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IRON ON Labels TIPS PAGE

Here is a quick TIP guide on how to iron on NAME IT labels

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THE BASICS for most fabrics

1. Heat your iron to the cotton setting. Select DRY. No steam.  Wait for the iron to fully heat. 

2. Iron over the area of material where the label will go, to heat it up before the label. 

3  Place your label onto your garment. 

4. Iron on top of the label firmly just for a few seconds to keep it straight and in place.    Then, re-iron over the top, moving the iron around, for several more seconds and at the same time push down back and forth.  MOST modern irons have a teflon coating and easily glide over the labels. 

TIPS below for delicate materials and problems with application

Kitchen Baking Paper helps if

a) your iron is older, or has a NON TEFLON base. 
b) to protect a fabric from your hot iron, eg wool 

If your ink smudges, it means you have a very good heat on your iron. Just keep that heat but use baking paper. 
If your label wrinkles after ironing,  you have a very good heat on your iron, so as above, use baking paper and keep that heat up high. It well help to seal the label.   

NB Remember, do not use a tea towel or an ironing cloth as they will stop the heat going through.  

IMPORTANT UPDATE. Some of the newer irons have an automatic thermostat. They are regulated by their manufacturers not to heat up to COTTON (200 deg) when moved to the DRY setting. (For safety regulation) These irons don't give enough heat to seal an iron on label. Use a normal iron with COTTON or LINEN settings.  

GENERAL QUESTIONS

How long should I iron? 

  •  Depends on your material.  Press harder and longer for thick items like towels. A shorter time for light cotton eg a hanky.     Every iron is slightly different with its heat output. You will be able to see when it sticks. 

What should I do after ironing?

  • Always leave your label to cool down and set before washing - ideally 24 hours.
  • The glue in our labels will continue to set hard over the next 24 hours. But you can try to lift a corner, to make sure it is well sealed.  If not, increase your heat and re-iron directly over the top again.  Heat is the only thing needed. 

Why have my labels lifted after a few washes?

If any label lifts after a few washes, you need to re-iron them with a higher heat.  It means the temperature of your iron, when you first ironed it, wasn't enough to fully activate the glue. See other reasons above. 

Should I throw out a label that comes off in the wash?

Even a label from the bottom of the washing machine, can usually be re-used and will iron on correctly with enough heat and application as above.   Dry your garment thoroughly.  Re-iron it on with a higher heat than before and press hard.  Use baking paper if your iron is very hot.  Heat is good.  

How do I iron labels onto socks? 

We suggest placing the label onto the sole of the foot. Heel to toe. (Against the stretch)   Once again, iron the sock first, to heat it up.  Place the label heel to toe. Iron directly on top of the label, (if you have a teflon, modern iron ) by pressing hard for a second to keep it in place, and then running the iron over it pressing hard. You can use baking paper if it's a wool sock but keep the heat up for a good seal. 

For socks you could use the shorter length iron on or just cut or trim your standard one down.   (You can ask us to split a standard pack of iron on eg for a 100 pack, ask us to print 80 standard length and 20 short length. Write this in the comment section of your order.)

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I've ironed my label exactly as per instructions and they looked good, but on the first wash they fell off!!
What type of iron do you have? 

Do you maybe have an auto thermostat iron? Sometimes called  "Optimal Technology". They are great irons for steam ironing clothes but when you switch the steam off the temperature automatically lowers, and it is not possible to heat it up high enough to seal an iron on label.   If you only have an "auto" iron, you cannot use iron on labels. 

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Why are Name It Iron On Labels unique?

...because you can iron right on top of the NAME IT iron on label at any time as they are made from a soft blend of cotton/polyester.  Other iron on labels on the market have a plastic surface and you can't iron straight over them.  This makes NAME IT labels easier to handle when ironing an item of clothing after washing and drying. 

We use a special material for use in commercial washing situations and driers.  

The only fabric our iron on labels will not stick to is nylon.  But materials that are a blend of nylon and polyester are alright. 

 

Thank you for the wonderful support and feedback we get from you all! 

See our feedback comments on the iron on label page. These labels really work.  We have been selling our labels all round Australia for over 20 years. 

If you have any other questions please email info@nameitlabels.com.au