Fabric Care 101: Tips for Maintaining the Quality of Custom Printed Textiles

In the vibrant world of custom printed textiles, each fabric tells a story. Whether it's a bold patterned swimwear piece that makes a statement at the beach or a cozy minky blanket that adds warmth and personality to your living space, the care you put into maintaining these textiles ensures they continue to share their stories for years to come. At Fabric Punch, we understand the importance of preserving the quality and color of your custom prints. Here's our guide to keeping your custom printed textiles looking as fresh and vibrant as the day they arrived.

Understanding Your Fabric

Before diving into care tips, it's crucial to understand the type of fabric you're dealing with. Different materials require different care techniques. For instance, the care for a stretchy swimwear fabric will differ from that of a soft, plush minky blanket. Always check the care label or consult with your fabric provider for specific instructions tailored to your textile.

Washing Dos and Don'ts


  • Gentle Cycle: Always opt for a gentle wash cycle with cold water. This helps prevent the fibers from breaking down and keeps the colors vibrant.
  • Mild Detergent: Use a mild, eco-friendly detergent that's free from harsh chemicals. Harsh detergents can strip the fabric of its color and damage the delicate custom prints.
  • Turn Inside Out: For garments and reversible items, turning them inside out before washing can protect the print from direct abrasion and fading.
  • Hand Wash: When possible, hand washing your custom printed textiles in cold water can be even gentler than machine washing.


  • Avoid Bleach: Bleach and fabric softeners are enemies of custom printed textiles. They can cause colors to fade and degrade the fabric's quality.
  • No High Heat: High temperatures can lead to color fading and fabric distortion. Avoid hot water washes and high-heat drying.
  • Steer Clear of Direct Sunlight: While drying, avoid placing your textiles in direct sunlight as UV rays can cause the prints to fade over time.

Storing Your Custom Prints

Proper storage is key to extending the life of your custom printed textiles. For garments, fold them neatly or hang them on soft, padded hangers to avoid creasing and color fading. For textiles not in use, like seasonal items, store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Consider using breathable fabric bags to protect them from dust and moisture.

Protecting Your Prints

  • Ironing: If ironing is necessary, always iron on the reverse side of the print or use a protective cloth barrier to avoid direct contact with the heat.
  • Spot Cleaning: For small stains, spot cleaning with a gentle, eco-friendly cleaner can prevent the need for a full wash, reducing the stress on your textiles.
  • Professional Care: For high-value or intricate custom printed textiles, consider professional cleaning. Specialists can offer tailored solutions that best suit the fabric type and print.

By incorporating these care tips into your routine, you not only preserve the quality and vibrancy of your custom printed textiles but also contribute to a more sustainable and mindful approach to fabric care. At Fabric Punch, we're passionate about offering products that not only inspire creativity but also stand the test of time with proper care. Here's to many more years of vibrant prints and cherished textile stories!