You just picked up a new T-shirt of your favorite team or a banner at the concert you saw last night. Of course, you want the image to last. Silk-screened objects often represent places or events we'd like to remember. Unfortunately, all silk-screen printed images will fade over time. How quickly that happens is up to you. Following a few simple care instructions will help extend the life of the image.
Things You'll Need
- Fabric protector spray
Spray the image with a light coating of a fabric protector. Follow the instructions labeled on your product of choice. Some products offer UV protection for your item.
Turn clothes inside out before washing. Washing machines are rough on clothes. Keeping the image on the inside of the garment will help protect it.
Wash your silk-screened item with other like colors in cold water. Hot water breaks down dyes and inks, resulting in faded clothes after multiple washings.
Use the gentle cycle on your washing machine. There will be less agitation, which will help preserve the ink of the image.
Avoid overloading the washing machine. Your item should be able to move freely.
Drip dry your item. The heat of a conventional dryer will cause colors and images to fade more quickly than when hung to dry. If drying your items on an outside clothesline, keep the silk-screened image away from direct sun exposure.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are silk-screening products yourself, make sure the ink is completely dry before the first wash. Setting the ink ensures the image can withstand exposure to water.
- If protecting silk-screened images on items such as mugs or plates, avoid using abrasive cleansers. Hand-wash these items with lukewarm water and a liquid detergent.
- Photo Credit Gabriel Mistral/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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