Whether you are advertising a sale at a retail store or attempting to attract new restaurant patrons, signs and banners are a great way to lure in new business. Outside of sales and advertising, banners are a great way to celebrate a special occasion, like a birthday, or show support for loved ones during a race, sporting event, or other milestone. It’s a simple yet effective solution that has worked for decades.
Choosing sign material seems like it should be a straightforward process. But if you sit down to do it, you may find that its not such an easy decision to make. Here are some of the most common types of banner materials:
With so many materials to choose from, how do you make sure you select the best type? It really boils down to your intentions and vison for your banner or sign. Is the banner going to be indoors or outdoors? Doi different materials have better ink compatibility for certain colors? Have you decided between vinyl vs fabric banners?
At IGG Screen Printing & Graphics our most popular banner material is mesh vinyl, which has waterproof and fade resistant qualities. Mesh vinyl had tiny holes in it, which allows air to pass through and makes the material more breathable. Because of this mesh quality, mech vinyl has a loner lifespan than traditional vinyl. Another advantage of mesh vinyl is that its wind resistant. As air passes though the holes, it moves quietly and prevents the banner from flapping in the wind. That makes this material perfect if you are looking to hang a fence banner.
On your vinyl banner IGG uses an additional product made by Budnick called “banner ups.” This product offers a simple and inexpensive alternative to grommets in fabricating super strong banners of any length. Banner Ups are a foam adhesive, that bond to virtually all banner materials. The Banner Ups unique shape allows them to be applies at different corner angles as well as along the top and sides of banners.
Along with the Banner Ups tabs, we also use the Banner Ups PowerTape. This material is made of a heavy-duty film, that takes the place of hemming and grommeting the banner.
Once you purchase your banner, we suggest hanging the banner with 12’ rubber bungy cords.
When you wash your embroidered items, it is always best to turn the garments inside out. This will help protect the embroidery from abrasion. Also, whenever possible, try and avoid washing embroidered items with metal hardware items, such as zippers.
To avoid shrinkage of the material, wash the fabric as gently as possible and air dry if you can.
If you are ever worried about the thread color bleeding onto the fabric, try a gentle wash in cold water. If you notice any bleeding from the colors when washing the fabric, rinse the items in cool water until the color is removed.
1. Pre-rinse your embroidered material under cold running water.
2. Mix a small amount of mild laundry detergent into cold water. Gently squeeze the liquid through the fabric several times. DO NOT use a specially formulated wool wash, harsh detergents, or chlorine bleach, as these will ruin your material.
3. Rinse several times in cold water. Don’t worry if the water becomes colored when washing. This is normal, continue rinsing until the water runs clear.
4. Roll between two clean towels and squeeze gently without wringing. DO NOT allow the embroidery to touch instead, as colors may bleed into one another.
5. Unroll the towels and spread your needlework flat to dry on a new fresh towel or drying rack. Let it air dry until it is just slightly damp so that it can be ironed.
6. To iron, place the cross stitch face down between two clean towels ( the towels will protect your stitches from being crushed) and press lightly with a warm iron.
Never use a hot iron. To remove creases or fold lines, use the steam setting on your iron but be careful not to use too much as some color shave a tendency to run.
Keep in mind that all textiles show swear as they are washed and use. The apparel is yours, and it is your responsibility to help your embroidered material age gracefully.
IGG Screen Printing & Graphics wants to keep you in the game by providing the everyday apparel that your team needs to look their best. So check out our latest brand apparel for your team’s needs!
Has your favorite printed t-shirt faded and cracked from overuse and years of wear, washing, and drying? Here are a few tips to make sure that your new t-shirt lasts as long as possible.
Remember that the ink of the shirt becomes part of the shirt, not just imprinted on them. When your shirts are printed correctly, they can last several years.
How to wash and care for your custom screen-printed clothes.
1. Turn your t-shirt inside out when washing and drying. When you turn the shirt inside out, the printed ink rubs against less material when tumbling in the washer and dryer. This first step can be the best step for making your printed t-shirts last as long as possible.
2. Use low-temperature or cold wash settings when washing your printed shirt. Make sure to separate darks and colored shirts from whites when washing your shirts.
3. Use a mild laundry detergent
4. When drying, use the tumble dry setting or go the old-fashioned route and hang it out to dry.
5. If you iron your screen-printed shirt, make sure that it is inside out. This helps maintain the structural integrity of the imprint.
6. Ensure that you order your custom printed t-shirts from a top-quality vendor, like IGG Screen Printing & Graphics.
When ordering your custom printed t-shirts, be on the lookout for ink washout. Meaning the ink on the shirt is not cured all the way through.