Fabric Care for T Shirts

sewn-in-care-labelFabric Care for T Shirts

T shirts are often designed to be hard wearing, made using durable fabrics. There are some simple tips that you can follow to help your favourite t shirts last even longer. Remember to check the care label and follow the instructions.

T shirts which have been printed on can also be long lasting, despite regular washing. Adding a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle can help keep the fabric fibers soft or hand wash your cotton t shirts to avoid harsh detergents and excess friction from machine washing. Always use non-chlorine bleach. T-shirts made from polyester or nylon can easily be machine washed. Always machine wash t shirts with garments of a similar colour and wash dark colours separately. Line drying is a good option, because some dryers can make t shirts shrink or become misshapen. Do not twist or wring out the t shirt as this could stretch the fabric unevenly.  If you use a dryer remove t-shirts from the dryer as soon as they are dry. Some wool t shirts are washable, while others are dry clean only. Check the care label to see what the manufacturer recommends. If it does not indicate washable take the t shirt to a dry cleaner because it might shrink or distort when washed.

The first step to iron your t shirt is to fill the iron with water before plugging it in. Then set the iron at the required temperature, according to the fabric of the t shirt you are ironing. Low heat is better but cotton can be ironed at a hot temperature as it does not scorch easily. Iron tshirts on the reverse side to protect any t shirt printing and start by ironing the back of the t shirt. Don’t forget the sleeves and collar. Do not place a hot iron directly on the t shirt’s design. Never iron a t shirt which is stained as this will ingrain the stain further into the material.

For specific instructions, always refer to the t shirt’s sewn-in care label.







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