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How to Remove Iron-on Transfers

Updated February 21, 2017

Iron-on transfers allow you to customise your own clothing and other cloth items. Unfortunately, getting the transfers to stick correctly can be a battle at times. Rather than start with a new piece of clothing after a transfer mistake, try removing the crooked or peeling transfer to start again with a new transfer. This can also be done with an item of clothing that has old, peeling, or faded transfers.

Heat an iron to the highest heat setting without steam.

Lay an old towel over an ironing board and lay the clothing item over the towel, transfer side down.

Iron directly over the back of the transfer, pressing the front of the transfer firmly into the towel. This will lift the transfer from the clothing and place it instead on the towel. Check every minute to see if the transfer has been removed.

Remove the clothing from the towel once the transfer has been removed. Place it back down onto a clean area of the towel and repeat the ironing process to remove any leftover residue.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Old towel
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About the Author

Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.