Looking after your garment
We all know that clothes can change their shape completely when they're not properly cared for, but did you know that they also lose their prints? We just don't notice immediately because the colours fade away gradually. It's not until several washes later when we realise how the image is not as vibrant as it once was.
On this page we'll go over different - easy to follow - tips to keep your garments colourful and vibrant for longer. This is also a good way to get the most out of your purchase; the last thing we want is for you to spend your hard earned money on a t-shirt that will only look like a pale comparison of the original in a few months time.
Turn the clothes inside out before throwing them into the washing machine
This doesn't only apply to printed T-shirts, jeans can also greatly benefit from being turned inside out. This technique will prevent the colours from fading too quickly.
Wash similar clothes together
You must be thinking, I already knew that. I mean, what kind of idiot washes their whites and coloured together, right? And I'm here to tell you that's it's not just about the colours, it's also about texture as when harsher materials rub against softer ones, it may cause prints to peel.
Wash your clothes with cold water
When it comes to clothes: Cold is good, heat is bad. Keep this in mind since we'll go back to it a bit later. Unless your garments get real dirty, there is really no need to wash your clothes with hot water. We recommend washing at 30 degrees.
Not only bleach, but also other strong detergents like softeners which can dissolve the adhesive in cad-cut vinyls. Instead, go for a milder soap that will take care of your clothes.
Avoid dryers, as well
At all costs! Dryers are great because they save us time, but they're particularly terrible for clothes. Remember what I told you about heat? Same thing applies here. They not only shrink garments, but can also make a print peel or crack.
Let them dry under the shade
Hang your clothes in a place where they don't get direct contact with sunlight. Light (especially coming from the sun) is particularly dangerous for colours.
Stay way from irons
Again, heat not good. If you absolutely must iron your printed garment (because of a fancy date or whatever) then we'd advice to use the lowest setting and iron the garment turned inside out.
So to recap....
Machine wash cold or 30 degrees, inside-out, gentle cycle with mild detergent and similar colors AND textures. Avoid bleach. Avoid tumble dryers, hang-dry in the shade. Cool iron inside-out if necessary, never iron over print. Do not dry clean.
Direct to garment
What is DTG?
Direct to Garment Printing, or digital printing as it's sometimes known, is the process of printing full-colour images onto garments. DTG printing can be used on both light and dark coloured garments.
Unlike screen printing, which can include expensive setup fees, Direct to Garment is perfect for short runs of full-colour prints onto a wide range of clothing. Garment Printing's DTG services produce high-quality printed clothing within a few hours of receiving your completed order
The video from Bella+Canvas explains the differences quite well.
How will the print feel?
Because the ink is much thinner and not layered, there is almost no "hand" or feel to the print itself. You may feel the print more on darker colours and virtually nothing at all on whites. DTG works best on cotton and cotton blend garments which is what we mostly use.
What inks are used?
We're often asked about the inks we use with our DTG printers. It's understandable: we offer organic and Fair Wear accredited garments for order fulfilment, so customers choosing to use these for ethical reasons would also want eco-friendly inks.
What are the benefits?
The world uses cotton more than any other natural fiber and it is primarily grown and used to make cloth. Other parts of the cotton plant are put to good use and are used in the production of foods, plastics and in paper products. Because cotton is a natural product and because of the way it is designed and manufactured into clothing, it has many advantages, such as its ability to control moisture, insulate, provide comfort and it is also hypoallergenic, weatherproof and is a durable fabric.
Cotton fabric is breathable and transmits moisture away from the body and is absorbent and removes liquid from the skin, like a towel.
Cotton clothing protects against from heat in the summer and cold in the winter by providing thermal insulation as the cotton fabric traps air between the fabric fibers.
Cotton fabric rarely causes allergic reactions and wearing cotton is often recommended for those with skin allergies.
Cotton can be made into a tight, dense fabric with a weather-repellent finish to make weather resistant clothing, yet the cotton fabric retains its comfort and breathability.
Cotton clothing is soft and easily stretches, making it a comfortable fabric to wear. Due to its softness and comfort, it is often used in underwear and undershirts.
Cotton has a high tensile strength, making it strong, durable and less likely to rip or tear. It is 30 percent stronger when wet, withstanding many washings in hot water.
But it does have downsides :(
Shrinkage. Your cotton clothes are prone to shrinking after laundering, even pre-shrunk cotton clothes.
Damage. Because cotton is a natural fiber, it risks damage from mildew. Cotton fabric may pill easily, as lint can form because of short fiber length.