Heat transfer vinyl is not something you can do without, no matter how skilled you are with heat press machines.
Fortunately, it is possible to remove heat transfer vinyl, or HTV, from shirts and other materials, isn’t as difficult as you may think.
It’s easy to remove HTV from a shirt. You’ll start by heating the inside of the shirt with your iron.
Next, remove the HTV from your material using tweezers. You may still need to clean up some residue after removing it, but that’s the easiest part of the process.
To help you fix those pesky mistakes, we’ll go over a few simple steps that you can follow to remove any unwanted HTV from your T-shirts, hoodies, and other garments.
What is the best way to get rid of HTV on a shirt?
For removing vinyl, you’ll need the following supplies:
- A pair of sharp scissors, penknife, and razor.
- A pair of tweezers
- An electric iron capable to reach high temperatures
- Drinking alcohol
- Petroleum jelly
- Goo Gone, or a comparable commercial product designed for removing glue residue and sticky adhesive stains
Step-by step process to remove HTV from a shirt
Step 1: Preheat Your Iron
Assuming you made an error on a cotton or linen material, you’ll want to set your iron to its hottest temperature.
If you’re fixing an HTV mistake on a T-shirt made from mostly synthetic fabrics, you’ll have to choose a lower temperatureAvoid wearing it as heat can cause damage to the shirt.
Near the heating guide, most irons will have one. temperature The dial will tell how hot the iron should be for each material. If you don’t know what the dial means, refer to the instruction manual.
Step 2: Heat the inside of the shirt with the iron
Although this can be difficult, heat the inside of the shirt to fix the problem.
Heat directly on the HTV’s surface will cause it to fuse to your shirt.
If you’re placing the iron inside of the shirt, you’ll need to be cautious, as this can lead to burns if you’re not careful.
REMEMBER: Place the shirt with the HTV on it in the iron’s heat plate. To make the shirt fabric more flexible, heat it underneath the HTV. This will make it easier for you to remove the HTV without leaving behind adhesive residue.
Step 3: Pull the HTV out of the shirt with your Tweezers
Once the shirt is heated and the HTV has hopefully been released, you will be able to attempt to remove the mistake.
In most cases, pulling steady and firmly will yield better results that picking at the HTV mistake.
After the HTV mistake pulls away from the shirt’s outer surface, you can use one of these techniques to remove it.
Use your scissors, penknife, razor blade or penknife to carefully trim the HTV. You should cut as close as you can to the edge to avoid making a mistake.
It is best to start at the top of the unwanted HTV, and then cut in a downwards direction. This motion can be tricky because you may need to tug at the mistake while holding the tweezer in your hand and then carefully cut with the hand that holds the cutting device.
Continue heating the shirt’s inner side with your household iron. This will make the whole process easier and will ensure that the HTV mistake is less likely to be made.
If heat transfer or iron-on Vinyl is visible on your blade or scissors, you can use rubbing alcohol on a cloth or paper towel to remove it.
KEEP THINKING Sharp objects can cause injuries so be careful.
If you tried to take away the HTV design If you are still having trouble getting rid of it all, you might consider a chemical solvent.WARNING: If used incorrectly, chemical cleaners could cause damage to the fabric.
Goo Gone or any similar product such as acetone, adhesive removal or nail polish remover will help to remove excess HTV residue from your shirt. These chemical solvents break down the HTV-fabric bond.
You should wait until the shirt cools down before applying Goo Gone or similar products. Heat and residue solvents can cause stains.
If you don’t have access to Goo Gone or a comparable alternative, you can try using petroleum jelly, which loosens the bond between the heat transfer vinyl and the fabric.
To rub the petroleum jelly into HTV, use a circular motion. This can cause it to clump and then loosen. Once this happens, rinse your shirt in very hot water using a mild detergent.
This can cause damage to the shirt, just like the previous option., so you should practice extreme caution, especially if it’s a shirt you plan on selling to a paying customer.
Step 4: Clean up the Area and Get Rid of Any Remaining Residue
Now that you’ve removed the bulk of the HTV mistake, you can begin to clean up any evidence that the stain was ever there.
This is usually done by simply combing the area with your tweezer in order to remove any HTV.
You must wash your shirt if you used any of the chemicals to remove the HTV error. Use a mild laundry detergent and ensure that the shirt is turned inside out before you place it in the washer.
If you plan to sell the shirt and don’t want to wash it, you can spot wash the specific segment where the mistake was using a mild detergent and warm water.
If you need to re-press your design on the shirt, you should wait at least 12 hours to ensure that it’s dry before you place it into your heat press.
Avoid using a dryer. Leaving the shirt to dry naturally will reduce the chance of making a mistake.
You should now know how to remove HTV in a shirt in just a few steps.
This step-by-step process will allow you to correct your error without causing any visible damage to the shirt.
As with anything, practice is important, so don’t get too discouraged if you make mistakes and struggle to remove HTV stains the first few times you try.