use steam or any other agent that will cause the embroidery to become wet.
- You can dry clean your embroidered clothing, but avoid pre-spotting agents and use extreme care.
Vinyl Names or Images (i.e. names on the back etc…)
- Treat your heat transfer or vinyl-decorated garments the same as a screen printed t-shirt. Wash on cold, inside-out, etc.
- Do NOT use fabric softeners. It removes the adhesive and will cause your transfer or vinyl to peel off.
Notes on Shrinkage
To prevent shrinkage put the garment through a cold wash cycle and let it air dry, or run it through the dryer at LOW heat. Heat is what shirks a garment and it is the enemy. Polyester and blends of cotton/poly are less likely to shrink. The more poly in the garment the better.
Fabric softer may be great for preventing static cling and keeping your clothes soft, However, fabric softener is not good for use on decorated apparel. Fabric softener breaks down the ink on screen printed tees and cause it to fade or crack. Fabric softener eats the glue on heat-pressed vinyl which will make it fall off the garment.
NEVER USE FABRIC SOFTENERS WITH POLYESTER, MOISTURE-WICKING, OR FIRE-RETARDANT MATERIALS!
The chemicals from the softener leaves a residue behind that fills in the weave/mesh of the material and negates all of its wicking or fire-retardant properties. (Not to mention, FARBIC SOFTNER IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU.)
Notes on Pilling
Pilling does not means that a garment is cheaply made or of a lower quality, all fabrics have a tendency to pill!
Pilling is caused by friction put on your garment. This happens from every day wear, as your clothing rubs against your body while you move. It can also be caused when you put your clothes through the wash. The spin cycle will cause your garments to rub up against one another. This rubbing can cause loose fibers to push their way from the surface of your shirt, forming little fuzz balls that can be a real pain in the butt. This tends to be most prevalent in garments that are made of cotton, cotton/polyester blends, nylon, etc. Linen and silk are the most resistant to pilling. Putting less cloths in the wash together can help prevent this from happening.