Q-and-A about Direct-to-Garment (DTG) inks

Q-and-A about Direct-to-Garment (DTG) inks

Aug 23, 2022

Welcome to our little Q-and-A about DTG inks. We are here to provide you with the latest information about Direct-to-Garment printing and the inks used in this process. If you are a DTG printing company, feel free to browse our DTG ink inventory and find the inks you need. However, if you are new to DTG printing or looking to learn more about the inks used in this process, you have come to the right place. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about DTG printing inks.

Q-and-A about Direct-to-Garment inks

Q: What is DTG ink?

A: DTG ink stands for Direct-to-Garment ink. It is a type of ink used in a specialized printer that prints directly onto fabric, allowing for high-quality, full-color prints on a variety of garments.

Q: What types of fabric can be printed on with DTG ink?

A: DTG ink can be used on a wide range of fabrics, including cotton, polyester, blends, and more. However, it is important to note that the ink may perform differently on different fabrics, so it is recommended to test the ink on a small patch before printing on a larger area. Also follow the manufacturers advice.

Q: How many colors are available in DTG ink?

A: DTG ink is available in a CMYK and white.

Q: Can I use any DTG ink with my printer?

A: DTG ink is formulated to work with specific printers, so it is important to check with the manufacturer of your printer to ensure compatibility before use. Our product descriptions always mention the supported printhead type(s) of each DTG ink.

Q: How long does DTG ink last on fabric?

A: The lifespan of DTG ink on fabric depends on several factors, such as the fabric type, washing conditions, and ink saturation. However, when properly cared for, DTG prints can last for years. 

Q: Is DTG ink environmentally friendly?

A: Some DTG inks are formulated to be eco-friendly and may be free from hazardous chemicals. It is important to check with the manufacturer of the ink to determine its environmental impact. Our product descriptions (on the product pages of this website) always include the Material Safety Data Sheet.

Q: How should I store DTG ink?

A: DTG ink should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. It is recommended to keep the ink cartridges sealed until ready for use. 

Q: What is the shelf life of DTG ink?

A: The recommended shelf life for most color inks is one year and six months for white ink and pre-treatments. But shelf life also varies depending on the manufacturer and formulation of the ink. It is important to check the expiration date before use.

Q: Can I mix DTG ink with other inks?

A: It is not recommended to mix DTG ink with other inks as this may affect the quality of the prints and could potentially damage the printheads / printer.

Q: How do I clean my printer after using DTG ink?

A: It is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning your printer after using DTG ink. Usually these steps come into play:
Clean the machine's exterior with a lint-free cloth and mild cleaner or isopropyl alcohol. Use recommended swabs or cloths for gentle cleaning inside. Check and clean the gasket on the capping station if needed, as ink buildup may clog it. Remove excess ink from the printhead's sides without touching it. Ensure the capping assembly's wiper is clean and flexible.

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