How to Wash Heat-Transfer Apparel

How to Wash Heat-Transfer Apparel

If you’ve recently purchased a custom printed item, you may be wondering how you can ensure that it remains in its best condition for years to come. It is relatively easy to wash custom printed apparel, but it does require a bit of special care.

Here are a few tips for washing your custom printed apparel: 

  • Do not dry clean- You may think that dry cleaning your custom heat-transfer printed clothing will ensure it is handled with care, but the high temperature and chemicals dry cleaners use mat cause your design to become damaged.
  • Machine wash– Custom printed clothing can be machine washed. Before washing, make sure the item has been turned inside out with the design facing inward. This will help protect the design from rubbing against other clothes in the washer. Be sure to set the washing machine to a cool or lukewarm temperature but not too hot.
  • Detergent– Use a mild or gentle detergent and do not include extra cleansing items like bleach or fabric softeners.
  • Machine Dry or Hang– You can dry your clothing in the dryer on a low setting. If you dry your clothing on high heat, it can cause the material to shrink, thus causing the design to warp. If you want to skip the dryer all together, simply hang the clothing to dry after it has been washed.

Ironing– If you need to iron wrinkles out of your custom printed clothing, be sure to turn it inside out. Iron the garment on a low setting, moving it in a steady circular motion.

Never iron directly over the design. 

With these tips, you can ensure that your custom heat transfer printing designs remain intact wash after wash.

If you have a design you want on custom, high-quality apparel, consider using Last Frontier Embroidery & Thread Art!

We are a family-owned and operated business, dedicated to creating quality customized clothing. With over 5,000 ready-made designs and 10,000 pieces of clip art, we can make your design come to life!

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