What textile printing inks do you use?
We use water miscible dyes which are friendly to the environment. Acid dyes are used for silks, nylons and wool. Whilst cellulose based fibres such as cotton, linen and rayon need
reactive dyes. We do not use polyester fabric or pigment inks, as they tend to rub off and fade.
Is the printed fabric washable?
You can confidently wash our fabrics as the dyes we use permeate through the fibres of the fabric resulting in more intense and lasting colour. We recommend that finished products are labelled with “dry clean only” or “hand wash”. It is important to note that the printed fabric must not be left to soak.
Our recommended care instructions for silks are; gentle hand wash in cold water in wool wash. Do not soak. Rinse well. Gentle spin dry to remove excess water or roll in a towel. Fast air dry, iron on reverse side to print. Dry cleanable.
Is the print colourfast and lightfast?
Our fabrics are colour and light fast. If you supply your own base cloth it is important to ensure that the heavy cottons have not been treated with brighteners or whiteners as this will cause a rapid ongoing degradation of the dyes, resulting in early fading in sunlight.
Will my no-grin-printed Lycra swimmers go saggy and fade in chlorine?
Not in our experience, and we don’t overheat the fabric so it keeps its shape and elasticity.
Can I Scotchguard my cotton furnishing fabrics?
Yes, but be careful not to spray a cushion and turn it over onto another fabric surface before it has dried as you may get some dye transfer.
We also recommend fire retardant coating where necessary.