We see that direct-to-film transfers, or DTF transfers, are becoming popular. This printing process is of course done using special materials. Print printers, films and inks are especially important for DTF transfer. Good protection of these materials is therefore also very important. At this point, it is a matter of curiosity how long DTF transfers can be stored. On the other hand, one of the most curious questions is whether these deteriorate or not. In this article, we will address important issues about these printing materials.
How Long Can DTF Transfers Be Stored?
DTF transfers can usually be stored for a long time. However, for best results in printing projects, it is recommended to keep them for at least 3 months and up to 12 months. If the degradation time of the transfer materials is close, it is recommended to use them within 30 days. Therefore, there is no definitive answer on the storage time of these materials. If the storage conditions are unfavorable, short storage is recommended. Long-term storage is also possible if the storage conditions are favorable.
Where to Store DTF Transfers?
Some special materials are needed for good storage of DTF transfer materials. These materials are important for long term preservation. As they are affordable products, they do not require much cost. Below is information about the materials where DTF transfers can be stored:
Resealable bags: Ziplock bags are suitable protectors for DTF transfers as they are leak-proof and better protected from external influences. They are available in different sizes, so you can find one according to your needs. These bags are versatile as they expel excess air. They protect the transfer products from moisture and deterioration.
Silica packs: Filled with silica gel, these packs trap moisture and dry it out. They therefore provide good protection against moisture. You can use this special pack when transporting transfer materials from one place to another. It prevents the materials from being exposed to different weather conditions during the journey.
Plastic airtight containers: Plastic airtight containers are a good storage space for small, medium and large stocks. You can invest in this special container to protect transfer materials for a long time. You can find these storage spaces that serve as storage and protection in many places.
Parchment paper: This paper is one of the most commonly used materials for storing DTF transfers. It is especially suitable for storage for a month or longer. It is recommended to place a sheet between each transfer to preserve the quality and integrity of the transfers.
Does DTF or vinyl last longer?
DTF transfers last longer than vinyls. This is because heat transfer vinyls can start to peel after a few washes. Screen printing designs are also not as durable as DTF printing. Because they can fade and crack over time. Therefore, we can say that DTF transfer is the most durable of these printing techniques.
What are the Risk Factors for Storing DTF Transfers?
DTF transfers can, in some cases, deteriorate and undergo chemical changes. There are some risk factors that cause this, and they are particularly affected by environmental conditions. It is therefore necessary to store them in the correct and adequate storage space. Here are the risk factors that cause DTF printing products to deteriorate:
- Direct sunlight
- Dirt and dust
Given these risk factors, DTF transfers should be stored in a dry place away from sunlight. To prevent the films from curling, it is useful to position them flat. Another point to be aware of is to avoid stacking. It is generally better to stock small quantities, such as 50-100.