WE THOUGHT WE KNEW ABOUT CARING FOR CLOTHES, THEN WE HEARD ABOUT THIS!
Custom screen-printed or embroidered clothing is a special thing. Usually, these articles are from a limited production run and are rare by nature. Also, if you think back to some of the favorite clothing in your life, some pieces will certainly have been custom screen-printed or embroidered.
And that makes sense. Generally these pieces mark an era in your life or an association that is close to your heart.
What also makes sense is that you will want to extend the life of your custom apparel. Here then are tips and tricks for helping to make your special pieces of clothing last so you can enjoy screen-printed, and embroidered clothing and hats for as long as possible.
CARE FOR SCREEN-PRINTED CLOTHING
The inking process for screen-printing “fixes” the ink in the T-shirt and not on them, like a transfer might. Screen-printed shirts can last for years. Follow these tips to get the most enjoyment out of your screen-printed clothing.
WASH INSIDE OUT. Any rubbing or friction can wear at the print and washing inside out reduced friction that can take place in the washing machine.
SEPARATE YOUR CLOTHES. Washing your screen-printed clothing with heavy denim or work clothes will also subject it to unnecessary friction. Also pack your washing machine lightly for the same reason.
USE LOW TEMPERATURE WATER. We recommend a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius. For the same reason hot soap water is great at cleaning, it may also contribute to fading of your screen-print. You may initially wash in cold water and by hand if you wish.
DO NOT TUMBLE DRY SCREEN-PRINTS. Heat is how the screen is fixed to the garment. Excessive heat can also release some of the inks.
IRON YOUR SCREENED GARMENT INSIDE OUT. As with excess heat from the dryer, heat from the iron can contribute top fading.
WEAR YOUR SCREENED T-SHIRT INSIDE OUT. OK, just kidding here. When you take great care of your custom printed clothing, you will want to show it off.
CARE FOR EMBROIDERED CLOTHING
USE MILD DETERGENT AND NON-CHLORINE BLEACH. Today’s detergents can be very strong and while they can do wonders on heavily soiled work clothes, to use them on an embroidered garment is a bit of overkill. Chlorine bleach will remove the dyes used in colouring fabrics and the treads used to create the embroidered image.
WASH IN COLD WATER ON A GENTLE CYCLE. The less agitation and high pressure used the better your results. Don’t keep the item soaking in water.
AVOID FRICTION. Whether you are wearing the garment or washing it, avoid rubbing embroidered area. Pack washing machines lightly, do nut scrub stained embroidery or wring it out.
DRY ON MEDIUM HEAT OR LAY FLAT TO DRY. Dry immediately by turning them inside out, laying flat in the sun or in the dryer.
IRON INSIDE OUT. Use a low temperature setting and no steam. For extra protection place the garment between two pieces of cloth, sandwich style. Avoid getting the wet during the ironing process.
FOR SPOT REMOVAL or to spot clean, you can use club soda and a clean rag or soft tooth brush. Clean from the outside in and blow dry.
AVOID PICKING AT THE EMBROIDERY. After all, constant picking at anything will unravel it or at least lead to a very quiet experience at the breakfast table.
CARE FOR HATS
Let’s face it; some ball caps are not worth the bother of giving them special care (nothing we sell, of course). They are cheap or ill fitting or poorly designed and never destined to be a classic part of your casual look.
Caps you love, will get sweaty and stained and do need refreshing now and again.
Have a look at your hat. Check out what it is made of and look at the stitching. Examine the brim and headband. Well made hats will have good quality material, strong stitching and a plastic brim. The quality will be easy to detect.
Cardboard brims, cheap material and flimsy stitching are hardly worth cleaning and easily replaceable.
LOOK FOR THE TAG. If your favorite cap has a manufacturer’s tag with washing instructions. Follow those. If not, read on.
DON’T DEFORM THE HAT. Washing the cap in a machine might change the shape of it, you can ruin a brim, or it may shrink. If you use a machine, do not overload it. Wash with a mild detergent, on a gentle cycle. Do not use bleach. Never put your hat in the dryer.
Some people put hats in a dishwasher for cleaning and there are actually accessories you can buy to facilitate cap cleaning, but you won’t find dishwasher manufacturers approving the practice and neither do we.
We also do not recommend putting your dishes in a washing machine, but that is an article for another day.