Iron HTV Application: Setup, Iron Setting and Covering
There are numerous benefits of heat transfer vinyl, or HTV, and one of these is how incredibly easy it is to apply to various fabrics or surfaces using multiple application methods. One such method that can be carried out by basically any homeowner: The application of HTV using a household iron, often in a setting that's known as "iron-on" vinyl products.
At Vinyl Outlet, we're proud to offer a wide range of heat transfer vinyl products, including HTV for fabrics, removable vinyl, permanent vinyl and many other options. A majority of our vinyl products are iron-on in nature, meaning you can use any iron in your home to apply them to any fabric surface you have in mind. If you've never applied vinyl using this method before, how is it done? This two-part blog series will go over the simple, straightforward steps to ironing on your heat transfer vinyl, plus some basic recommendations for avoiding any problems while doing so.
Set Up Your Surface and Area
First and foremost, you need to set up your workspace for pressing, which involves a few basic steps. You want to avoid the risk of any surface that will take heat away from your iron and prevent it from remaining in full contact with the target fabric for as long as possible.
For this purpose, we generally don't recommend your actual ironing board, as this is often covered in a heat-resistant material that can cause issues. Instead, use a hard, non-porous surface like a countertop, cutting board or baking sheet. If you're using a cutting board, make sure to place a towel or cloth underneath to protect it from the heat and vinyl adhesive.
Which setting should your iron be turned to? The standard answer here is the "linen" setting for most vinyl, but each different material is going to have its own ideal heat setting. Always check the application instructions for your specific HTV, look at them carefully, as they are all a bit different. Note: Do NOT use a steam setting on your iron, it will shrink and ruin the clear liner on HTV.
Make Sure Your Iron Is Clean
As with any project where you're applying something to any fabric surface, it's important that your iron be clean before you start. Any old adhesive or dirt residue can cause issues when trying to adhere the vinyl, so make sure to give it a good wipe-down before beginning.
Covering With a Heat Towel
The process for applying your vinyl will be similar to a heat press, which we'll go over in part two. This means you should be covering the HTV and garment with some kind of heat towel, teflon cover sheet, craft paper or similar item.
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In part two of our series, we'll go over the actual process of applying the vinyl. For more on how to use a household iron to apply heat transfer vinyl, or to learn about any of our vinyl materials or related services, speak to the pros at Vinyl Outlet today.