Now that you’ve purchased a CHS hand-printed t shirt (thank you for your support!), you might wonder how to take care of it. You need to make sure you wash your screen printed t shirt correctly to ensure the print stays fresh. Don’t worry, however, it is fairly simple to follow our screen printed t shirt care instructions!
NOTE: All t shirts are not equal. Different fabrics may need to be washed in different ways. The below care instructions are intended to maintain the life of the print in general. Always check the care instructions on your shirt’s tag for the manufacturer’s specific advice on how to clean your t shirts.
Printed t shirt care instructions:
How should you wash your screen printed t shirt?
Firstly, do not dry clean your screen printed t shirts.
The best way to wash your screen printed t shirt is inside-out and in cold water.
For the first two washes, hand wash in cold water.
Wash your t shirt with similar items to avoid pilling (more on pilling below).
It is best to use a mild, or gentle, washing detergent.
Do not tumble-dry your screen printed shirt.
Keep your t shirt inside-out when drying, and dry it in the shade. Lay it out flat to dry if possible.
Can you use bleach on screen printed shirts?
No. Do not use bleach or stain-removers on your screen printed t shirt under any circumstance. If completely necessary, spot clean any stains.
You should also avoid using fabric softeners (see notes on fabric softeners below). Basically, if it isn’t a mild laundry detergent, do not use it on your printed shirts.
Can you iron a screen printed shirt?
Yes, but to ensure long life of your printed design, only iron your screen printed t shirt inside-out.
Never iron directly onto the print.
Regarding fabric softener
Although fabric softener is great at preventing static cling and keeping your clothes soft and comfortable, it can be detrimental to screen printed designs. Do not use fabric softener on your CHS shirt. The chemicals in fabric softeners can break down the ink in the design causing it to fade or crack.
What can you use in place of fabric softener? To emulate the effect of fabric softener, without damaging your print, try dissolving 1/2 cup of baking soda in water, or adding 1 cup of white vinegar to your load.
What is pilling?
Pilling is the formation of little fuzz balls on your clothes. It happens when friction is applied to your shirt. Some people think that pilling only occurs on cheap garments, but all fabrics can pill, no matter the quality.
It can occur over time, as your clothes rub against your body when you move. Excessive friction can also occur in the washing machine. The spin cycle can cause your clothes to rub against each other, which can cause loose fibers to push out from the surface of your shirt. This is pilling, and is most common in clothing made from cotton, polyester and nylon. Linen and silk are more resistant to pilling.
Therefore, we advise you to wash your printed shirts with similar items, to avoid excessive friction. It’s easy to create a system: separate your laundry into different loads. Towels; t shirts; heavy clothing such as jeans. These should all be washed separate from each other to avoid pilling.