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How to Remove Heat Transfer Vinyl Mistakes

Heat Transfer Vinyl, HTV, remove, mistakes

So...you made an ooops and now you want to remove heat transfer vinyl from a shirt or other fabric. While it's not meant to be removed, there is a way to remove HTV if necessary.


The secret is Goo Gone.

I'm using an old onesie and a scrap piece of HTV to demonostrate this...so here's what my onesie looked like before my HTV mistake.

Heat Transfer Vinyl, HTV, remove, mistakes, onesie

And there's my oops...

Heat Transfer Vinyl, HTV, remove, mistakes, onesie

So what you want to try to do, if possible, is to remove the HTV as soon as you realize your mistake.  First you want to re-heat the heat transfer vinyl with your iron.   Set the iron right on the vinyl to warm it up.

Heat Transfer Vinyl, HTV, remove, mistakes, glitter, onesie

If you can start picking from a corner to lift it up and peel it that's great...but most likely it's not going to budge because HTV is meant to stay put.   Now this is there the Goo Gone comes in.  Spray the Goo Gone directly onto the HTV from both the front and from the inside of the garment.

Heat Transfer Vinyl, HTV, remove, mistakes, onesie, goo goneHeat Transfer Vinyl, HTV, remove, mistakes, goo gone, onesie
Let it sit on there for a minute or so and again start trying to peel up the HTV from the corner.

Heat Transfer Vinyl, HTV, remove, mistakes, peeling, onesie

Most likely you'll only get small pieces off at a time.  If you need more Goo Gone and more heat, go for it.   I like to spray the Goo Gone and then iron the area for a few seconds before working on removing the HTV for a few minutes and then repeating.

Heat Transfer Vinyl, HTV, remove, mistakes, onesie

After you've successfully removed the HTV mistake (YAY!), I suggest washing and drying the shirt before reapplying heat transfer vinyl. 

Heat Transfer Vinyl, HTV, remove, mistakes, onesie

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