We live in a small town in the Western Cape of South Africa. Because of our love for the bull terrier breed, me and my wife, Lenie started a small but niche bull terrier T-Shirt printing business.
Me being a cat person all my life and due to a previous experience, was very skeptical about bull terriers. Lenie eventually persuaded me towards what was important to her. We are owners of our third bull terrier and are smitten with everything about them, even with their spiteful “bi-polar effect”.
Our bull terriers originate from the breeder Marianne of Panomar Bull Terriers on a farm in the Northern Cape. We are in a very close friendship with her.
Sometimes over weekends Lenie visit the farm helping out with the rearing of the little bundles of love, giving Marianne a break.
That is basically how we got excited and how our Bully Love™ brand started. We had this unique logo trademarked and are committed, hands-on and personally involved in every step of the way.
Our T-Shirts is of a high quality and we are proud with what we offer. We inspect every T-Shirt for defects. Going forward we eventually aim to provide customers with a wider choice of colours, designs and sizes.
Bully Love T-Shirt Care
Less is more. For extra-longevity and durability, a 100% cotton Bully Love T-Shirt (we use the Barron 160g brand) should only be washed when needed. Even though quality cotton is robust, every wash causes stress to its natural fibres and ultimately leads to faster ageing and fading of your T-Shirt.
Therefore, simply washing less is probably one of the most important tips to prolong the life of your favourite T-Shirt.
White with white! Washing brighter colours together helps to maintain the fresh whiteness of your T-Shirts. This reduces the risk of a white T-Shirt picking up a colour tone from the other garments.
Sort your T-shirts with similar garments and fabric types. The black T-Shirt can be washed with darker garments, but dot wash with work wear and especially not with jeans which will definitely destroy your T-Shirts. If you’re unsure of how to wash a new garment, have a quick look at the care label.
A 100% cotton T-Shirt does not like heat and may shrink if it’s washed in too hot water. If you do your washing in warm water, we recommend Bio Classic and a water temperature of 30 degrees. This will ensure the longevity of your T-Shirts.
Washing your white T-Shirt at 30 or 40 degrees ensures a longer lasting crisp looking T-Shirt and reduces the risk of any unwanted colourization such as yellowish marks under the arm pits.
Some form of abrasion happens in the washing machine; do not wash your T-Shirts with work wear of jeans. By washing your T-Shirts on the ‘inside out’ will reduce the abrasion of the outside of T-Shirt.
Also dry T-Shirts inside out and hanging it by the shoulders. This will prevent fading on the outside.
The best way to dry your T-Shirts is hanging it by the shoulders or a hanger in a shaded place. It is not always possible but a cloths rack and a fan do wonders and your T-Shirt will last about forever.
There are now more environmentally-friendly detergents on the market that are based on natural ingredients, while avoiding chemical (oil-based) ingredients. Since there is no 100% green option, remember that using more detergent will not make your clothes any cleaner. Stick to the detergent instructions for the best results.
The fewer clothes you put in a washing machine the less detergent is needed. We can recommend Bio Classic, the detergent we are using. Please read the instruction carefully.
Do Not Tumble Dry
All cotton products will have natural shrinkage, which generally happens during the drying process. The risk of shrinkage can be reduced by avoiding a tumble drier and do air-dry instead. While tumble drying might sometimes be a convenient solution, a T-Shirt is definitely best dried when hung in the shade.
When air-drying your garments, avoid direct sunlight to reduce unwanted fading of colours. As mentioned above: 100% cotton products generally do not like excessive heat. To reduce creasing and unwanted stretching, delicate cotton fabrics should be hung over a rail.
Iron Inside Out
Cotton is prone to wrinkles and creasing. However, by handling your T-Shirts correctly when taking them out of the washing machine, creasing can be minimized. And you can give each T-Shirt a gentle stretch or shake to get them back into shape. Take extra care around the neckline and shoulders: you should not stretch them too much here as you don’t want the T-Shirt to lose shape.
When ironing your T-Shirt, we recommend to iron on reverse and to use the steam function of your iron or a damp cloth. Giving cotton fabrics some moisture before ironing will make its fibres smoother and the garment will flatten more easily.
Laying flat and folded is the best way to store your T-Shirts.
If you want to eliminate the folding creases, you may hang the T-Shirt on a cloth covered hanger. Use wide hangers so its weight is more evenly distributed.
In case of hanging your T-Shirts, make sure you insert the hanger from the bottom so you’re not over-stretching the neckline.
Treat Stains ASAP
In case of emergency, when getting a stain on a specific spot of your T-Shirt, the first and most important rule is to treat the stain immediately. Natural materials like cotton or linen are great at absorbing liquids (such as red wine or tomato sauce), so the faster you start to remove the stain the easier it is to get it out of the fabric entirely.
For persistent stains, you can use a commercial stain remover, but avoid stain solutions with bleach for coloured cotton garments. The bleach might remove the colour out of the fabric and leave a light mark.