How should I wash my printed garments?

At Printful, we use the latest Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing technology to offer a wide variety of printable garments and design color options at an affordable price. The DTG ink in this process is different from the ink screen printers use. Keep in mind that the original manufacturer's care instructions don't take into consideration the DTG printing process.

Be wary of washing and drying on a high setting, especially when the garment is 100% cotton. High-temperature washes can fade and crack the print, and a high-temperature dryer settings can shrink the garment, as well as damage the print. 

In order for you to prolong the life of your custom print, we suggest following the care instructions below:

Machine wash cold, inside-out, gentle cycle with mild detergent and similar colors. Use non-chlorine bleach, only when necessary. No fabric softeners. Tumble dry low, or hang-dry for longest life. Cool iron inside-out if necessary. Do not iron decoration. Do not dry clean

We do have shirts that come pre-shrunk to help avoid shrinking issues. The following models come pre-shrunk: Alternative 1070, Alternative 1072, American Apparel 5454, American Apparel 5495, American Apparel 5398, Anvil 980Anvil 391, Anvil 982, Anvil 986, Anvil 990B, Gildan 2000, Gildan 2400, Gildan 2000L, and Hanes 5180.

You can also view garment information like this on the product page for the item.

Sublimation apparel can be washed at any temperature setting without affecting quality. But we recommend washing with like colors, as the polyester fabric we use tends to make colors run. 


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