Teatowel and Garment Care

You Want your TEATOWELS looking great, and so do we!

We’ve put together a few tips to keep your garment and branding looking great.
A Fair bit of these guidelines are more for apparel.

Tea Towels are printed using Waterbased inks, this is great news as it means the towels can be used for drying! It also means they can be ironed if you are into that. The print is lovely and soft and more like a dye. The teatowels are 100% Cotton and will shrink, hence the ridiculous initial size.

The towels actually look, feel and dry MUCH better after the first wash. If you want to avoid shrinkage you can stretch the towels back out while they are wet, hang dry and cold water wash only.


All teatowels and most garments have care labels sewn into them which should be always followed.

As a general rule, everything will fade eventually, particularly 100% cotton items or items with a high cotton content, this is why many aprons have a polyester component. There are steps you can take to try and slow this process:

• Heat is the enemy, it breaks down fibres and loosens the dyes hold. Try and Cold wash and avoid the dryer where possible.
• Where practical dry out of direct sunlight, with apparel you can dry inside out.
• There is some evidence that a small amount of vinegar can help during the rinse cycle.
• Always wash with similar colours.
• Use coloured or dark detergents.


Unlike Plastisol the Inks we use for teatowels are Waterbased, the ink sits in the teatowel and as such Irons will not affect the print.

Some commercial washing machines and dryers can actually strip the print off entirely, with Waterbased inks heat particularly when washing can contribute to ink fade. Watch your temperature.

• Cold water wash.
• Hang Dry inside out to avoid fading.
• Never iron over plastisol print, go ahead and iron teatowels if thats your thing!


Although not usually applicable to Teatowels, Embroidery is the toughest of Branding methods:

• Cold water washing is best.
• Minimising garment shrinking will avoid puckering around the embroidery, so read garment care labels.
• Try avoid ironing embroidered area.


Your teatowels won’t be vinyl or transfer printed, however if we have branded a different item for you it might be.

• Cold water wash.
• Hang Dry inside out to avoid fading.
• Never iron over transfers.


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