Textile printing & care


Printing techniques for textile and t-shirt printing

Flex printing? Flock printing? Flexed Flakes?

Flex printing

Flex printing belongs to the category of plot printing, i.e. the foil is cut with a cutting plotter. The flex foil is a bit "rubbery" and adapts to the stretching of the shirt. Fluff does not stick to the flex film. I can only report on the durability from personal experience: my shirts, which I had printed with flex film at various T-shirt printers, still look good even after 20-30 washes. The fabric ages rather than showing the age of the flex print.

Flock print

Flock printing also belongs to the field of plot printing, except that the foil is not coated in a smooth, rubbery way, but rather fluffy, similar to a velor sweater. Flock printing should not be confused with the "flocking" that was commonly used in the past, in which textile flocks were actually applied to the textile after the application of an adhesive substance. After the fluffy coated film has been cut to size, it is also weeded and fixed to the textile with heat.

Screen printing

Due to the high set-up costs, screen printing is primarily only suitable for T-shirt printing in very large runs. With screen printing, a "sieve" is produced for each printing color, through which the color is applied to the textile. A wide variety of colors and mixed colors are of course possible. Screen printing is not usually used for online t-shirt printing in small runs.

Care instructions

To take care of your individual textile print article, you should take a few notes be sure to note, so that you can enjoy your personal imprint for as long as possible.

Note: As soon as we print a desired motif on clothing or the fabric, some of the information on the label is partially obsolete. The reason for this is that printed motifs are more susceptible to washing and care than the fabric itself.

What you should pay attention to!

  • Different print motifs should not touch each other when ironing the fabric
  • The subject should also never direct come into contact with the hot iron
  • The washing temperature should never be set higher than 30°C
  • Never use chemical agents for cleaning
  • The use of liquid detergent is not recommended
  • You should not tumble dry printed clothing
  • You should only iron left-turned (turned inside out)

Diese grundlegenden Waschtipps gelten für alle Druckarten. Tipp: Das Bügeln ist dann zu empfehlen, wenn der Stoff noch leicht feucht ist, so klappt’s auch mit den Falten.


Washing tips for flex printing

The printing foil of the flex printing is of extremely high quality and therefore very robust. It doesn't fade and keeps its shine for many washes. If you wash at 40°C, it is advisable to put the textiles inside the washing drum inside out. In addition, you should not iron higher than level 1.

Washing tips for flock printing

In contrast to flex printing, the velvety soft surface of flock printing is a little more robust. Nevertheless, the textiles should also be washed inside out at 40°C. When ironing, the motif should not be touched directly, but it can also be ironed at a slightly higher level if turned inside out.

Washing tips for screen printing

Surfaces printed with digital printing are more susceptible to washing than flex or flock printing. Black areas in particular will lose some color and fade with repeated washing. Therefore never wash hotter than 30°C and turn left when ironing, and do not use steam.

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