How to Bleach a Shirt for Sublimation – Safest Ways

Now here you are going to discover another interesting trend about sublimation on how to bleach a shirt for sublimation.

After bleaching, you can give another amazing look to your shirt. You are probably aware that in sublimation printing, you transfer the design onto any required material.

Here in this post, you will see another exciting thing in sublimation. You will see how to process and how to conduct and what things you need to bleach the shirt for sublimation.

How to Bleach a Shirt for Sublimation

Bleach Before and After Sublimation

Before bleaching a shirt for sublimation, you need to know one important point you can bleach the shirt before the sublimation, and you also have an option to bleach the shirt after sublimation.

But you get different results from both methods when you sublimate the bleached shirt and bleach after sublimation. In both methods, you get amazing design results on shirts.

Here in this guide, you will learn to bleach the shirt before sublimation. Keep in mind that bleach is a chemical, so handle it carefully with safety measurements.

How to Bleach a Shirt for Sublimation?

How to bleach a shirt for sublimation

For this purpose, you need some materials:

  • A shirt
  • Bleaching liquid
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cardboard
  • Spray bottle
  • Paintbrush

 Here are the steps to bleach and sublimate and then sublimate the shirt:

Step #1

First of all, take a shirt, but when selecting a shirt, keep in mind that all shirts are not good for bleaching. So, choose the heather colors.

It’s really easy and quick to bleach. And also focus on the polyester presence that is important for sublimation. If the shirt is 100% polyester, you will get the amazing result of sublimation.

Step #2

You have two options to bleach the shirt. You can spray the shirt and use a paintbrush for different designs and patterns.

So, fill the spray bottle carefully with bleach and don’t add water at all or take bleach in any pot and dip the paintbrush and apply bleach on the selected area for sublimation. Keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. It helps you to stop the bleaching process.

Step #3

To protect the backside of the shirt, place the cardboard inside the shirt. If you don’t place cardboard or any protective shield so the backside of the shirt will also be bleached.

Step #4

Setting the work area outside will save you from the bleaching effect in other places. To conduct the whole process of bleaching the shirt outside in the sunlight.

Place a shirt on cardboard for safety, and then spray the shirt with bleach, especially the area that you want to sublimate with your best performing sublimation printer.

Step .4

However, just a light spray of bleach will give you the light effect. After a while, you can spray more if you need. It takes very little time to bleach the shirt. While spraying the shirt, keep in mind the sublimation area and size.

Step #5 

When you get the desired bleaching result and for stopping the bleaching process, use the hydrogen peroxide and water solution equally, dip the shirt in the solution and take it out, then let the shirt dry for sublimation.

Step #6

When your bleached shirt is completely dry, then go for sublimation.


It’s winding up time, so in a very simple way, you learned how to bleach a shirt for sublimation. It’s not very difficult if you have the proper material and accessories for bleaching a shirt.

But be careful during the whole process because it is chemical and can harm you. At last, bleach your shirt and enjoy sublimation on a bleached shirt!

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