How to Get Lettering Off a Hoodie

After years of rugged wear, the vinyl lettering on your favorite sports sweatshirt is beginning to flake and chip at the edges. If the hoodie fits you well, you may not want to toss it just because of the grungy-looking lettering. With a bit of heat from an iron and some help from household cleaning products, you can scrape off unwanted lettering and leave your hoodie looking clean, new and ready to wear.

For a clean look, remove the vinyl lettering from your hooded sweatshirt. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Things You'll Need

  • Paper bag

  • Iron

  • Razor blade

  • Tweezers

  • Paper towel

  • Solvent

  • Firm-bristled brush

Step 1

Drape your sweatshirt over a flat working surface, so that the lettering is visible. Plug in your iron, and turn it to its highest setting.

Step 2

Place a square of the paper bag over the lettering. Iron over the lettering through the paper bag -- using slow, circular passes. Continue ironing for two to three minutes to help loosen the vinyl lettering from the sweatshirt's fabric.

Step 3

Remove the paper square. Peel off the lettering, using the edge of a razor blade. Then pick away at any remaining bits of the letters, using a pair of tweezers. Do not use your hands to peel away the lettering, as it will be very hot.

Step 4

Saturate a paper towel with a solvent, such as acetone or isopropyl alcohol, and dab any excess vinyl clinging to the sweatshirt. Use a firm-bristled brush to scrape away the excess vinyl.

Step 5

Launder the sweatshirt as normal.


Wield the razor blade with caution. Misuse of the blade may result in serious personal injury or damage to your sweatshirt.

Never leave the iron resting on the paper square, as this presents a fire hazard.

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