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How to wash a personalised T-shirt – best way to wash and preserve the print on personalised T-shirts.

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How to wash a Personalised

If you have ever created your own
personalised T-Shirt you’ll know how much fun it can be coming up with
designs, choosing the best way to transfer it to your T-Shirt and then of
course wearing it so that you an broadcast your individuality and
personality to all around you.

However keeping custom made shirts clean is
a little more work than your other laundry, so you need to be more careful
when washing a T-Shirt with your personalised design.

Preparing Fabric Paint

If you’ve added
your design with fabric paints or inks the most important thing is
to make sure you’ve set the design.

After creating your shirt let the
ink dry completely (this can take over 24 hours) and then place some
grease proof paper over the design and iron it with a very hot iron.

You should iron it for 3-5 minutes,
but be sure to keep the iron moving so as not to burn the design or

Do not
use the steam setting of your iron.

T-shirt and iron

Preparing Iron on T-Shirt Transfers

If you’ve bought an iron on transfer or
even made your own using an inkjet printer you can help to protect your
design by spraying it with a water repellent like Scotch Guard.

Spray both the front of the design and the
back by turning the T-shirt inside out.


With both the above varieties of T-shirts, but
particularly with iron on transfers it is safest to wash shirts separately
from your regular laundry with a reduced amount of washing detergent,
(approximately ¼ the normal recommended amount.) You can further protect
your designs by washing the T-shirts inside out.

If the T-shirts have picked up stains that won’t be
removed without a more intensive washing procedure you should hand wash the
shirt so that you can tackle the stain individually.

Professionally Printed T-Shirts

Professional personalised T-Shirts companies that print designs on T-Shirts use special screen printing inks
and heat presses to seal the designs, this means that they can be washed as you would a normal shop bought printed T-Shirt. If you want to create a
personalised design with a long lasting image that is easy to maintain it might be worth looking into having a shirt professionally printed.