Monthly Archives: August 2016
The lofty invention of sublimation printing technology which has only initiated with the textile industry, has currently crossed the boundaries of sports arena. Hence, the collections of uniforms for different sports like soccer and polo can get a new touch of grace and panache with the help of this technological advancement so that they can appear immensely stunning to the viewers, drawing in more sponsors as well as help the team owners create unique brand identity for promotion. But there are certain things to take into considerations if you want to get your team uniforms customized with proper sublimations prints and techniques. Take a brief look at the following guidelines.
Opt for the right fabric
It is to be noted that there are only a few choices in fabrics which can gel with the sublimation printing process. Amongst other synthetic fibers, polyester is wide favored for their great moisture-wicking and contouring qualities. Lightweight and breathable, it can pull away excess sweat and perspiration from the body and help keep the players dry and fresh all day. In fact it exudes brighter colors and prints, especially if you choose white for the base.
Enhance the appeal of the jerseys
Players in their stunning jerseys not only grab lots of eyeballs but also make the overall game exciting for the audience and the sponsors. So make sure that you get your sublimated soccer uniforms in proper colors, prints and designs. You can choose brighter shades of blue and red on white or light color base to increase the visibility of the outfits. You must also urge the manufacturer to use sublimation ink to print your team logo, players’ names and numbers. While you send these custom details, get the letters, number and other prints done in stylized fonts and contrasting shades to ensure lasting impression on the viewers.
Make a proper mishmash in clothes
For polo team owners choosing the proper structure and fit of the t-shirt with ideal pants is very important. While finding the right length and fit in asublimated polo shirt matters a lot, the choice of colors for each part, both upper and lower, makes a lot of differences. Even soccer team heads should check out the length of the jersey shorts. Whether you want them to be tight fitted or slouchy ones, make sure that they are customized well as per your color choices and prints. You can also have them with stripes or checks keeping the design of the tees bare minimum so that each part can have a good contrasting effect.
Logo embossing should be right
After sending the color and design choices, it is mandatory to send your preferred logo styles. While the manufacturer lets you choose from plenty of font styles and designs, they also help you affirm the location where you want them to be placed so that they stand out and become visually accepted by the viewers. However, with the sublimation process, you can get hold of the most stunning and appeasing outfits for your players and the team.
We get this question all the time from customers, and while we do not pretend to be Polly/Paulie Homemaker, we do know a thing or two about how to care for custom screen printed apparel after being in this business for nearly 3 decades! Of course the quality of the shirt or other apparel item is very important to its wearability over time and that’s why our custom screen printed apparel items are sourced from some of the best manufacturers in the business such as Hanes, Nike, and Adidas to name just a few! (Don’t you just hate it when you get a new t-shirt and then take it out of the dryer after the first wash and find that it will only fit your daughter’s stuffed teddy bear?) There really is an art to washing (and drying) screen printed apparel and we have a few tips to share!
First, always use cold water. There’s really no reason to wash clothes in hot water unless you’re a hospital or a hotel laundering sheets and towels. Cold water will get your clothes clean and it’s certainly gentler on the fabric.
Second, don’t use bleach or other strong detergent products. Like using hot water, there’s no good reason to use harsh cleaning products on your clothes. Use a stain remover on spots but try to stay away from bleach all together. You don’t have to use Woolite but use a mild detergent on your clothes.
Third, turn your clothes inside out before you wash and dry them. Most people already do this with t-shirts and jeans, but all of your clothes will benefit from the inside out maneuver to prevent fading and to protect printing and embellishments.
Fourth, do not put your clothes in a hot dryer. We cannot stress enough this point about hot air and your clothes. Never set the dryer on its highest heat settings when you want to dry clothes (towels don’t mind being cooked in the dryer!), and always remove them from the dryer before they are completely dry to hang up or lay out to finish drying. High heat is probably the worst enemy of custom printed apparel (and most clothes).
Fifth, wash similar clothes together and we’re not just talking about colors! We all have had the occasional “pink” socks, t-shirts, and underwear due to an errant red clothing item sneaking into the white wash, but color separation is not the real issue. You want a load of wash to have similarly textured clothes to limit the amount of rubbing each item receives. Fabric rubbing is a quick way to create pills (even if you have a cloth shaver it’s a pain to have to use it!), and custom printed items could crack and peel from too much friction. Just imagine rubbing a piece of sandpaper on your skin. That’s how a t-shirt feels when it’s washed with towels.
Yes we really are writing about how to do laundry but we are because it is important to take good care of your clothes and especially your favorite custom printed apparel. If you have any other clothes-care tips you’d like to share with our readers please send them along. While we are experts in custom screen printing and embroidery we do fall a bit short as domestic divas and dudes!
Screen Printed uniforms should be washed immediately after each use if at all possible, in cold water.
The rinse cycle should also be set to cold water.
We recommend using Tide or a similar detergent in cold water.
Prior to washing, turning the garments inside out will help preserve the screen printing or pre-printed lettering. This will also help prevent the garment from prematurely fading.
Do NOT wash uniforms with other items, such as towels!
DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH!
Heavily soiled garments (grass, dirt, clay mud, or any other heavy stain) using a pretreatment is recommended.
- Spray ‘n Wash or Shout can be sprayed on the soiled areas and left for about 15 minutes before washing
- Gels can be rubbed into stains and left for overnight absorption to loosen up the stain – wash next day
- OxyClean can also be used during wash cycle in cold water
- Ink stains should be sprayed with hair spray and rubbed together until the stain is gone. Then wash garment in cold water.
DO NOT DRY UNIFORMS ON HIGH HEAT.
If you must use a dryer, us damp dry or air dry with no heat. High heat will cause shrinking, bleeding of garments, printing to crack, and twill to wrinkle.
DO NOT OVERLOAD WASHER.
Remove uniforms immediately after washing and hang garments to dry.
DO NOT OVERLOAD DRYER.
Uniforms will stick together, especially if they have been screen printed.
Remove jerseys immediately from dryer (if dried at all) and hang dry.
Uniforms placed in dryer can and will cause damage to all types of garments that are customized. This is the #1 reason a garment has issues with printing cracks or peeling.
DO NOT DRY CLEAN OR IRON.
To avoid static and lint build-up, use anti-static agent such as dryer sheets.