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Popular Methods of Custom Garment Printing

Quality custom garments can be produced using one of three popular printing methods. Each method has its fair share of pros and cons. It is up to the customer to select the right type of custom printing for each project. Let us take a moment to review them.

Screen Printing

Historians tell us that screen printing has been around for almost two thousand years. It’s hard to believe that a printing method that old can survive in the digital age. Just remember that printing has always been a volume business. The moveable type printing press, for instance, took time and energy to organize. But once the type was in place, the printer could easily and affordably print as many copies of books, pamphlets, and newspapers as he desired.

Screen printing works in much the same way. It takes time and money to actually create or burn a unique design. But once that design has been made, the printer can create as many copies as he likes. In fact, New York T-shirt printing gets cheaper with each additional item. As a result, screen printing is the method of choice for customers who place bulk orders.

The main drawback of screen printing is that it does not do well with polychromatic designs. If you need a T-shirt printing New York that includes colorful designs, it is probably best to choose one of the other methods.

Direct to Garment Printing

No other method can compare to direct to garment when it comes to quality. The process relies on a special modified digital printer that can print nearly any image or design directly onto the garment. Just like a traditional color printer, these machines offer incredible color variations. As you might expect, they are quite expensive. And since most custom printers can only afford one color printer, larger projects take time. Customers should not expect much of a discount on bulk orders.

Heat Transfer

More accurate than screen printing and less expensive than direct to garment printing, heat transfers have been popular for decades. Anyone who wore a Batman or Superman shirt in the 1970s knows the pros and cons of this method. The process is fast, affordable, and it offers high-quality prints. On the downside, heat transfer patches can fade, crack, and peel. Not to mention the fact that they can be a bit uncomfortable for people with sensitive skin.

Again, customers should consider which method is best for their project. If you need a bulk order of New York T-shirt printing on the cheap, screen printing is probably your best bet. On the other hand, if you need a small order of high-quality prints, either heat transfer or direct to garment printing should suffice.

Bleach Cleaning Throughout Your Home

What do you think of when you smell bleach? Does it transport you back to summers in your youth when you spent endless hours at the community or neighbor’s pool? Maybe it reminds you of a clean bathroom. Whatever your association, the bleach is used for the same thing: killing bacteria.

Bleach is a very strong chemical that is very effective in a number of uses. First of all, it is an excellent stain remover. In fabrics, this, of course, is only true of white cloth. Colored cloth, rather than having a stain removed, will become stained white because of bleach. This is why it is important to remember to be careful when using bleach and be wearing work clothes.

Bleach cleaning your surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom is a great and simple way to disinfect and kill bacteria. All you have to do is mix a solution of nine parts water and one part bleach. Dip your cloth in or spray directly on the surface and allow to sit for a minute then rub down and wipe off and you have a disinfected surface.

Another great use for bleach cleaning is for removing mold and mildew. The bathroom most commonly falls victim to this type of growth because of the use of water and the regular permeation of steam. Mold and mildew often grow on the bath or in the shower. Spraying the area with a mixture of water and bleach will do the trick. Allow it to sit for ten minutes and rinse and wipe. For very stubborn mold, use a full concentration of bleach.

Mildew also grows on window ledges and sills as well as around the frames. This can usually be wiped away quite easily with just a wet cloth or a window cleaner but they will not prevent the mold from growing back. Diluted bleach cleaning the window will help remove all of the mildew completely and will prevent growth for a long time after.

Although bleach is highly toxic, it can be used in extremely small amounts to clean water for drinking. If you are planning to store water or just need to drink unclean water you can simply drop some Clorox in. The amount is very, very small; you only need two drops of bleach to each quart! If the water is actually cloudy you can double the amount but definitely do not use more as it will not clean the water any better and will make you sick.

The uses of bleach in cleaning are many and varied. It is a chemical that everyone should have around the house. However, because of its toxic nature and potentially damaging properties, it must be kept well out of reach of children in a place it cannot be spilled from.

Install Sod For an Instant Lawn

Installing nursery sod is the quickest way to transform a sand lot into a lush and inviting lawn. Is it labor intensive? Yes. But the transformation is amazing and fast. Before you get started, you will need to calculate how many square yards that you want your new lawn to cover. This is where a long measuring tape will come in handy. Simply measure the length and width of the area that you want to cover and multiply the two numbers to get your square yardage.

For example: if the area you want to cover is 30 yards long and 20 yards wide, your square yardage is 600 sq yards. If your yard is an irregular shape, simply break it down into smaller areas and measure them individually–then total the areas for your overall sq yardage. Once you have determined your total sq yardage, its time to order your topsoil. You can look in your local yellow pages to find the nearest supplier of topsoil, or check with your local landscaping company for suppliers. You will need enough topsoil to provide a layer at least 6″ deep over your whole lawn area. Your local topsoil supplier can tell you how much you will need if you supply them with the sq yardage you wish to cover–most suppliers will deliver the soil as well.

With your topsoil now on site, you can either hire a local contractor or choose to spread the soil yourself. If you have a small area to cover, the wheelbarrow, shovel and rake method might be for you. For larger areas, it might be worth hiring someone with a tractor or excavator to spread the soil. One of the advantages of having your soil spread by a contractor is that it will be compressed in the process of spreading. Now that your soil is spread, it is time to prepare it for sod. If your soil was spread by machine, all you will need to do is rake the surface with a garden rake–adding soil here and there to fill in any low spots. If your soil was spread by hand, you will need to roll it first to compress the soil before raking. You can either rent or buy a roller–I recommend the type that is filled with water, as you can adjust the weight by adding or removing water as needed.

Once you have the soil compressed and raked, you can order your sod. The sod could be ordered before you finish soil preparation, but make sure that it does not arrive too soon, as sod deteriorates quickly, if not installed and watered. Again, you can consult the yellow pages or check with your local landscaping firm to find a sod supplier.

You can let the sod run a bit over the edges of your topsoil, and use a sod cutter to correct the length once you have all the sod down. This is where the stakes and string come in to play–if you have straight lines that you need to cut–just put a stake in the ground at one end and pull the string tight to the other end and stake it in place. Then use the taught string as your cutting guide.

After you have all your sod down and cut to fit, roll the whole surface once more–this removes any air pockets and gives the sod solid contact with the soil. Also, drive a couple of stakes into any sods that are on steep slopes–if the slope is a bit of a challenge to walk on–stake the sods. Staking sods in this manner helps to keep them in place until the roots take hold. Now all you need to do is water your new lawn daily, for the next two to three weeks to insure good root growth. Then remove the stakes, mow and enjoy.

Materials and Tools Needed: measuring tape, garden shovel, wheelbarrow, nursery sod, 3lb hammer, sod cutter, topsoil, stakes, string’ roller, rake.

Work Safe: when handling heavy materials, lift with your legs, not your back.