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Caring for your custom DTG printed apparel

You have just created a beautiful artwork, customised your desired garment with it and ordered it to your home. One of the most important things to do after ordering your custom-printed apparel is caring for it. Our direct-to-garment (DTG) makes for super high-quality prints, but you have to make sure to nurture these prints. If you want your prints to stay of a super high-quality and to last for as long as possible, follow the tips in this article!

What is DTG printing?

Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is a new digital way of printing. Your artwork is digitally processed by a computer and is directly applied to your desired garment. Because your artworks will directly get applied onto the fabric of your shirt, DTG printing is only eligible with cotton-based garments, but it makes for a much higher quality for your print.

For additional information about the benefits of DTG printing, head over to this article about why you should choose DTG printing.

How do I take care of my custom printed garment?

Caring for your custom garment is super important. After all the time that you spend creating your custom garments, it would be a shame for your garments to not last for a long time. To extend the duration of your custom printed apparel, please follow these tips:

Washing
  • Wash your garments inside out
  • Wash your garments with cold water
  • Use a gentle cycle with mild detergent (do not wash your garments too rough, because this will deteriorate the quality of your prints)
  • Wash your garment together with similar colors
Ironing
  • Do not iron if not necessary
  • If you decide to iron your garments, make sure to iron your garment inside out on the lowest setting
  • Make sure to not iron your artwork
Drying
  • Tumble dry on a low setting
  • Hang-drying will prolong the quality of your prints over tumble drying
Things to avoid

There are a few things that you need to avoid when taking care of your custom-printed garments. Make sure you avoid using bleach to clean your garments and in addition to that avoid dry cleaning your garments.

Furthermore, be aware of the effects of high-temperature washing and drying setting when taking care of your custom printed garments. High-temperature washing and drying settings can make your prints less bright or even crack the prints. When you wash your garments, make sure you do it on the lowest settings to prolong the quality of your custom-printed garment.

Wash caring labels

Although it is very tempting to follow the wash caring labels inside of the garment, if you want to extend the quality of your print follow the instructions mentioned above. The original wash caring labels do not take the DTG printing process into account. You should prioritize the instructions mentioned above over the instructions on the fabricant wash caring labels.

Updated on February 17, 2020

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