Heat Transfer Vinyl Care and Washing

Here are some tips we recommend using to guarantee the durability of your newly decorated garment.

Don’t dry clean

You should never dry clean garments decorated with Heat Transfer Vinyls. The dry cleaning process has a lot of chemicals and high temperatures that will damage your heat transfer vinyl.

Wash and dry inside out

This step is recommended for not only the intial wash, but also every wash / dry cycle after that. When washing and drying clothes, they rub against each other and can cause irritation or abrasion of the Heat Transfer Vinyls. If you wash the garments inside out, there is an extra layer of protection between your vinyl and the other clothing in the laundry.

Choose cold or warm water for washing

When washing clothing decorated with Heat Transfer Vinyls, you should never use temperatures that exceed 178 F. If the temperature of the water is too high, it can weaken the adhesive of the vinyl, causing it to peel or crack with time. We recommend washing in cold or warm water.

Use mild detergent

Any detergent that has special additives to “whiten”, “fight stains”, or “brighten colors” is going to be too harsh for your Heat Transfer Vinyls. Also, “green” detergent is typically too corrosive for heat transfer vinyl.

Dry on low or hang dry

Hang dry is the best way to dry Heat Transfer Vinyls decorated garments, but it is okay to tumble dry or use low heat. Just like with the washing process, you want to use minimal heat to protect your heat transfer vinyl. If you choose to hang dry your clothing, it will also help minimize wrinkles seen in the Heat Transfer Vinyls after washing.

Don’t iron directly on it

Just like with washing and drying, ironing can be very high temperatures, so you want to avoid ironing the garment when possible. Ironing can cause the vinyl or adhesive to melt or burn. If you must iron the shirt, make sure you are using low heat and you have a cloth or towel between the iron and transfer.

No bleach or fabric softeners

Just like with detergent, fabric softeners and bleach can be very damaging to your Heat Transfer Vinyls. We suggest NEVER using bleach or fabric softeners on your decorated garments, to ensure your transfer lasts.

If you follow these eight simple tips, your heat transfer vinyl should last the lifetime of your garment!

For more questions and tips, feel free to reach out!