Have you ever experienced heat transfer vinyl (HTV) peeling off a T-shirt or having bubbles just after applying the T-shirt? Maybe you think it will adhere properly, but after washing it a few times, you find that the heat transfer vinyl peels off. Do you know why your heat transfer vinyl peeling after washing. I will discuss the causes of HTV peeling off and the measures needed to solve the problem.
Why is my heat transfer vinyl peeling after washing?
The main reason for HTV peeling or bubbles may be the incorrect peeling method. There are always two methods available for this process, they are hot peeling and cold peeling. Do you peel the vinyl liner when the vinyl is hot, or wait for it to cool down? Which method is correct? As always, it's best to check the vinyl record instructions.
This means you can remove it from the object when it feels warm to the touch, which is the easiest way. Please note that do not perform this operation at high temperatures, otherwise you may get injured.
If you let it cool completely, it should still work, because most vinyls will take longer to remove.
The warm peel has a liner, and the back of the liner is sticky.
This time, you have no choice but to wait until the object has completely cooled down before peeling off the liner. If you don't wait, the object is likely to warp, blister, peel off or even stretch.
Cold peel type vinyl will not have a sticky liner.
These are other possible reasons for your peeling problem.
Make sure to follow the instructions
All vinyls come with instructions. Just follow them to get the best results. It is important to set the time, temperature and pressure settings correctly to properly comply with HTV.
Of course, if you use an iron, it is difficult to put pressure on a large design.
This is why we prefer to use a heat press instead of an iron, because then you can set and control these settings.
You should also consider the surface on which the T-shirt is placed.
Do not use stone, granite or other surfaces that will absorb the heat generated by iron. In addition, do not use ironing boards or other surfaces that cannot continue to apply firm pressure.
If you use an iron, please remember the following tips.
Use cotton settings.
Do not use steam.
When applying, do not place the hole at the bottom of the iron on top of the vinyl.
When pressing down the iron, apply as much pressure as possible.
15 to 20 seconds should be enough to complete this operation.
Did you know that matching the vinyl type to the correct fabric type is important? So, first, check the label on the shirt to see the texture of the shirt. Next, use the list below to see if you are using the correct type of vinyl for your shirt.
Nylon: Most craft enthusiasts like to use nylon shirts, which means you need to buy heat transfer vinyl for nylon.
Spandex: If you are using spandex, you should use Vinyl which likes to stick to spandex.
Other types: For shirts made of cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blends, etc., the safest choice is HTVRONT Vinyl.
The presence of buttons, collars, thick seams and zippers
The raised area will definitely affect the placement of the HTV and the subsequent pressure applied.
Consider using heat transfer pillows to solve these problems. Otherwise, please avoid these areas temporarily, especially for beginners.
The heat transfer pillow is a soft foam square, completely enclosed in a non-stick fabric. They are used to make buttons, pockets, collars, thick seams and zippers absorbed by these pillows. This will enable you to apply consistent pressure during the HTV process. The way it works is to insert these pillows into these raised surfaces. This will allow consistent pressure to be applied.
You can also use heat transfer pillows on backpacks, polo shirts, belted hoodies, belted sweatpants or hoodie pockets.
Check fabric coating
Fabrics with special coatings (such as waterproof and flame-retardant fabrics) can cause problems on HTV. The reason for this is that the vinyl sticks only to the fibers, and any excess will prevent the vinyl from functioning properly.
Use fabric softener
The fabric softener adds a layer of coating between the fibers of the garment. As mentioned earlier, coatings can cause HTV complications. You can solve this problem by avoiding pre-washing clothes, or at least don't use fabric softeners.
Check the heat press
I suggest you check the heat press regularly to make sure it is working properly. It is known that there are some hot presses, and cold spots or hot spots often appear inside.
You must know where these locations are immediately so that you can contin if possible. Otherwise, please repair this heat press or use a temperature gun to check these spots.
In some cases, the heating element in the heat press has just stopped working normally. If this happens, you must consider buying a new one.
There are other possible reasons for this. It is very important for you to understand all these things so that you can avoid this error because it will waste your extra time and money. If an error occurs here, consider using vinyl letters to remove the solvent.
How to remove heat transfer vinyl from the T-shirt?
Three separate methods can be effectively used to remove this heat transfer vinyl from T-shirts. They are:
By using chemical solvents
By direct heating and steam
By using iron
Will the iron fall off when washing letters?
This will happen more in the dryer because the heat inside the machine can soften the fusible used in decorative applications. It is possible that these items were not properly cleaned before adding the design to the garment.