Removing screen printing from polyester clothes has become a popular question. The reason is they are being used widely due to their easy affordability.
You can use several methods to take off screen printing from your polyester clothes.
- Dish Detergent
This method is the most suitable method to remove designs from polyester. First, you need to wash the cloth using lukewarm water. Or water that is not too hot. After, apply some dish detergent or dish soap to the design. You need to do this while the cloth is still wet. Now, it is time for you to use a rough brush. Use that to scrape off the design.
What if Dish Detergent Doesn’t Work?
What are the Alternatives?
Polyester has plastic components in it. Therefore, you must put special care into removing designs from polyester. Methods like ironing and striping off don’t work on polyester. And also, strong chemicals react fast on polyester garments. Consequently, it will damage the clothes.
But for your information, we will explore several alternatives to remove screen printing from polyester.
- Acetone/Nail Polish Remover
Both of these ingredients have chemicals. They can remove even old ink designs. This method is the most effective. Because of that, a lot of people use this method.
If you intend to buy acetone, you need to be extra careful. Acetone, unlike nail polish remover, has stronger chemicals. You need to be very cautious when you use these methods.
However, find out whether your cloth contains more than 50% polyester. If it contains more than 50% of polyester, please skip this method. However, you don’t need to worry if the fabric is cotton or denim.
- Spotting Fluid
Chemical solvents are used for this method as well. Hence, it is doubtful whether this is suitable for the removal of designs on polyester.
- Plastisol Remover
This method, too, is a strong solvent. Even you need to protect yourself from this substance. Therefore, we don’t recommend this method to remove printed designs from polyester.
- Iron and strip off
This method also is not recommended. It is intuitive for anyone that polyester melts at high temperatures.
- Wash Until the Design Fades Away
Indeed, this method does not work as quickly as other tips. And the other thing is that all the printed patterns vanish with time. This method just accelerates that process. For this method to be successful, you need to perform a particular number of washings. Usually, the design remains immaculate until you finish 50 times of washings.
Moreover, some people turn the clothes over before washing them. That is good practice. However, in this scenario, you must keep the right side of the garment out. It will give you fast results.
However, there is a drawback to this method. This solution can make the color of your cloth fade away. At the end of all the 50 times of washings, the color might become pale. But, this does not apply to every cloth.
- Rinse With Cold Water
This method is the most suitable for fresh designs—those who design printing as a business use this method commonly.
- Sugar Scrub
A sugar scrub also can remove designs on your garments. However, remember to do this gently. Moreover, this method works better on newly-printed designs. Further, it might also work on small parts of a used old garment.
Before trying this sugar scrub method, rinse your cloth with cold water. If the design remains parts, use a sugar scrub even after trying a cold water rinse.
Regular sugar is what you need for this. One tablespoon is enough. After, softly rub the surface of the design. You can use your hand or a piece of cloth that is soft.
Finally, wash the cloth off to remove the remaining sugar.
- Iron and paper bag strategy
Even though we don’t recommend ironing directly and peeling off the design, you can try this one.
You need a paper bag for this.
However, always remember to check out the temperature of the iron.
- Residue Removing
When removing screen printing polyester or any cloth type, you must consider how to remove the residue of screen printing.
After trying all the methods described above, you may find a small amount of ink remains. You can try a rinse with cold water or sugar scrub. Moreover, try the cold water method if you want to remove a design while working on a novel print. Go for the sugar scrub method only when the cold water method doesn’t work.
If you think all the above methods don’t fit you, the following things might help you.
Some screen-printed designs run all over the garment’s surface. However, some have the design only on the part of it. To remove the former category, you might need more solvents. And also, you may need to scrape off the thing spending a lot of time. We hope that you don’t like this idea.
It is usual for you to think of saving your effort for small smears. They require neither much time nor effort.
Next, consider the value of your garment. After removing the printing, you will discard it away. But, we know that many of you don’t like the idea of wasting. So, after the removal process, you can wear the dress at home. Moreover, you have the option of donating too.
Further, if the screen printing removal process takes too long, you can do another thing. Instead of removing the design, you can put a new pattern on the print. This method is good for heat transfers. Thus, you can seal a vinyl design over an old pattern.
Finally, buying new clothes and reprinting them is safer if you do a design printing business. The thing is, there is a possibility that these removal methods go wrong. Removing and reprinting over a hundred clothes don’t sound good at all.
you‘ve got limited methods to remove screen printing from polyester. The most effective and unharmful out of all is using dish soap and a harsh brush. However, if the design you need to remove doesn’t fade away, you can follow the other steps.
Nonetheless, ensure to follow the recommended ones only. Since polyester has plastic will react with strong solvents and iron heat. Therefore, select less strong chemicals and a low heat level when you go for those methods.