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Care For Your New Custom T-Shirt

The life span of a T-shirt is probably not as long as you think it is―or wish it were. Once a tee goes through one, maybe two, summers, it's ready for under-sweater-only status. But a few simple tricks will help keep it as white and shapely as possible.

  • Most T-shirt manufacturers recommend washing in cold water, yet according to Jane Rising, a manager at the International Fabricare Institute, detergents function better at higher water temperatures. So if you dare challenge the label: Wash in warm water; hot water can cause shrinkage. Use the permanent-press cycle for drying.
  • Use fabric softener to avoid wrinkles, and remove clothes as soon as the dryer shuts off.
  • To keep whites whiter, don't overload the washing machine. Put in only whites―no prints or pastels.
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T Shirts/Hoodie- 12 Useful Tips

T shirts usually suffer from shrinkage, color fade, print fade or crack, tear, and threads coming out or puckering.   Here are some useful tips you can follow to make sure that your t shirt survives for a very long time.

1. Although hand washing your t shirt in cold water is the safest washing method, you hardly have time for that. Hand washing is also not effective especially if your shirt has stains. So washing machine it is. Try to use the most delicate settings on your machine because this will ensure that your shirt is washed with a suitable water temperature to prevent from color fade and shrinkage.

2. Always turn your t shirt inside out before putting it inside the washer.

3. Don't put your t shirt into the machine with clothes of different color and fabrics.

4. Always read the care label on the inside of the t shirts and follow instructions.

5. Don't use bleach or detergents which contain bleach.

6. After washing, dry low or hang dry.

7. If hang dry, turn your shirt inside out when drying.

8. If you hang your t shirt outside, try to avoid direct sunlight because it can cause color fade.

9. I don't advise ironing your t shirt. But if you do, iron inside out or on the backside (where there is no design printed). Always use a low setting.

10. Another alternative to ironing is folding your t shirt and keeping it under your pillow while you sleep.

11. You can always find out about your fabric and wash instructions from your t shirt brand's website. example if you wear American Apparel, you can find out about fabric care at their site.
For American Apparel cotton t shirts its always 'machine wash, dry low'.

12. If you don't wear your t shirt often, don't hang it on a hanger. Instead fold it and store it in a cabinet/box/container.

No matter how well you treat your t shirt, it will finally fade and wear off. Enjoy it while you can and take care of your t shirt while it lasts.

Hoodie

Step 1

Wear your hoodie as many times as possible before washing it. Hang it up after each wearing so it doesn't end up getting dirty on the floor. Since you'll probably wear a shirt underneath your hoodie, it won't need washing as frequently as clothes that come into direct contact with your skin.
Step 2

Wash your hoodie in cold water on the gentle cycle with a color-preserving laundry detergent. If you'll be washing the hoodie with other articles of clothing, put it in a lingerie bag to protect it from additional wear caused by friction with the other clothing.


Step 3

Turn your hoodie inside-out before washing, especially if it has a screen print or applique on the front. If the hoodie zips, zip it first.
Step 4

Hang your hoodie to dry instead of tossing it in the dryer. Not only does this help it last longer, it can also prevent shrinking.
Step 5

Store your hoodie in a cool, dry, dark place during warm weather. Wash and air-dry it before storing. Use a garment bag for extra protection.
Warnings

    Don't use a detergent that contains bleach.
    Don't add bleach to the load when washing your hoodie.

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