It's a common mistake i'm sure we have all made at one point or another. The why won't this htv stick to my shirt and what am I doing wrong. While this can be frustrating don't lose hope this is a mistake that can be fixed. No need to lose money on both a shirt and vinyl.
Blank shirts thankfully are inexpensive but nobody wants to throw out a shirt because of a small mistake. Follow these steps and I will show you how to save your shirt.
Gather Your Supplies Luckily removing htv is only a couple of supplies you may already have around your home:
Turn That Iron Up TO High Heat
Let's crank that iron up tp the highest heat for the cotton setting if made from cotton or linen. If the material differs then set it to that setting. The iron needs to be as hot as possible be careful not to melt the garmet your saving.
Apply Heat to the Design
Once your iron is hot place the shirt design faced down. You wanna be able to put the iron in the shirt from the inside so instead of pressing the design on your shirt your backwards pressing it off. Pull the fabric as tight as you can. Be careful and avoid burning yourself.
Try to Remove the Design
Using your scissors, craft knife or razor blade, use a gentle sweeping motion to pick the HTV away from the shirt. Start at the top of the design and be careful not to cut the fabric. The vinyl will likely come off in chunks rather than all at once. Just keep picking!
As the vinyl heats up, it will likely become easier to peel away. Once you notice this, use your tweezers to grab the HTV and pull it away from the fabric. Do not use your fingers as doing so could result in serious injuries. If your tools get sticky in the process, clean the residue off using rubbing alcohol.
With any luck, you should be able to remove the entire design with this method. If you are struggling or have residue left behind, you may need to try the next step.
Use Goo Gone or Petroleum JellyStubborn HTV may require a bit more effort to remove. If most of the vinyl has come off, but there is still residue on the shirt, using Goo Gone or petroleum jelly should do the trick to remove it. When using petroleum jelly, rub a small amount into the adhesive stain and then add a sensitive detergent. Rub in a circular motion until the adhesive begins to clump up. Then, rinse the shirt using the hottest water recommended on the tag. Repeat the process until all of the residue has come off.
If you’d rather use Goo Gone, simply rub the product into the stain until the adhesive comes off. Repeat as needed and rinse thoroughly.
Wash and Dry
Once all of the vinyl and residue has come off, turn the shirt inside out and wash it according to the laundering instructions on the tag. When the shirt is clean and dry, you’re ready to reapply vinyl.
Whether you’re customizing wholesale crewneck sweatshirts, t-shirts or hoodies, the methods outlined above should be effective for removing HTV and fixing mistakes. If you are finding your shirts aren’t looking quite right when you apply designs, consider learning more about logo placement on shirts to ensure your finished products come out looking flawless. And if you are interested in gaining a better understanding of how heat transfer vinyl works in the first place, check out this analysis of the dye transfer mechanism in heat transfer printing.