How to remove an iron-on transfer

Written by isaiah david
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There is nothing more frustrating than seeing one of your favourite garments ruined by one of your least-favourite transfers. Whether you are trying to remove the numbers from a comfy jersey for a team you don't like anymore, or simply trying to get rid of the faded, peeling lettering from a second-hand shirt, getting rid of iron-on transfers can breathe new life into old clothing. Here are the steps to take to get rid of the transfer, ranging from mildest to harshest. Start at the beginning and keep trying new things until the transfer is gone.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Iron
  • Ironing table
  • Parchment
  • Goo Gone
  • Cotton swab
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hot water
  • Lint brush
  • Toothbrush

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  1. 1

    Run the shirt under the hottest water you can stand and scrub it with a stiff-bristled toothbrush. If that doesn't work, try using a lint brush like the one linked to below. Be careful to not rub too hard if the fabric is delicate.

  2. 2

    Dry the shirt. Then, dab the back of the transfer with rubbing alcohol on the tip of a cotton swab. Rub the transfer with your finger or a brush. If the transfer starts to come off, reapply the rubbing alcohol and keep peeling.

  3. 3

    Soak the transfer in Goo Gone or a similar cleaner. Then, peel the transfer off with your fingers.

  4. 4

    Iron off the transfer. Slightly moisten the transfer from the back, then put it face up on an ironing table. Cover it with a sheet of parchment and iron it on the cotton setting. Peel off the parchment. The transfer should come off with it.

Tips and warnings

  • Sometimes, the transfer comes off easily, but leaves a lot of glue behind. If that happens, repeat whatever worked to get the transfer off and scrub vigorously.

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