Step by Step Guide on Attaching and Removing Iron on Patches

One of the advantages of using iron on patches is that it can stick to the fabric easily. Removing the patches is also possible by exposing the patch to heat and using an adhesive remover.

If you are looking for a step by step guide in properly attaching and removing iron on patches, this is the perfect material for you.

How to Attach

Iron on patchesThere are two methods to attach iron on patches. The first one is by using traditional iron and the other one is by using heat seal machine.

•    By Iron:

1.    Heat up the iron by turning it to the highest setting. This is to ensure that the iron is hot enough to melt the adhesive on the patches. It is also important not to turn on the steam of the iron.

2.    Prepare the patch and the material. It is better to lay the cloth or garment over a hard surface such as counter top or a table. Using an ironing board may not be helpful because there is a tendency for the adhesive to dissolve into the soft surface of the ironing board.

3.    Position the patch properly on the surface of the material you are using. You can use an extra cloth or Teflon sheets to separate the layers of the materials.

For example, if you are using a T-shirt, better put Teflon sheets in between the two layers so as to avoid the adhesive from sticking to the other side of the shirt.

4.    Protect the patch from the heat by using handkerchief or Teflon sheet on the surface of the patch.

5.    Press the iron down the surface for 40-45 seconds. Make sure that you apply sufficient pressure so that the heat can successfully permeate into the patch and the adhesive is melted.

Avoid doing the back and forth movement of iron during this process. Remember that the purpose is to use this extreme high temperature from the iron only. You are not supposed to iron the area the usual way of moving back and forth because this will only cause the adhesive to scatter around the area of the patch.

6.    Test if the patch is securely attached to the fabric. This can only be done once the patch has cooled down.

By Heat Seal Machine:

1.    Heat up the seal machine to 350 degrees to 375 degrees.

2.    Use an extra cloth to cover the surface of the patch. This is to make certain that the extreme heat won’t damage the patch.

3.    Using medium pressure, push down the machine into the surface of the patch for 20 seconds (350 degrees) or 15 seconds (375 degrees).

4.    To make sure that the adhesive has fully melted, turn the material inside-out such that the surface of the back of the patch is exposed. Press down the machine again for 15-20 seconds.

5.    Let the patches cool before checking if the patch is attached successfully.

How to Remove

Sometimes, you may decide to change the design of the patch. Fortunately, it is also possible to remove iron on patches without creating severe damage. The secret is by using sufficient heat to melt the adhesive and then using a strong adhesive remover to get rid of the residue.

1.    Set the iron to medium setting.

2.    Press down the iron and wait until the adhesive has fully softened. You may observe at this point that some parts of the patch start to peel away from the material. Continue doing this until the patch has entirely been removed from the fabric.

3.    Apply an adhesive remover for a patch that won’t easily come off. To check if the fabric can handle the remover, apply a small amount on the edge of the fabric first.

4.    Apply adhesive remover on the chosen area and let it sit for 3-4 minutes.

5.    Wipe and remove the residue using a clean cloth.
That’s it! Now you are ready to start attaching your iron on patches!

Author Bio:Iron on patches come in different plans, shapes and sizes. They are even accessible for customization. They are firm in light of their cement side.