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How long will my heat transfer last?

Many customers ask how long will my screen-printed heat transfers last?

When screen-printed heat transfers are applied properly, they can last a very long time. There are several things to consider before answering what seems to be a simple question.

Each garment or fabric is manufactured with unique content. For example, some fabrics are basic 100% cotton, while others may be blended using cotton and polyester or several other yarns. We manufacture heat transfers for specific fabric types. Some of our transfers work on multiple fabric types and some may apply, but may not be suitable to wash on unintended fabrics.

We recommend you follow the supplied transfer application instructions for each formula.

Varsity Formula (Our most versatile transfer formula)

Recommended for

  • 100% Polyester
  • 50/50 Cotton Poly blends
  • 60/40 Cotton Poly blends
  • 100% Cotton

Recommended Heat Press Machines

  • Hix N880, HT400, HT600,S650, SM20
  • Hotronix, Fusion, Maxx
  • Geo Knight, Auto, Clam, Swing. *Must be able to provide 50 PSI
  • Insta Heat Machines

Application Instructions:

  1. Preheat Garment if necessary to remove excess moisture
  2. Temperature: 325°F / 163°C
  3. Time: 7 - 10 seconds
  4. Pressure: 50- 60 PSI

Washing Instructions:

Allow 24 - 48 hours to allow the garment to completely cure before machine wash. Wash inside out in cold water. Tumble dry low heat.

Classic Formula

Recommended for

  • 100% Cotton
  • 80% Cotton / 20% Poly
  • 50% Cotton / 50% Poly

Recommended Heat Press Machines

  • Hix N880, HT400, HT600,S650, SM20
  • Hotronix, Fusion, Maxx
  • Geo Knight, Auto, Clam, Swing. *Must be able to provide 50 PSI
  • Insta Heat Machines
  • **We do not recommend “Bargain type” heat machines found on Amazon (typically cost less than $500)

Application Instructions:

  1. Preheat Garment if necessary to remove excess moisture
  2. Temperature: 375°F / 191°C
  3. Time: 7 - 10 seconds
  4. Pressure: 50- 60 PSI

Washing Instructions:

Allow 24 - 48 hours to allow the garment to completely cure before machine wash. Wash inside out in cold water. Tumble dry low heat.

Stretch Formula

Recommended for

  • 90% Cotton / 10% Spandex or Lycra
  • 100% Cotton
  • 80% Cotton / 10% Polyester / 10% Spandex or Lycra

Recommended Heat Press Machines

  • Hix N880, HT400, HT600,S650, SM20
  • Hotronix, Fusion, Maxx
  • Geo Knight, Auto, Clam, Swing. *Must be able to provide 50 PSI
  • Insta Heat Machines
  • **We do not recommend “Bargain type” heat machines found on Amazon (typically cost less than $500)

Application Instructions:

  1. Preheat Garment if necessary to remove excess moisture
  2. Temperature: 300°F / 149°C
  3. Time: 7 - 10 seconds
  4. Pressure: 50- 60 PSI

Washing Instructions:

Allow 24 - 48 hours to allow the garment to completely cure before machine wash. Wash inside out in cold water. Tumble dry low heat.

Disclaimer

We can not guarantee any heat transfers washability due to the fact there is no way to prove our product was applied and washed properly according to our recommended guidelines. Our products are purchased from many major retailers who do their own testing before accepting our products. Many of these clients require a minimum washability test of 60 washes.

Transfer Storage

Your custom screen-printed transfers are made with Plastisol inks which can last for many months if maintained in a climate controlled environment. We recommend you keep the unused transfers in the cellophane wrapping and stored in a cool dry place. Do not store over 75°F or below 32°F for any length of time.  Avoid sunlight and store away from any heat.