The what's what of washability

The what's what of washability

SYDNEY, Australia - February 27, 2024

In this article, we explore the essentials of washability for washing garments with DTF and DTG prints, ensuring the durability of your prints.

Direct to film (DTF) and Direct to garment (DTG) printing technologies have revolutionised the custom apparel industry by offering high-quality, durable, and flexible design options. However, like all printed garments, the longevity and vibrancy of DTF and DTG prints largely depend on proper care and washing techniques. Print washability is the ability of a print to withstand successive cycles of washing without significant loss of quality. It is a measure of how resistant a print is to fading, cracking, peeling, or distorting when subjected to regular washing. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you maintain the quality of your DTF and DTG printed garments.

Pre-Wash Instructions

  • Curing time: Both DTF and DTG prints require a curing time post-printing to ensure the ink sets properly. It's recommended to wait at least 24 hours before the first wash.
  • Initial care: Avoid stretching or stressing the printed areas before the first wash, as this could affect the ink's adhesion and overall print quality.     

Washing Instructions

  •  Inside-out: Always turn garments inside out before washing. This minimises direct contact of the printed area with the washer walls and other clothes. 

Washing Conditions

  • Cold water: Use cool to lukewarm water for both DTF and DTG prints. Hot water can degrade the ink quality and lead to fading.
  • Gentle cycle: Opt for a gentle wash cycle to reduce mechanical stress on the prints. 
  • Mild detergent: Use mild, bleach-free detergent. Harsh chemicals can damage the print quality.
  • Drying and ironing air dry: The best option for drying is air drying. Lay the garment flat or hang it to dry away from direct sunlight.
  • Low heat tumble dry: If necessary, you can use a tumble dryer on a low heat setting. Remove the garment while it's still slightly damp to prevent heat damage.
  • Ironing: Never iron directly over a DTF or DTG print. If you must iron the garment, do so inside out or place a protective cloth between the iron and the print.

Additional Care Tips

  • Storage: Store DTF and DTG printed garments away from direct sunlight and in a moisture-free environment to prevent fading and mildew.
  • Fabric softeners: Avoid using fabric softeners, as they can coat the fabric and affect the breathability and appearance of the print.
  • Stain removal: Spot treat any stains carefully, avoiding the printed area. Use a mild soap and cold water, gently dabbing at the stain.

The verdict 

By following these specific care instructions, you can significantly extend the lifespan and maintain the vibrancy of your DTF and DTG printed garments. Remember, the key to preserving the quality of your custom prints lies in gentle, attentive care.

About the Author

Conor Mc PolinConor joined the GJS team in November 2023 bringing with him two years' experience in the marketing field from working previously in the construction and equine supplement industry. Originally from Ireland Conor now calls Sydney his new home. Conor forms part of the marketing team where he works on GJS' digital strategy and marketing campaigns and the overall promotion of GJS products and services. In his spare time, he likes to paint especially with watercolour, be in nature hiking or swimming in the various rock pools in and around Sydney. Conor favourite colour is sky blue and emerald green.

About GJS
GJS is Australia’s premier provider of solutions and services for the textile, promotional products, custom photo gift, sign and display industries. With over 45 years’ experience, GJS supplies everything needed to start and operate a successful printing business including equipment, consumables, training and support. Headquartered in Revesby, NSW, and with additional teams located in Victoria and Queensland, GJS serves customers throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. For more information visit: GJS and the GJS logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of GJS. Other names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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