How to check durability in printed garments
Step 1: Check the structure of the garment:
For a high-quality T-shirt, we need to use high-quality textiles, but it is equally important to understand how it is made. After all, if the building is not built well, it doesn’t matter no matter how good the material is, it will still collapse. There are many different types of knitted fabrics and stitches that can make T-shirts strong and durable.
First check the seams and hem to see if any threads are missing.
The stitches are the muscles of the clothes; they keep everything together. Because manufacturers always pay more attention to the outside of T-shirts, the easiest way to judge whether a piece of clothing is well done is to turn it over. Is the stitching uniform? Is it lying flat? Are there any loose threads?
Also, see how many pins it has. Usually; the higher the count, the better. This means spending more time putting the clothes together.
Like the stitching, the hem also shows how much effort was put into making the garment. When it comes to T-shirts, you should pay special attention to the collar, sleeves and hem. There, you can find obvious signs of bad manufacturing.
Step 2: How to check the quality of the fabric:
The simplest test is to simply touch it. A quality T-shirt will never feel like plastic or thick. If the fabric feels soft but strong at the same time, then it is likely to be a high-quality material. However, “soft” can be easily deceived, which is why you must pay attention to the following details:
Check the density of the fabric; just lean the garment against the light source and see how transparent it becomes. The higher the transparency, the lower the density of the fabric. As we mentioned above, you should look for soft but strong fabrics.
Knead part of the garment into a ball with your hands, and then loosen it. If it has a lot of wrinkles, then it may be of poor quality, if it does not have any wrinkles at all, then it may be a synthetic material. Ideally, you would look for something between these two extremes.
In addition, by measuring the length of the fiber, the quality of the fabric can usually be determined. The longer the fiber, the better the quality. In short, longer fibers make it easier to spin the material into finer yarns. This is why it can be glued together to make it durable and soft. Likewise, if it does not wrinkle, then longer fibers are used.
Since softness is another characteristic of high-quality T-shirts, there are many crooks. Usually, T-shirts are coated with a chemical (usually starch) to make the material soft to the touch, but not permanent. This is why many street and souvenir T-shirts start to feel “rough” after a few washes.
Step 3: How to judge whether the printed design will crack or peel off.
Regardless of the technology used-screen printing, DTG or personalization via transfer-cracks in printed or transfer materials are the most common type of degradation. Although, if the process is executed correctly, it shouldn’t happen. Because new clothes always look perfect, here is how to check if the artwork will break:
Stretch the part where the print is located to see if it has cured properly. You should see the ink stretch with the fabric. If it breaks, it means that it was not completed correctly, and it is likely to be washed away soon.
Pay attention to check the corners and the entire design for cracks and peeling. Screen printing enthusiasts often adjust the time, temperature, pressure, or peel for each technique during the printing process.
Touch the print to check how much ink and coating are applied. We are looking for solid color printing (a certain thickness), but not too much. Whether the garment is DTG or screen printing, too thick may mean that too much ink is printed or too much fixation is applied, leading to a higher probability of cracking.
In the case of transfer printing, the use of cheaper materials will also cause cracks over time. Touching, stretching and crumpling the printed matter will give you clues about the quality of the transfer.
Another thing that can happen with the transfer of customization is that the artwork may peel off the garment and fall off. This is related to the degree of adhesion to the fabric, because it is applied to the garment before printing before transferring or removing any unwanted moisture from the fabric. Look carefully at the boundaries of the transferred area to see if there is any visible peeling. To be sure, pass your fingers and nails across the boundary of the transfer. If you think you can peel it off, it will definitely peel off on its own after use and washing.
Step 4: Check if it will discolor:
If washed properly, good prints and transfers will not fade during the entire life of the garment. You can judge by:
Has it lost some of its color?
Believe it or not, even if the artwork looks great at first glance, cheap prints can stain and cause color loss.
Touch print or transfer print, then rub it with your fingertips. You will see if your fingers are dirty. If you notice that it even comes off a little, then this clearly shows that the print quality of this dress is the worst.
Another way to determine is to check whether other areas of the shirt are soiled or soiled by the color of the entire garment. If this happens, use the garment carefully and wash it again, as this may damage and stain other garments.
Will the color fade after washing?
It is not easy to find this after the print job is finished, because it depends on the quality of the ink and the curing process. Therefore, when the clothing is in your hand, it is not very obvious.
Generally speaking, screen-printed T-shirts and clothing will not lose the color or vitality of the artwork. But when it comes to DTG printing, this is more likely to happen. New DTG machinery and technology can prevent the occurrence of discoloration. Until recently, you could take for granted that DTG prints will fade over time and after washing.
The only decolorization test you can perform on DTG printed products:
Touching the prints, if they are too soft, it means there is no fixation or too little coating applied. Therefore, after some washing, it will become pale-similar to a retro look.
However, a balance needs to be struck between softness and boldness to the touch. If the printed matter feels firm but soft at the same time, it should be safe.
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How To Wash Your T Shirt
Have you noticed that the once bright colors of your T-shirts will start to fade after a few weeks to months of use?
This is not because of the quality of the shirts, but how you take care of them. Washing machines and dryers can be your best friend and worst enemy at the same time. If the clothes are not washed properly, not only will the shirt fade, but also the customized logo or lettering will be severely damaged.
You can take some simple steps to help ensure that your colors and logo will not crack or fade.
Turn the shirt over while washing
When washing, you should always turn your shirt over. This is due to the extreme force generated when the lid is closed and the start button is pressed. The washing machine is designed to stir the water and move the shirt so that the last bit of dirt, sweat, and body odor are released into the water.
By turning the shirt over, the inside of the shirt will withstand the impact of mechanical force, which will cause the color to fade and the logo to crack. When they go from the inside out, they become as clean as the opposite.
Always, always, always use cold water
The only reason for using hot water is to sterilize clothing, which is usually used for hospital bed sheets, bath towels and cloth baby diapers. Hot water is very rough on fabrics, especially thin T-shirts. Not only will it eventually destroy the color and logo, but it will also cause the shirt to shrink due to its material.
Hot water can also cause colors to ooze and stains to solidify. If you wash a white T-shirt with a red T-shirt by mistake, you may not like the new pink T-shirt that appears when the washing machine is cycled. As an added benefit, washing T-shirts in cold water can help save monthly electricity or gas bills, because it does not require starting the water heater.
Do not use bleach and beware of “detergents”
In addition to turning your clothes into a charming yellow that looks like the teeth of a 90-year-old smoker, even a small amount of bleach can damage the adhesive that adheres to the logo and lettering on your custom T-shirt.
The stain remover you can buy at any grocery store is also dangerous. They sometimes use harsh chemicals designed to remove stains. If you look at the warning label on the back of the detergent spray product, you will notice that they recommend that you test on a small area of your shirt.
Don’t use the dryer
No matter how tempting to throw a T-shirt into the dryer, don’t do it. Heat is the number one enemy of T-shirts, and even low heat or subtle cycles can cause colors to start to fade and logos to peel off. You should only use the dryer for items such as towels and sheets.
The same goes for bringing T-shirts to the dry cleaners. They don’t perform some ancient T-shirt washing rituals to clean them—everything will be thrown into a large industrial washing machine that uses the force of a Category 5 hurricane to wash clothes.
The best way to dry T-shirts is to hang them on a clothesline out of direct sunlight. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause rapid color fading and logo cracking. If you live in a climate where you can’t dry your clothes outdoors due to humidity or cold, you can always buy some cheap clotheslines and dry them in the shower or bathroom. Just make sure you do this long before or after the shower, as they take longer to dry in a damp bathroom.
By considering these tips the next time you need to wash a custom T-shirt, you can ensure that the colors will not fade and will continue to be bright for years to come.
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