1. Let your vinyl sit without washing for at least 24 hours. Vinyl needs time to cure. The adhesive on heat transfer vinyl is activated by heat. This heat allows the adhesive to sink down into the fibers of your shirts, bags, pants, etc. After application, the adhesive needs time to harden and cool without interruption. If you take that shirt and immediately throw it into the washer and dryer, there’s a good chance the vinyl could peel or crack.
2. Do not dry clean. Vinyl should never be dry cleaned. The harsh temperature and chemicals that are used during dry clean just do not mix well with vinyl.
3. Wash, dry and iron garments inside out. By turning the shirts, pillowcases, etc inside out, you’re giving the vinyl a layer of protection during the wash. While washing and drying clothes, they’re rubbing up against each other and that abrasion during washing can cause your vinyl to peel prematurely. Just like you never iron directly to the vinyl when applying, you won’t ever want to do that after laundering. The high heat on the vinyl will melt or burn the adhesive. Regardless, ironing directly on vinyl is a great way to ruin your garment. If you must iron, rather do it inside out.
4. Choose cold water when you wash your garment. High temperatures can weaken the adhesive on the vinyl which can cause the vinyl to peel or crack.
5. Dry on a low/tumble setting or hang dry. Just like when washing, you won’t want to dry your personalized garments on high heat. If you stick with tumble dry or low heat, you should be good to go. If possible, you can hang dry your garments for best results. Air-dry will minimize any wrinkles you see in vinyl after washing.