Care Tips - How to Wash + Dry Your Graphic Apparel

Posted by Stormie Leslie on

Prolong the Life of Your Graphic Tees

Here are some quick tips on how to care for your graphic apparel, because we want them to stay looking fresh for as long as possible! We all know that t-shirts fade, they shrink and pill over time after so many washes and environmental factors. But by following these simple steps you can prolong the life of your clothing and keep them looking and feeling good as new for years to come. 

Washing

To get the most life out of your graphic clothing, turn shirts inside out before washing. This will help protect the print and keep it from fading quickly over time. Wash with cold water on the gentlest setting - this will still get your clothes plenty clean and it doesn't take a toll on the print or fabric. You should never need to wash your clothing in hot water, unless you were just rolling around on a hospital floor (I don't recommend doing that). If possible, wash garments with similar colors and texture to avoid too much friction. This protects the look and feel of the t-shirts over time. Always avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals. Mild stain removers are usually safe, but avoid putting directly on the print if possible. Worried about your shirts shrinking in the wash? Don't stress. Our shirts are conveniently preshrunk so they should fit the same after each wash, as long as you follow the recommended washing instructions. 

Drying

Dry clothing with low heat. I always recommend using the delicate setting on your dryer. Putting clothes in a hot dryer is never ever ideal, especially printed or decorated apparel. This can not only affect the look of the print, but also alter the texture and way the shirt fits indefinitely. It's recommended to always tumble dry on low heat or hang it up to dry. If you need to iron out some wrinkles, just be careful of the temperatures you use, especially on the polyester blends. Polyester is a form of plastic and can melt or burn with too much heat (approximately 480 degrees) and then you're left with a funky looking shirt. When using an iron always avoid ironing over the printed area of your shirt. Some of our designs are printed with plastisol inks or heat pressed vinyl, they will melt! 

Inevitably all t-shirts fade, crack, shrink and get worn down over periods of time and multiple washes. That's just how the cookie crumbles. By following these care tips you will be able to prolong the life of your graphic tees and keep them looking and feeling fresh for many more years to come! I hope you found this helpful, but if you still have questions please don't hesitate to reach out to info@littlecottonwoodcollection.com.

Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

-LCC

 


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