How to Wash and Care for you Apparel

Compared to other types of fabric, 100% Cotton carries the greatest potential of shrinking over their lifespan.  Considering this, we want to make sure you know the best ways to care for both the t-shirt and the screen printed logos on the t-shirts to prolong the lifespan of these great t-shirts, so here is the FLOLIFE 100% Ring-Spun Cotton T-Shirt Care Instruction Guide.

 

General Cotton Care:

Increase the life of the Fabric:

- Don’t dry fully, hang to complete the drying

- Use cold water for washing

- Dry on low temperature setting 

Save the Ink and Logo:

- Avoid washing with towels and other rougher fabrics, to avoid damaging the print

- A hot dryer is ink’s enemy, so only dry on low and consider removing before fully dry

- It’s ok to iron the fabric on a low temperature setting, but avoid any printed areas

- Turn apparel inside-out before washing and drying to protect the print from fading

- Avoid bleach

Keeping Your Ring-Spun Cotton T-Shirts Incredible

We know “life happens,” and when life happens at barbecues, parties anywhere else, here are some helpful tips for removing the common pesky stain from your new favorite t-shirt…

  1. Be Quick: the sooner you address the stain, the better.

  2. Don’t Rub, Blot: Rubbing can spread the stain.

  3. Avoid Heat: it can set the stain, making it difficult to remove.

Coffee: If the stain is fresh, liberally apply club soda and blot until removed. If the stain is set, pour warm water on the stain and apply a few drops of laundry detergent to help remove the stain..rinse thoroughly.

 

Sublimation Process 

Sublimation printing technology continues to evolve and present more efficient ways to produce apparel that pop with color and more flexibility for the substrate the inks will penetrate. That being said, one of the more frequent of dye sub prints is the creasing or folds that appear on the final dye sub printed t shirt. Unfortunately, when you start with a pre sewn product, the creasing is 100% unavoidable. Customers will frequently ask us to guarantee their product will not have folds or creases, and this type of guarantee is impossible if you start off with a substrate (garment) that is already assembled. Most of the creasing will happen near the shoulders, under the sleeves and sometimes right on the front panel or back panel of the shirt. To explain why this happens, it helps to understand the process.

  1. A transfer paper with the graphic is printed using a specialized sublimation printer.
  2. The transfer paper is placed on top of the shirt while the shirt is laying down flat on a sublimation press.
  3. The sublimation press applies a huge amount of pressure at more than 350 degrees, sandwiching the paper and the shirt together for a specified amount of time, allowing the inks from the paper to vaporize and fuse onto the shirt.

During the compression process, the shirt will crease in the most vulnerable areas, such as the arm pit and shoulders. The dye sub inks will not penetrate where the shirt folded or creased. Hence, final products will have white marks. 
I tell customers to remember that dye sub is an art and as a result, no two shirts will be exactly the same. But, that is kind of the beauty behind the method. The uniqueness of each piece should be a selling point, not considered a flaw.

There are certain things that we do to minimize creasing.

  • Ironing the shirts by hand to make sure they lay as flat as possible prior to pressing.
  • Recommending certain brand shirts that because of their silhouettes, tend to crease less than others.
  • We are currently working on a library of heat proof veneer templates that we are cutting to size and style that we will use as an insert prior to printing, that will stretch the shirt as much as possible (without causing distortion of the print) to reduce the incidence of creasing.
  • Working the crease marks into the art to camouflage their visibility.