How To Make DTG Prints Last Longer

A Woman Wearing Shades, Jeans, and a Black Custom-Designed T-Shirt with a White Skeleton Hand Making a Peace Sign

Custom design t-shirts have become a form of self-expression, thanks to direct-to-garment printing. The technique has what it takes the realize the most complex designs via water-based inks.

However, any designer/artist who’s invested in a unique tee knows the heartbreak of seeing the design fade after a few washes.

The best way to ensure your DTG prints last longer is to order them at Music City DigiTee, a highly acclaimed Nashville-based manufacturer of custom-printed garments.

Keep reading for more pointers on how to ensure your personalized creations remain vibrant and eye-catching, long-term.

Quality Over Quantity: Choosing the Right Fabrics

The first step to ensuring your custom-designed t-shirts withstand the test of time is to start with quality fabrics. Choose 100% cotton or blends with a higher cotton ratio.

These materials provide a smooth and absorbent surface for the ink to adhere to, creating a more durable print. Remember, the fabric sets the foundation for a long-lasting piece.

Pre-treat Like a Pro: The Secret Weapon

Pre-treating your garments before printing creates a barrier that helps the ink bond with the fabric. The practice is called “pre-washing,” in simple terms, and it helps prevent the material from shrinking and altering the design. Different garments have different pre-washing techniques.

Pre-treat yours to ensure the colors turn out as vibrant as your imagination—and the image–and increase the longevity of your DTG prints. Be thorough in your application, ensuring even coverage for consistent results.

Note: It is recommended that you do not use liquid fabric softener on DTG-printed garments.

The Perfect Print: Calibrating for Success

The next step is more of an us-problem than a you-problem. Achieving a perfect DTG print requires calibration during the printing process, which is where we enter the picture.

We fine-tune our printer settings to match the characteristics of your chosen fabric. This precision ensures that the right amount of ink is deposited, preventing over-saturation or insufficient coverage anywhere on your custom-designed t-shirt(s).

Calibration has helped us realize the full potential of our DTG printing services. After eight years in this line of work, you can trust us to have a handle on it.

Post-Print TLC: Wash and Dry

A Row of Improperly Washed Custom-Designed T-Shirts Drying on a Clothesline

Your custom-designed t-shirts deserve a little extra love during laundry time.

Try the following steps on one of the tops before adding them to the care label:

  • Turn the garment inside out before washing to protect the print from abrasion.
  • Select a gentler, milder detergent and cold water to minimize color bleeding.
  • When it comes to drying, air drying is the gentlest option.

Note: If you must use a machine, choose a low heat setting to prevent unnecessary stress on the print.

Give DTG Printing a Whirl at Nashville’s Music City DigiTee

Order a one-off or place a bulk order of custom-printed garments with Music City DigiTee. Put your apprehensions about working with a manufacturer for the first time to rest by checking out the positive feedback we have received on our custom-designed t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, and other articles of clothing.

Get in touch to get things started.

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