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Reactive printing is the definition for a method in which the layer of applied ink, which consists of reactive dyes, a binder, and specific heat-activated additives, is steamed and then washed in order for it to set properly. Reactive printing allows retailers to reach vibrant and accurate colors that remain durable following usage, outdoor exposure, and more. It is the reaction of the reactive ink to the heat that creates the high-quality results of this printing process, one reason that reactive printing has become a popular method for printing on cotton garments.
Normally, this printing process would require a fabric pre-treatment that involves expensive chemicals and quite a bit of time. However, Kornit offers a single-step digital printing solution that eliminates the need for any additional steps before or after the steaming procedure, which are usually needed in order to fix the print. This is yet another example of how digital textile printing improves screen printing techniques and makes them faster and more cost-efficient.