Because DTG printing is the design bonding to the glue (pre-treatment) and not the actual shirt, washing incorrectly can result in excessive damage to the printed design.
While the manufacturers do provide washing instructions, these do not necessarily take into account the added print on the garment. We suggest using the follow instructions when washing your garment:
*Machine wash cold, inside-out, gentle cycle with mild detergent and similar colors. Only non-chlorine bleach, when necessary. No fabric softeners. Tumble dry low, or hang-dry for longest life. Cool iron inside-out if necessary. Do not iron decoration. Do not dry clean.*
Be wary of washing and drying on a high setting, especially when the garment is 100% cotton.
High temperature washes can fade and crack the print, and high temperature dryer settings can shrink the garment, as well as damage the print.
We do have shirts that come pre-shrunk to help avoid shrinking issues. The following models come pre-shrunk.
You can also view garment information like this on the product page for the item.
American Apparel 5454
American Apparel 5495
American Apparel 5398