How to Remove Screen Printing from Clothes [10 Effective Ways]

Do you have a white t-shirt with screen printing on it that you don’t want? We all do from time to time. Screen printing is great for logos, but what if the logo doesn’t fit your style anymore or you just don’t like it anymore? You can remove screen printing from clothes by following our article below.

The best way to remove screen printing from your clothes is to go to a professional dry cleaner. Some also have the chemicals needed to do the job at home, although this is not recommended due to health hazards and fire danger.

In some cases just washing them will remove the ink from your clothes. However, when it doesn’t work you may need to use different methods of removing them depending on how long they have been on there and if they are stubborn or easy to remove.

What is Screen Printing?

Screen printing is a process of adding dye to fabric, using a frame and mesh screen. It works by blocking the areas on the screen that you do not want dyed while forcing the dye through small unblocked holes in the mesh. This method can be applied to almost any piece of cloth or clothing material.

Mostly used for logos and designs, screen printing is a great way to create a unique look for your clothing. However, sometimes you may want to remove the printing for a variety of reasons.

The main purpose of screen printing on fabrics, or garments is to allow the user of these clothes to stand out from a crowd. It can also be used as a form of advertisement for a company’s logo, slogan, mascot, etc. Since the process is relatively cheap and easy, many clothing manufacturers have added this feature to their products to increase the value and number of items being sold.

Screenprint stencils are made from thin plastic materials that are typically not recyclable. Generally speaking, you will find screen-printed garments in thrift stores rather than dry cleaners since most dry cleaners refuse to remove stains from used clothes.

How to Remove Screen Printing from Clothes

There are multiple ways in which you can remove screen printing from your clothes at home with items found around your house. Below we will show you 10 of these methods in detail so that you can choose one that fits in with your specific needs.

1) Vinegar and Baking Soda

This is a chemical reaction that can be used to remove screen printing from clothes. It is recommended that you use white vinegar, although other types of vinegar may work as well.

You will need:

  1. White vinegar
  2. Baking soda
  3. Bucket or container
  4. Soap
  5. Sponge or cloth

Method:

Step 1: Fill the bucket or container with enough white vinegar so that the clothes can be fully submerged.

Step 2: Add enough baking soda so that the reaction will occur.

Step 3: Soak the clothes in the mixture for 24 hours.

Step 4: After 24 hours, remove the clothes and rinse them with soap and water.

Step 5: Dry the clothes.

2) Acetone or Nail Polish Remover

This is a chemical solvent that can be used to remove screen printing from clothes. It is often used to remove nail polish, so it may be easily accessible in your home.

You will need:

  1. acetone or nail polish remover
  2. container
  3. sponge or cloth

Method:

Step 1: Pour acetone or nail polish remover into a container.

Step 2: Soak the sponge or cloth in the acetone or nail polish remover.

Step 3: Rub the sponge or cloth on the screen printing until it is removed.

Step 4: Rinse the clothing with soap and water.

Step 5: Dry the clothes.

3) Ammonia

This is a household cleaner that can be used to remove screen printing from clothes. It is also a harsh chemical, so please use caution when using it.

You will need:

  1. ammonia
  2. bucket or container
  3. sponge or cloth

Method:

Step 1: Pour ammonia into a bucket or container.

Step 2: Soak the sponge or cloth in the ammonia.

Step 3: Rub the sponge or cloth on the screen printing until it is removed.

Step 4: Rinse the clothing with soap and water.

Step 5: Dry the clothes.

4) WD-40

This is a lubricant that can be used to remove screen printing from clothes. It is also a harsh chemical, so please use caution when using it.

You will need:

  1. WD-40
  2. container
  3. sponge or cloth

Method:

Step 1: Pour WD-40 into a container.

Step 2: Soak the sponge or cloth in the WD-40.

Step 3: Rub the sponge or cloth on the screen printing until it is removed.

Step 4: Rinse the clothing with soap and water.

Step 5: Dry the clothes.

5) Ironing Board Method

This is a physical method that can be used to remove screen printing from clothes. You will need an ironing board and either a steam iron or dry iron for this process.

You will need:

  1. Ironing board
  2. Steam iron or dry iron

Method:

Step 1: Place the item of clothing on top of the ironing board with the screen printing facing downwards.

Step 2: Set your steam iron to high heat and place it over the printed area until you see all of the ink has been removed from the fabric. Be careful not to use too much pressure as you do not want to burn anything. If you are using a dry iron, then it to high heat as well and use a piece of cloth over the printing to apply pressure.

Step 3: Allow the clothing to cool down.

Step 4: Inspect the clothing for any remaining ink and repeat steps 2 and 3 as necessary.

Step 5: Hang the clothing to dry.

6) Hair Dryer Method

This is a physical method that can be used to remove screen printing from clothes. You will need a hairdryer and an oven mitt for this process.

You will need:

  1. Hairdryer
  2. Oven mitt

Method:

Step 1: Turn on the hairdryer and set it to high heat.

Step 2: Hold the hairdryer 6 inches away from the printing and move it back and forth across the entire printing until the ink has been removed.

Step 3: Place the clothing in the oven on a baking sheet at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Remove the clothing from the oven and allow it to cool down.

Step 5: Inspect the clothing for any remaining ink and repeat steps 2-4 as necessary.

Step 6: Hang the clothing to dry.

7) Salt Method

This is a physical method that can be used to remove screen printing from clothes. You will need salt and water for this process.

You will need:

  1. Salt
  2. Water

Method:

Step 1: Combine salt and water in a container.

Step 2: Soak the item of clothing in the saltwater mixture.

Step 3: Rub the item of clothing until the ink has been removed.

Step 4: Rinse the clothing with water and hang it to dry.

8) Vinegar Method

This is a physical method that can be used to remove screen printing from clothes. You will need vinegar for this process.

You will need:

  1. Vinegar

Method:

Step 1: Dampen a sponge or cloth with vinegar.

Step 2: Rub it on any remaining print on your clothing until all of the ink is completely gone. Let it soak into the fabric if necessary before rinsing with water.

Step 3: Hang the clothing to dry.

9) Paint Stripper Method

This is a physical method that can be used to remove screen printing from clothes. You will need a paint stripper and a container for this process.

You will need:

  1. Paint stripper
  2. Container

Method:

Step 1: Pour the paint stripper into the container.

Step 2: Soak the item of clothing in the paint stripper.

Step 3: Rub the item of clothing until the ink has been removed.

Step 4: Rinse the clothing with water and hang it to dry.

10) Goo Gone Method

This is a chemical method that can be used to remove screen printing from clothes. You will need Goo Gone and a container for this process.

You will need:

  1. Goo Gone
  2. Container

Method:

Step 1: Pour the Goo Gone into the container.

Step 2: Soak the item of clothing in the Goo Gone.

Step 3: Rub the item of clothing until the ink has been removed.

Step 4: Rinse the clothing with water and hang it to dry.

Things To Remember While Removing Screen Print From Clothes:

While you are removing the screen printing from your clothes, be sure to take note of these things:

1. Take your time. The faster you try to remove the printing, the more likely you are to damage the fabric.

2. Be gentle. You do not want to rip or tear the clothing while trying to remove the ink.

3. Test a small area first. This will help ensure that you are using the right method and that you are not going to damage the fabric further.

4. Allow the clothing to dry completely before wearing it again. Ink can still transfer to other fabrics if it is not completely dry.

5. Keep in mind that some of these methods may not work on all types of fabric. Always test a small area first before attempting to remove the screen printing on a larger section of clothing.

6. If the method you are trying does not work, try another one until you find the right solution for your specific clothing item.

7) Never use an iron or any heating device on a piece of clothing that has screen printing on it. The heat may cause damage to the fabric and ink transfer between fabrics is a possibility as well.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can I use to remove the screen printing from my clothes?

There are a number of methods that can be used, including those listed above. Be sure to test a small area first before attempting to remove the screen printing on a larger section of clothing.

Will the ink transfer to other fabrics if the clothing is not completely dry?

Yes, the ink may transfer to other fabrics if the clothing is not completely dry. Always allow the clothing to dry completely before wearing it again.

What should I do if the ink does not come off with any of these methods?

Try another method until you find the one that works best for your specific type of fabric. If none of the methods work, you may need to consider having the clothing dry cleaned.

How can I prevent the ink from transferring to other fabrics?

Always allow the clothing to dry completely before wearing it again. Additionally, try not to wear light-colored clothing with items that have screen printing on them. The ink may transfer to the lighter fabric and be difficult to remove.

Conclusion:

Now that you know what to do when screen printing transfers onto your clothes, it shouldn’t be difficult to remove the ink. Just remember these tips: take your time, be gentle, test a small area first and allow clothing to dry completely before wearing it again.

If none of the methods work for you or if you need additional help, contact the company who printed the item or try having it dry cleaned.

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