We all love our T-Shirts and want them to last and remain same forever.
We hate it when the fabric gets roughed up, stretch or the print gets faded or wear away. It’s all very sad, but here is the good news. You can avoid this and keep your t-shirts looking new for a long time by avoiding these 3 things that hurts your shirts.
Your t-shirt is more than a pieces of fabric, they cover your nakedness and gives you confidence. And could be more if properly taking care of.
- Washing wrongly:
I guess this sound wild, what’s the big deal about washing a shirt. Well, this is the No.1 Reason why your shirts get stretch up, fades and prints breaks/fades.
The best way to safely wash your shirts is by hand thou using a washing machine will not destroy your shirts but it needs to be with care and caution.
Here is how to care for it better.
Don’t separate similar colours only: Separate by weight and texture also. Washing your t-shirt against a heavy weight or hairy material like towels, jeans, hoodie, joggers can aggregate the fabric, stretch the shirt neck and leave substance on the shirt, which makes it look old and loose.
Turn Inside out before wash, no matter how you wash them: This will prevent other gaments from rubbing against the print and dreaded of t-shirt fabric. By washing your T-Shirts on the ‘inside out’, the inescapable scratch happens on the inner side of the shirt while the visual outside is not affected and reduces the risk of unwanted fuzziness and pilling of natural cotton. This also allows any potential fading due to washing happens in the inside.
Machine Setting: Setting your washing machine to the lowest setting if you washing with machine is important and if washing with hand, don’t scrub the neckline (rib) too hard. Treat Stains immediately.
Use Moderate & Mild Detergent with cold water: The market is full of hard and Chemical (Oil-Based) detergent ingredients. How ever its important to use a friendly detergent and use the right amount of detergent, The fewer clothes you put in a washing machine the less detergent is needed. The same applies to garments that are more or less dirty. Also, in areas with rather soft water, less detergent can be used. Avoid bleach and fabric softener.
- Heat is Bad
This is why your t-shirt shrinks, the process of t-shirt shrinkage happens in the drying process. Tumble Dry is a convenient and fast process but your t-shirt is best dried when hung.
Air Drying is the best method, but avoid excessive sunlight as a 100% Cotton products do not like excessive heat. Heat Damages and shrinks fabric and prints, try to remove the tees early before the cycle ends. Do not tumble dry, Air Dry Instead.
Avoid wooden hangers and metal clips that cleaves painty shapes in the shoulder areas when it dries.
- Removing Wrinkles & Storing
Cotton shirts are prone to wrinkles and here are ways to make sure your tees are clean, fresh and smooth. If a T-Shirt does need ironing, then it is best to refer to the garment care label to understand exactly what temperature setting is safe. The more dots you see on the iron symbol in the care label, the more heat you can use. Our Cotton T-Shirt for example, can be ironed at lowest heat setting (one dots).
For printed t-shirt, place a plain white cloth or handkership between the shirt and iron to smooth the print design (avoid streaming or ironing directy onto the print area or around it.)
Storing: Ideally your T-Shirts should be stored folded and lying on a flat surface, in case you really prefer to hang your T-Shirts, use wide hangers so its weight is more evenly distributed. In case of hanging your T-Shirts, make sure you insert the hanger from the bottom so you’re not over-stretching the neckline.