How to Fix Peeling Ink on Shirts

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A common household tool is the answer to your problem.
A common household tool is the answer to your problem. (Image: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Printed shirts offer more possibilities than shirts designed with specialty fabric or colored thread. Shirts designed with inks are cheaper and versatile, especially homemade shirts. Iron-on transfers create customized shirts and can be made using your home computer and printer. The ink from iron-on transfers is subjected to normal wear-and-tear from repeated washes. As a result, the ink may start to peel from the corners of the print. You can save the shirt from the garbage with the use of an iron and wax paper. Fix the peeling ink from the shirt as soon as possible, before it's too late.

Things You'll Need

  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Wax paper

Plug in an iron. Set the iron at the highest temperature setting. Preheat for five minutes.

Iron wrinkles out of the shirt. Place a sheet of wax paper over the peeling ink.

Press down firmly on the iron using both hands. Iron over the wax paper and peeling ink, keeping the iron moving over the wax paper from side to side.

Iron over the wax paper for approximately three minutes for a full-page (8 1/2 by 11 inches), a minute and a half for a half-page and 45 seconds for a quarter-page image. Go over the corners and edges of the image again.

Prevent further peeling by turning the shirt inside-out prior to washing in cold water. Dry the repaired shirt on low heat only.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use a steam setting on your iron.

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