How to Keep Silk Screen Products From Fading


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.

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