How to Wash Graphic Tees Without Cracking or Fading

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As the CEO of a company specializing in high-quality clothing manufacturing, I’ve learned a thing or two about maintaining the beauty and longevity of clothes, especially graphic tees. Today, I want to share with you some expert tips on how to wash graphic tees without causing them to crack or fade. This is something we at Natural Touch Clothing value greatly, as our aim is to deliver products that last.

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1. Understanding Your Graphic Tees

First, let’s talk about what makes graphic tees unique. These aren’t just your regular t-shirts; they’re statements, memories, and sometimes, even pieces of art. The graphics on these tees are usually made through screen printing or digital printing, and this is where the challenge lies. The prints are susceptible to damage if not cared for properly.

2. Sorting and Preparing Your Tees for Washing

Before you even think about washing, sort your tees. I always separate my graphic tees from other clothing items. This isn’t just about color segregation; it’s about caring for the print.

  • Turn your tees inside out. This protects the graphic from abrasive washing.
  • Check the care label. This is a step many overlook, but it’s crucial. The label tells you the ideal washing conditions for the fabric and print.

3. Choosing the Right Detergent and Water Temperature

Selecting the right detergent and water temperature can make all the difference.

  • Opt for mild detergents. Harsh chemicals can be brutal on prints.
  • Cold water is your friend. Hot water can cause graphics to crack and fade. I always set my machine to a cold wash.

4. Gentle Wash Cycle and Hand Washing

The gentler, the better. If your washing machine has a gentle cycle, use it. But, for the best care, I recommend hand washing. It’s what we advise for our high-end custom clothing at Natural Touch.

  • If machine washing, choose a gentle cycle.
  • For hand washing, use a soft touch. Don’t scrub the graphic directly.

5. Drying Techniques

Drying is just as important as washing.

  • Skip the dryer. High heat can spell disaster for graphic tees.
  • Lay flat to dry. This prevents stretching and distortion.
  • Avoid direct sunlight. Sun can fade the colors over time.

6. Ironing and Storage

Be careful with ironing and storing your tees.

  • Never iron directly on the print. If you must iron, do so inside out.
  • Store tees in a cool, dry place. Avoid hangers for graphic tees as they can stretch the fabric.

7. Additional Tips

  • Spot cleaning: If there’s a small stain, spot clean it rather than washing the entire tee.
  • Avoid bleach: Bleach and graphic tees are not friends.
  • Frequency of washing: Wash only when needed. Every wash can take a toll on the graphic.


At Natural Touch Clothing, we pride ourselves on quality and durability. The way you care for your clothing reflects on its lifespan. With these tips, I hope you can keep your graphic tees looking as good as new for as long as possible. Remember, these aren’t just clothes; they’re expressions of who you are. Let’s keep them vibrant!


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