If you are like most families, you have several screen printed shirts. It might be a shirt that has a company logo or a shirt from an activity your child was involved in. And some ‘nicer’ children’s clothes have items silk screened for an added touch.
While there are some of those printed shirts I could care less about, there are a few that I would like to keep looking new for as long as possible. For example, my daughter received this shirt as a gift from her Mawmaw. If I just wash it like I would any other shirt, it will start to look old pretty quickly.
You can see that some of the penguins are felt and some are a silk screened (and glittery!):
So here are the easy rules for washing a shirt with a printed image:
- Always, always turn the shirt inside out.
If you ignore any other rule on this list, make sure to follow this one. This 2-second trick prevents the image from receiving so much agitation from the washer, especially if you have a washer with an agitator. The friction of the machine will cause the image to crack and possibly even peel if you don’t turn the shirt inside out.
- Don’t wash the shirt on hot.
Wash the shirt on cool and only rarely wash it on warm – and then only if it needs it. The plastic-type property of the silk-screening does not like warm/hot water since it will bubble, crack and peel under harsh conditions.
- If you can, wash the garment on the delicate cycle.
This is definitely the least important rule, however it can make a difference in the life of the printed image. Because there is less agitation on a delicate cycle, there is less wear and tear on the printed image. Less wear and tear equals a longer shirt life.
Sometimes saving money can be relatively painless. And turning your nicer t-shirts inside out is a great example of that. By taking the time to take care of your clothes, you spend money on them less often.
I am pleased to link this post to Frugal Fridays over at Life as MOM.