It’s happened to all of us at some point. We order a custom logo embroidered polo shirt. It arrives and it promptly goes in the wash. Excited, you go to put it on only to find out that is has shrunk and it now too small for you to wear comfortably.
Very frustrating, I know. I’ve been there.
Shrink resistant fibers to the rescue.
This shrinkage problem has been one that has happened to all of us. It has not only frustrated shirt wearers, it has also frustrated shirt manufacturers. Shirt manufactures have been working on this problem for years. They have realized it is a problem and that the one who solves the problem stands to sell more shirts.
For many years, customers would purchase a whole size larger knowing the shirt would shrink down to a size that would fit them. In fact, to this day, we get customers asking us at Thread Logic if they need to do that with the logo embroidered polo shirt they want to buy.
Shrinkage happens most often with shirts that are made of 100% cotton. Cotton is a natural fiber that changes. Its shape and consistency is always changing-often times based on how it is washed and dried. That includes shrinking.
One solution to address this problem that the manufactures have developed is to treat the cotton fibers which in turn reduces their pliability-it makes the fiber more stable.
In fact, nearly all of the cotton polo shirts on the market today have some of treatment to reduce the amount of shrinking.
Manufactures have figured out a way to treat the cotton fibers before it is processed into a material that reduces shrinkage. Different shirt makers call it different things like prewashed, garment washed, preshrunk, etc. The good news is, these processes work to reduce, but not eliminate shrinking.
It does not mean they won’t shrink at all. Notice it doesn’t say shrink proof-it is shrink resistant. There still may be some shrinkage but it is significantly less than without the treatment-most often just 1% or 2%. With these treatments and processes, shirt makers have eliminated the need to purchase a shirt that is a size too big in order to account for it shrinking down to your size.
The other solution to address the shrink problem is to purchase a shirt that is made partially or totally with polyester. Polyester is synthetic fiber and very stable. It does not change based on how it is washed or cared for. Therefore it won’t shrink after washing.
I know there are some people who are not fans of polyester fabrics and shirts. But the polyester golf shirts being produced today are much better than in the 1980’s. They are soft and comfortable and make a great fabric for shirts that won’t shrink.
So there you have it. Next time you are looking for a logo embroidered polo or button down shirt and you don’t want it to shrink, look for cotton shirt that has been preshrunk or a shirt that is made with some amount of polyester and you will be good to go.