At the T-shirt Collection, our team members all have that one t-shirt that we can’t live without. We would wear it until the prints fade away and the t-shirts are full of holes, but we still would not throw it away. When it was time to say goodbye, we cannot do anything but blame ourselves for not buying 2 or 3 of that t-shirt in the first place. We are sure you have one such t-shirt too.
The best preventive measure for such tragic event is to buy 2-3 of t-shirt (Seriously!?), but we all know it is not always possible given our budget constrains as well as that weird looks your roomies give you when they accidentally open your wardrobe (how likely!). That is why we came up with the second best solution: “A Guide to Immortalize Your T-shirt”. Of course the quality of the shirt or other apparel item is very important to its wearablity over time, which is why we only use some of the best such as Hanes, American Apparel,ect. . Here are some of the tips that we have collected, tested, and proven to be effective.
- Water Temperature: COLD WATER is the key. It will not only get your clothes clean, but it is also much gentler on the fabric.
- Speed: BE GENTLE
- Clothes: SIMILAR COLORS and remember to turn your clothes INSIDE OUT before wash and dry them.
- Detergent product: DO NOT using bleach and other strong detergent products. DO use a stain remover or other milder detergent if required.
- Drying: DO NOT put your cloes in a hot dryer. Hot air does not play well with your clothes (except for towels, cook them in there if you want but never your clothes). High heat is probably the worst enemy of custom printed apparel ( Set the dryers at low and always remove them from the dryer before they are completely dry to hang up or lay out to finish drying.
- Ironing: If you must, iron your t-shirt (yes, some of us acutally iron our t-shirts) inside-out on the lowest setting.
Let’s go over what we just mention again:
- Turn your clothes inside out;
- Wash in cold water;
- Wash on gentle cycle;
- Wash with similar color clothes;
- Use stain remover or mild detergents (if required)
- Tumble dry low then/or hang-dry;
- Iron your clothes inside-out on the lowest setting.
- NEVER bleach (unless you know eaxctly what you are doing then please go ahead);
- Don’t wash in hot water;
- Don’t wash with different coclor clothes;
- Don’t tumble and iron on high heat.
We hope these tips will help your t-shirts and other clothing apparels last as long as possible. If you have other secret techniques that you don’t mind sharing with us, then please comment below or e-mail us. We will update our blogs and credit that tip to you.
Live long and prosper my Tees.