How to Preserve T-Shirts With Iron-On Graphics?
November 29, 2007 2:52 PM   Subscribe

Other than turning the T-shirts inside out and drying them with low heat, what can a person do to protect his/her clothing with ironed-on graphics?
posted by frogan to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Wash cold, inside out. Drip dry. Basically "delicate," but that'll depend on how stanky you get with them. Heat and abrasion are the enemies.
posted by rhizome at 3:02 PM on November 29, 2007

Don't dry them at all, as rhizome says.

Dryers are a great enemy to clothes, as convenient as they are.
posted by sondrialiac at 3:19 PM on November 29, 2007

Thirding not drying them at all. (Or at least only putting them in the dryer briefly, on low or no heat, just to get the some of the wrinkles to drop out. Then hang or lay flat to dry entirely.)
posted by scody at 3:21 PM on November 29, 2007

Sticking the shirt in a pillowcase while in the wash can also help, along with avoiding a dryer at all costs.
posted by cholly at 3:25 PM on November 29, 2007

I usually handwash things like this, but machine washing on the delicate cycle isn't too bad. Drip-dry out of direct sunlight.
posted by Metroid Baby at 3:29 PM on November 29, 2007

frame it.
posted by amtho at 3:35 PM on November 29, 2007

I wash things like this inside out, hang to dry, then toss them into the last 5 minutes or so of a dryer load to take the wrinkles and "stiffness" out of the fabric.
posted by ersatzkat at 4:00 PM on November 29, 2007

I have a lot of these shirts.

1) Inside out, only mixed with other shirts/socks/soft things, cold water, Woolite, "hand wash" cycle if you've got one on your machine. If not, hand wash them in a bucket or tub. If you've been particularly sweaty, go at the armpits/collar/sleeve edges using a little abrasion between your fingers and the wet and soaped fabric to get the dead skin/sweat/dirt out. Follow with a spin cycle or two to get excess moisture out, but only if you know it won't beat the crap out of your clothes (mine somehow doesn't).

2) Procure one of these. They're everywhere here in Europe (Land of No Dryers), they fold up into zero space (between the dryer and the wall!) and they've let you hang things or lay them flat on top.

3) Leave in hallway, living room, or other place with some airflow. Not by a window or a heater, though, unless yoiu live in Latvia like I do and the sun comes out once every two weeks.

4) Wait overnight.

5) Ta-da! Well-kept shirts and lower power bills!
posted by mdonley at 4:16 PM on November 29, 2007

I don't use a dryer for anything. Have a global warming moment.
When you hang the t-shirt on the line or clothes horse thingo, just grab the corners and give it a bit of a flap. That is as much ironing as you need for a t-shirt.
posted by Tixylix at 5:31 PM on November 29, 2007

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