Do Redbubble Shirts Fade? (A Look at if Customers Are Saying That Redbubble’s T-Shirts & Tops Are Fading + How To Avoid the Fading of the Shirts’ Printed Designs & Colors When Washing Them)

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Do Redbubble Shirts Fade? (Intro)

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Designed by independent artists, Redbubble shirts are getting increasingly popular every year. So I thought I would write a post summarizing what 772 customers had to say about whether or not the colors and designs on Redbubble’s t-shirts fade (plus I have 24 Redbubble shirts of my own).

From what brands they use to how to wash your Redbubble shirts, everything you need to know about keeping your shirts’ printed designs and colors from fading is right here!

What Shirts Does Redbubble Use?

Click on the image to see details about Redbubble’s best-selling t-shirts, “The Great Ramen off Kanagawa” by Ilustrata Design.

Most Redbubble shirts have a Bella+Canvas tag on them. However, the chiffon top and sleeveless tops didn’t have a brand name tag (just washing instructions). The brand name on the premium scoop shirts and the men’s premium shirts are AS Colour and the classic shirts have a Gildan brand name tag.

All of the brands mentioned above are really cool companies because they make top-notch shirts and they’re ethically sourced.

I thought this would be like one of those tshirts you get for free at an event, low quality and poor fitting. I was pleasantly surprised to get a well-fitted shirt made of nice material. Im a bit hesitant to wash this too much for fear the ink will chip off, but so far that hasn’t happened…

Allie on Jan 23, 2020 [RES]
Click on the image to see details about Redbubble’s best-selling chiffon tops, “Okami Amaterasu” by RubisFirenos.

The only thing that I find a little odd about these shirts is that when you first get a Redbubble shirt, you’ll probably notice a smell. Most people compare this smell to vinegar. This smell is caused by the printing process and it will go away after you wash your shirt.

Most of Redbubble’s t-shirts and tops are made using direct-to-garment printing.

A type of pre-treatment is added to the shirt before loading it into a printer. The pre-treatment guarantees that the prints will sink into the fibers of the fabric, making the artwork/designs more durable than traditional prints that have the ink sitting on top of the fabric. (But this process will also make your shirt smell a little off when you first get it. No biggie.)

Click on the image to see details about Redbubble’s best-selling fitted v-neck t-shirts, “Bones and Botany” by E Moss.

For me it’s all about the fitted V-neck T-shirts. As soon as I take it out of the bag I hand wash it right away because The print on the T-shirt has a little smell which is what I’m used to.. after ordering over 20 T-shirts already-it’s no big deal, hand wash with soap/ air dry and it’s perfect.The quality of these T-shirts are great I have thrown them in the washing machine many times over and they are still perfect. I’m a very satisfied customer. Love me some redbubble

Mercedes M. on Nov 21, 2019 [RES]

The print is wonderful, doesn’t feel like a sticker or anything heavy stuck on a tee, which i normally hate. I washed it once and it looks OK so I’m pretty happy.

Jessie on Nov 23, 2015 [RES]
Click on the image to see details about Redbubble’s best-selling graphic t-shirts, “Lost Graphic” by carbine.

On the other hand, Redbubble’s graphic t-shirts are created using a different technique called sublimation printing.

In a nutshell, the sublimation printing process involves heating the inks until they turn into gas. This gas is then combined with the polyester fabric of the graphic shirt.

Since the ink becomes part of the fabric, the design on the graphic t-shirt’s fabric won’t fade or crack, even after many washes.

Arrived when they said, good quality t-sort and great print. Wash well so far!

Jennie M. on Jan 5, 2020 [RES]

Please Note: Redbubble recommends you hand-wash the graphic t-shirts.

How Do You Wash a Redbubble Shirt?

Here are some basic tips to prevent your t-shirts and tops from fading:

  • Wash your shirts in cold water.
  • Hang them to dry (my favorite way to do this is with a laundry rack I got on Amazon) or lay them flat to dry (Amazon). The drying process depends on what the shirt’s tag says.
  • Wash your clohtes inside out.
  • Use a laundry detergent specifically meant to keep clothing from fading (my favorite is Cheer Colorguard Liquid Laundry Detergent which I buy on Amazon).

I’ve already washed [my fitted shirt] 4-5 times and see no signs of any problems with the print or with fading or bleeding (I got a bright purple shirt with mostly-white design and both are still where they’re supposed to be). Super impressed and happy and I will be buying again from Redbubble!

Jen P. on Apr 13, 2016 [RES]
Click on the image to see details about Redbubble’s best-selling relaxed fit t-shirts, “Cycling Octopus” by Amélie Legault.

… The material is light and sturdy. The design doesn’t crack or fade. I wash mine but I don’t dry them. I hang them to dry. I think that helps preserve them. I also wash them by themselves on a gentle cycle. I highly recommend these shirts…

Apryl A. on May 26, 2021 [RES]

Print looks great, a few washes in and it’s still looks wonderful. Fit me just the way I like. Thanks!

Sam F. on Jan 26, 2021 [RES]
Click on the image to see details about Redbubble’s best-selling premium t-shirts, “Space Travel” by carbine.

It’s pretty nice. The colors remain bright even after washing a couple times. Great quality and beautiful design.

Micha v. on Aug 12, 2021 [RES]

I love the finished print and if careful when washing the print stays perfectly on the material each time.

emma t. on Feb 26, 2021 [RES]

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Overview: Redbubble Shirts vs Fading

Redbubble t-shirts and tops are not only good. They’re GREAT! And I recommend them to all of my family and friends.

But these t-shirts and tops do require some special attention when you wash them. Unfortunately, you can’t just throw them in the dryer after washing them and call it a day.

But, worse comes to worst, if you find your shirt fades after only a few washes, or you’re just not impressed with the fabric, print, or fit of your shirt, it’s easy and free to return a Redbubble shirt within 90 days.

The people at this site are wonderful…..when my shirt didn’t fit, they just sent another one without even a return of the first order!! What a treat to have such service!

Margy B. on Mar 3, 2016 [RES]
Click on the image to see details about Redbubble’s best-selling sleeveless tops, “Underwater Dream VI” by spacefrogdesign.

Great customer service. Shirt was fantastic and follow-up question was answered quickly. Service top notch.

Brian L. on Oct 22, 2018 [RES]

The t-shirts are of fantastic quality, as have been all the shirts I have purchased from Redbubble, and the fact that if a mistake is made when filling my order, you all bend over backwards to make it right, has made me a fan and a lifetime customer! Thank you!

Brenda E. on Mar 28, 2021 [RES]

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Resources & Reviews About Redbubble’s Shirts

All customer reviews featured on this page were taken from Redbubble’s customer review section. To view more of these reviews, click on any shirt on Redbubble.com and then click on the “Read all reviews” button on the product page.

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