Nothing beats the bright color of a brand new t-shirt. But have you noticed that over time that stunningly vibrant color tends to get a tad on the dull side due to fading? There has to be a reason why this happens, and hopefully, there are ways to avoid this. There are also some colors that seem to fade faster than others.
It’s frustrating if you buy your t-shirts because of the color and how that matches with the rest of your wardrobe. Well, here’s a look at why t-shirt colors fade.Img source: shopify.com
Before we get too deep into this subject, let’s look at some of the contributing factors that can cause a t-shirt color to change over time:
1 – The Fabric
It may not appear to be all that obvious at first, but the type of fabric has a great deal to do with color retention. Some fabrics will hold the color dye better than others. Cotton is a common fabric used in the manufacturing of t-shirts, and oddly enough, cotton tends to fade faster.
2 – The Laundry
The way in which you wash your t-shirts may actually be one of the reasons why they are fading. If you like to toss your cotton t-shirts into the dryer, keep in mind that cotton will break down when heated and tumbled around with other types of clothing.
3 – The Clothesline
If you prefer to hang your t-shirts to dry, don’t hang them outside. That’s because the UV rays from the sun will harm them. The sun has a natural bleaching effect on most anything that sits outside. This is why outdoor furniture and paint also fades and breaks down over time.
4 – The Dye
The process used to dye t-shirts will have an impact on how fast or slow the color will alter over time. Cotton t-shirts are usually dyed in hot processes that last longer, and as a result, the colors will also last longer than other dye processes with different fabrics.
5 – Quality
This probably goes without saying, but a t-shirt that is cheaply made and costs far less than the market standard is likely to fade far quicker than a better quality product. Production methods of cheaper t-shirts may not be as strictly monitored as those coming from more professional production sites.Img source: impericon.com
How To Prevent T-Shirt Colors From Fading
Here are a few simple tips to assist you in preventing t-shirt colors from fading earlier than they should:
– Before washing a t-shirt, turn it inside out
– Wash your t-shirts in cool or warm water only
– Do not dry your t-shirts in the dryer
– Add a cup of vinegar to the water with mild detergent the first time you wash a new t-shirt
– Use detergents that are designed specifically for dark colors
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