So you want to do customised tee shirt printing. But do you know what kind of fabric material you need? It is often overlooked but is really important because your team will be wearing these for the whole day and of course you need to know what is the most optimal material you need. 

So basically, there’s 2 common materials in here. Cotton and Polyester. Each has its own purpose, function and suitable tee shirt printing methods. 

Cotton Material 

Round neck T-shirt will often times be in 100% cotton like our Gildan range of round neck tees. It is suitable if you prefer something soft & comfortable. Cotton material has high absorption and dries slower so it is not advisable for outdoor events or staff uniforms that requires them to do different activities or do ay rigorous activities that will make them perspire. 

High absorption and slow drying makes the t-shirt wet & heavy thus making it unbearable. That’s a good reason why cotton tees aren’t used for running or any kind of sports. Cotton has good breathability but only if it’s dry. 

So, when is the best time to do cotton customised tee shirt? One is if it’s for an indoor event, and two is if it’s a good merchandise item or freebie and three is when it will be used for photo ops.  

Polyester Material 

Apparels such as the adidas polo tee or the Under Armour running tee are in polyester material. It is not only suitable for sporting events such as marathons, wall climbing or obstacle courses but also to any outdoor events. Main reason is if you are in these kinds of outdoor events, you will sweat for a little bit even if you do your best to relax or stay perfectly still. You can’t escape the sweltering heat. The best course of action is to use an apparel that wicks sweat and dries fast making you feel good and dry in just a couple of minutes as opposed to wearing a damp sticky cotton customised tee shirt. 

Another good thing with polyester tees is how smart they look. If you wear the CF Adidas Polo Tee right now it will still look fresh and crisp without even ironing it. 

Now, what about Cotton & Polyester Blends? 

Some apparels that has this kind of blend may vary in material ratio. Some will be in 50/50 while some will have the very common 65/35. Basically, it’s having the best of both materials. But that also means you get the minor disadvantages of both. The water absorption and the slow drying issue will be somewhere between the cotton and polyester material. 

Some apparels that has this kind of blend may vary in material ratio. Some will be in 50/50 while some will have the very common 65/35. Basically, it’s having the best of both materials. But that also means you get the minor disadvantages of both that results to a pseudo-cotton tee feel. 

But of course, not all material are made equally even if it says 100% cotton or 100% polyester, like some tees will stick to your body once you perspire and that’s what separates the basic apparels from the premium ones. 

So if you are interested on custom tshirt printing companies in Singapore and would like to know more you could check out some of our articles about Silk Screen Printing on Adidas Polo Tee (https://ark.sg/silk-screen-printing-on-adidas-polo-tee/) or What kind of Under Armour Running Tee is suitable for you? (https://ark.sg/what-kind-of-under-armour-running-tee-is-suitable-for-you/). 

Or much better, Do contact us Ark Industries at +65 63520988 or send us a message below to find out more about our customised tee shirt experience.