Washing instructions for vinyl printed clothing.
Nothing shortens the life of a heat transfer graphic faster than improper washing and drying of the garment. To ensure optimal durability, you should follow these few simple rules.
• To protect the heat transfer applique from abrasion as garments rub together during the wash cycle, turn the garment inside out.
• Wash the garment at low or warm water temperature settings. • Use a mild detergent. Never use chlorine bleach.
Drying Garments with Heat Transfers.
The high heat in driers can cause much more damage to heat applied graphics than washing. To prevent heat damage to appliques, follow these tips:
• To protect the image from abrasion as garments rub against each other, turn it inside out.
• Tumble dry on the low temperature setting. (So clothes can actually tumble as they dry, never overstuff the drier. This practice will also minimize wrinkles.)
• Don’t overdry your clothes. Remove clothes from the dryer while they are slightly damp. Put clothes on hangers for final drying. Better yet, hang your clothes to dry on an old-fashioned clothes line. (Do not hang garments outside in the sun to dry or the UV light will accelerate the fading process.)
Ironing Garments with Heat Transfers.
When ironing a garment decorated with a heat vinyl transfer, turn the garment inside out or cover the graphic with cotton cloth. If a hot iron touches the vinyl it will likely melt the graphic!
If after washing, vinyl does lift away from the garment, turn the garment inside out or cover the graphic with cotton cloth and iron on a high, steam free setting.