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8 Tips for Laundering Your Heat Transfer Garments

washing-heat-transfer-vinyl-garmentsDo you give your customers washing instructions for the garments they buy from you?If you don’t already, you should! If they follow the laundering directions, then you are more likely to be providing them with something that they will have for quite a long time. That means they will remember your quality of product and potentially reorder!

Read over these tips below for guidelines on washing, drying, and caring for shirts and garments made with cut-only and printable heat transfer vinyl materials.

  1. Do not wash any garments that have been heat printed with vinyl for at least 24 hours following application. The adhesives are activated by the heat of your press which “melts” the adhesive into the fabric. The adhesive needs time to harden again without interruption. This ensures the graphic is durable.
  2. Do not dry clean any heat applied graphics. They just aren’t cut out for the harshness of dry cleaning.
  3. Turn the garment inside out before washing. This protects the graphic (especially if it’s a printed graphic) from abrasions and damage as other items in the wash rub together during the cycle.
  4. Choose cold or warm water temperature settings for the wash. You don’t want the water to exceed temperatures of 178 degrees Fahrenheit. High temperatures can weaken the adhesives.
  5. Use a mild detergent. Do not use any “green” detergents. We also recommend that you stray from whiteners, bleach, fabric softeners, or any aggressive cleaning solutions.
  6. Dry on a low heat/tumble setting or hang dry. Just like in the wash, you don’t want to exceed temps of 178 degrees. With that being said, stick to tumble dry settings or low heat settings. If possible, hang dry for the best results. Hang drying will minimalize wrinkles and potential heat damage.
  7. Check individual material washing directions! This is important as some specialty materials may have limitations that standard heat transfer vinyl may not. Sensitive materials may only be able to be washed by hand.
  8. Do not iron directly on a heat transfer design. Doing so will never end well. The high heat will either melt the vinyl or burn the adhesive. Both will ruin the garment. If you absolutely must iron the garment, place a dish towel or cloth over the transfer and iron on a LOW heat setting. 

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