Sometimes you may want to remove an iron on patch from a garment. Maybe you have outgrown the patch, or maybe you just want to change the look of your clothing. Whatever the reason may be, we have put together a guide on how to remove iron on patches in the easiest and most effective way possible!
As Iron-on patches are put on to cloth with a heat-activated or “fusible” adhesive they can be hard to remove. This is why when heated to detach sometimes it can leave behind ugly glue residue after removal. Fortunately, there are a few methods for getting rid of them.
Three tricks to do it:
Remove your patches using an iron
Using Adhesive remover
Getting rid of the residues (Tips)
How To Remove Iron on Patches with an Iron? (Works for cotton shirts and denim)
The most common way to remove an iron on patch is by using a household iron. Before starting, make sure that your patch is completely dry. If it is not, the adhesive will not come off. Here are the steps:
Total Time Needed :
from $0.00 to around $36.00
USD (you most probably will find all the required tools at home, so you won’t spend a cent.)
– Common Home Iron (Alternatively you can use a Heat Press, a Steamer, a hair dryer, or even a heat gun or heat blower) Price: $16.99 – Wax paper / Thin piece of cloth / Rag. Price: (around) $10 – Ironing board or towel (you surely have one at home) Free – Tweezers $10
– You will need a power source where to plug your home iron.
Step by step method to remove Iron On Patches with an Iron:
Set up an iron-on patching removal station or place a protective towel over flat surface to protect your item from scorching
Turn on high setting appropriate for fabric you will be working on
Put wax paper over the patched area if necessary so that hot steam doesn’t damage it too much before proceeding further! You can also use a thin piece of fabric instead of wax paper.
For at least 15 seconds, hold the iron against the paper or cloth. Remove the top and inspect the patch and the fabric. Check out: A.- If the hot iron have damaged the fabric: discard this method and use an Adhesive Remover B.- Using tweezers, (or your fingers if it is not that hot) try to pull away the patch from the edges. If the heat have softened the adhesive try pull it away. If it is still sticky, repeat inicial steps, heat again for 15 seconds and try over and over until it is done.
After removing, you will probably had to deal with a thin film of glue that is still attached to your clothes. In order to get rid of these remains skip to How to remove Iron On Patches Glue
How To Remove Iron on Patches using Fabric-Safe Adhesive Remover?
Warning: test first that your fabric won’t be damaged by the adhesive remover. To do this find a little part of the garment (preferebly an unvisible part of it) and put on it just a couple of drops of the liquid you bought. If after a few minutes the fabric gets discoulored discard this method. Otherwise, continue with the following steps:
Step by step method to remove Iron On Patches using Adhesive remover:
Turn the garment or bag inside out to locate the part of the fabric that is behind the patch.
Spread the adhesive remover over the fabric surrounding the patch while working in a sink, pour it or spray it over the cloth. With your hands or rag, massage the liquid into the cloth.
Try to lift the patch away. If it is still sticky apply more adhesive remover until you can take it off.
If when finishing you find glue residues try the next tricks to get rid of them.
How to remove Iron on Patches glue residues?
1.- With an old toothbrush, scrub the stubborn residues. 2.- Wash it in a washing machine 3.- Try with a home made adhesive remover, by mixing up 2/3 baking soda with 1/3 coconut oil along wigth some drops of orange essential oil.
Warning: Place it in the dryer only after the stain has been entirely eliminated. This may cause the stain to set, making it more difficult to remove.
How to remove patches from leather?
Iron-on patches do not adhere to leather for long. As a result, rather of allowing the glue to work, people prefer to sew patches onto leather jackets. Using heat to remove a stitched patch from leather is never a good idea because it leaves marks on the material that ruins its look. Heat may be used, but the patch will take the finish with it when it comes off. So, for this purpose, the finest option is to utilize an exceptional adhesive remover like this.
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