Garments which have been printed rather than dyed have different properties in the wash. Prints, unlike dyes, do not fade. However, they can look old and worn with repeated washing in a washing machine or washer dryer and wearing.
This kind of damage to clothing is not caused by your washing machine and is due to incorrect program choice, where too high a level of agitation is used or, the wrong detergent is being used for the fabrics.
Printed fabrics look faded due to broken fibres from the original garment. Removing these fibres can restore a lot of the original colour and appearance however teh damage is to a large degree irreversable.
Also, repeated washing with good quality detergents such as Ariel products can help to minimise it due to the technologies designed to stop this ageing effect.
Cause & Prevention
Prints can be rubbed off or abraded by the friction of washing and wearing, this can make them look old and worn.
When washing any printed garments make sure to turn them inside out. This will cut down on the abrasion.
Use a wash program that offers a lower level of wash agitation and lower spin speeds to better care for more delicate garments.
The mechanical wash action in a washing machine can break the threads of cotton garments. These will stick through the print making them look old and faded.
Using the wrong wash cycle can result in a higher agitation wash than recommended. This extra agitation can promote more breakage of fibres.
Always follow the fabric care label when washing garments
How You Can Get Help With Laundry Problems
To offer support in helping people to determine the cause of laundry problems please use the washing machine support forum.
It’s fast, free, easy and normally someone will pick up on the post that can assist you often with a few experts chipping in if needed. Just register if you don’t have ab account, we don’t mail you, send you spam or any of that stuff.
Post up your question and give images if you possibly can and the guys in the forums will do the rest for you and try to identify the problem you have.
Cost you nothing, might save you some embarrassment or worse, a charge for a service visit that wasn’t needed.
Photographs Of Damage
If you can post photographs of the damage or problem you are having this can be really helpful in allowing the technicians to see what the problem is.