Digitally Printed Fabric Wash Tests

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Print and press - wash test resultsIf you have followed us on social media, you will have seen the very exciting news that our digital fabric printer has arrived and we have started printing!


We know that your fabric is for making, not just taking arty Instagram pictures (although we love doing that too!), and so we have put together some comprehensive wash tests to show you the best way to look after your custom printed fabric. Above is a grid showing a number of wash tests we have tried, and an unwashed ‘control’ fabric for comparison.


All of our fabrics are printed with pigment inks, which makes them great for interiors as they are more lightfast than digitally printed reactive dyes. They are also great for fashion, as long as some extra care is taken to keep the prints looking fresh. You can find out more information in the Washing and Aftercare Guide. Generally the best advice is to use lower temperatures, iron before the first wash, gently handwash if you can, or protect the print by pinning it to another piece of fabric, turning it inside out, or using a wash bag if washing in a machine. As you can see, the worst thing to do is use very hot water and firmly rub the fabric against itself. The heat and friction will work together to break down the inks.


Pigment inks are water resistant and won’t run or fade if they get wet. Similarly in normal situations, they won’t ‘rub off’:

Print and press - rub test results

In this test the swatch on the right was rubbed against itself for 60 seconds to see if any ink would come off. As you can see, none did and the print is still crisp and clear, showing that fabrics from Print & Press, London are suitable for use with products that get regularly handled such as shirts, bags, dresses, trousers, toys, etc. The only time rubbing might be an issue is when you are washing your prints, so be careful not to rub the fabric too much if you are getting it wet and using high temperatures.


Have any questions about looking after your fabrics? Visit our washing and aftercare guide, or send an email to



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