Removing Stains from Custom T-shirts and Other Cotton Garments
March 19, 2019
Custom t-shirts might be for one event or occasion, but they will last for years as part of your wardrobe. If you’re as active in t-shirts as we are, stains are bound to occur. How do you remedy such a tragic event? Surely your custom printed t-shirt isn’t ruined forever. Following some of these tips will ensure that your custom t-shirt lasts for years to come.
Ah, the classic mud stain. For mud stains, it is best to first let the mud dry before attempting to remove the stain from the t-shirt. Once dry, remove as much mud as possible with a dry brush. Remaining mud can be removed with normal washing or sponging with your standard laundry detergent or powder, but if the stain is a greasy mud stain it is a good idea to pre-treat the stain with spot remover or a grease solvent (dry cleaning solution). Repeat if necessary.
When it comes to fruit juice stains on printed t-shirts, time is of the essence. In a wet form, fruit juice stains are relatively easy to remove — but once dried, they can be quite troublesome to eradicate from your garment. As soon as possible, first treat the stain with cold water and a laundry bleach if appropriate. White shirts can be spread over a make-shift basin and boiling water can be poured through the shirt from a variable height. Colored garments can be soaked in a warm borax solution (1 tbsp to 1 cup of water is a typical ratio).
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First sponge the stain with luke warm water. Wash as usual.
The following method is safe for use on white fabrics, but for colored fabrics it is necessary to test the method first to ensure it will not damage the fabric. Drop lemon juice and a little pinch of salt on the stain, and leave it in the sun to dry out. Afterwards, wash normally and the rust spot should be diminished. Repeat if necessary.
For removing stains after a day of outdoor activities, it may be necessary to address grass stains found in clothing. Soak the stained garment in a chlorinated bleach solution. After soaking thoroughly, wash normally with laundry detergent or powder.
These are just some common stain types that one can encounter in everyday life. Being prepared for the worst can ensure your custom printed t-shirt will be wearable for years to come.