Can DTF Transfers Be Ironed On?

DTF printing is a technique that uses high heat to print on clothing, wood or glass materials. Special inks and films are used for this technique, which offers high-resolution and permanent printing. It is among the most preferred in the printing industry as it offers durable printing solutions.  It is among the curious ones whether iron is used in this transfer technique. In this content, we will answer this question in detail.

Can I Use an Iron for DTF Printing?

DTF printing is one of the most versatile printing techniques. Revolutionizing the textile industry, this printing technology has become popular.  There are many misunderstandings and highly curious questions about this printing technique. One of these questions is whether DTF transfers can be applied to the fabric with an iron. Ironing is suitable for DTF printing because of its high temperature. Using an iron is preferred because it saves time and makes the prints durable.

DTF Transfers Made with Iron 

DTF printing is one of the techniques used for business or individual preferences. This iron-on transfer offers personalized clothing and promotional products. This printing method, which is especially preferred by small businesses, enables businesses to grow. Especially for businesses, DTF prints are preferred for the following purpose:

  • For small or medium-sized businesses to get their message across,
  • To produce sports equipment with different and eye-catching symbols,
  • To make custom clothing and authentic wood designs,
  • To inspire textile designers,
  • To design customized keepsakes or outfits for weddings, engagements and special celebration invitations.

What are the Instructions for Making DTF Transfer with an Iron?

It is also possible to apply DTF printing with an iron. It is even easier and more practical if you are doing this printing application at home. So how can we make DTF transfer with an iron? You can refer to the steps below to apply this printing method with an iron:

  • First of all, take your time and put the transfer film on which your design is printed on the desired part of your garment.
  • Select the specific setting for the material you are going to apply the print to and start heating the iron. If you are applying it to a shirt, the temperature should not be too high. You can increase the temperature for materials such as cotton, linen and denim.
  • Before pressing the iron into your garment, tuck parchment paper or a sheet protector between them. Then press the iron, which heats up sharply.
  • Let your transfer rest for at least 15-30 seconds to cool down.
  • After it has cooled down, you can peel it gently, starting from one corner. In this process, you should use not only your hands but also your eyes very well. Because this is the most difficult part of the job.
  • If you notice that it is not sticking, do not peel it and apply the iron pressing process once again.
  • If the heat pressing does not work, you can apply it once more, this time increasing the heat.
  • After applying the last heat with parchment paper, you have reached the end of the pressing stage. Applying heat one last time increases the durability and brightness of the print. However, this should only be done if the previous process was successful.

The application of DTF transfer with an iron generally takes place in these stages. Another instruction to be considered at this point is washing. It is best to wash the garment inside out to prevent damage to these prints. After washing, it should not be thrown into the dryer and should be hung to dry.

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