September 09, 2021 4 min read

How to Remove Print From a Hoodie

No matter how much you like your hoodies, you will probably want to change something on them after a while. 

Most often, these changes involve the print that is on the hoodie. 

Whether the reason is that you no longer like the existing design or it has stopped looking good over time, with a few simple tricks you will certainly be able to remove it (almost always). 

If you’ve ever wanted to do it, and you didn’t dare to try it (out of fear of damaging your hoodie), now is the time to give it a shot. 

Interestingly, removing the print from the hoodie is actually a relatively simple procedure. That is, if you know how to do it. 

Therefore, we have prepared a short guide on removing the print from your favorite shirt. We have singled out a few of the most commonly used methods so you can choose the one that suits you best. 

Removing Print from Your Hoodie (Step-By-Step Guide) 

The most common types of printing on hoodies nowadays are: 

  1. Embroidery
  2. Screen printing
  3. Vinyl designs 

Depending on the type of design on your hoodie, you will have to choose an appropriate method of removal. 

How to Remove Embroidery Print 

If the print on your shirt is embroidered, then right away you are lucky. 

Here’s why... 

Embroidered print the easiest to remove. 

All you need to do to remove this type of print is to cut the thread and then pull it out carefully. Be careful as you don’t want to damage the hoodie ​when cutting the thread. 

You can buy a seam ripper made especially for this purpose in tailor shops. However, if you are unable to obtain this tool, a sharp razor or knife may be a good alternative. 

It would be desirable to use tweezers to pull out the threads that you cut, as well as a lint roller. 

So the procedure is as follows: 

  1. Turn the hoodie over so that the inside is on the outside
  2. Use the tool you have to carefully cut the thread
  3. After cutting a few threads, pulling them out using tweezers should be very easy
  4. Continue to cut and pull the thread
  5. When you have pulled out all the cut threads with tweezers, roll the lint roller over where the embroidery was (this will remove the tiny threads left).
  6. Wash your hoodie in the usual way 

How to Remove Screen Printing 

The design and inscriptions on the hoodies that are made by screen printing are decidedly the most challenging to remove. 

However, there is a chemical agent for removing this type of printing that works effectively almost every time. 

Believe it or not, it’s nail polish remover. 

Before you decide on this step, you should       know that it’s possible that nail polish remover cause discoloration or damage the hoodie. 

How to Remove Screen Printing

If you are still determined to try out this method be sure to follow these steps: 

  1. Apply a small amount of nail polish remover to a part of the fabric that is not visible (in this way, you’ll test the resistance of your hoodie)
  2. Put a piece of cardboard or some other impermeable material under the print (so that the chemicals from the nail polish remover don’t come into contact with the other side of the hoodie and cause damage to the fabric)
  3. Cover the design you want to remove with nail polish remover
  4. Leave the product on for about 30 minutes
  5. After 30 minutes, gently clean the design with a cloth or brush
  6. When you remove the design, wash the hoodie in the usual way
  7. If necessary, repeat the procedure once more (repeating this method several times is not recommended due to possible damage to the hoodie) 

How to Remove Vinyl Designs Printing 

Today, vinyl design is increasingly used in the production of hoodies. Removing this type of design from a shirt may not be as easy as removing embroidered print, but it is far from impossible. 

The heat from an iron, hairdryer, or heat gun can very effectively remove this type of print from your favorite hoodie. 

The method is very simple. 

The heat leads to the softening of the vinyl, which further results in the release of glue and the peeling off of the print. 

Here’s how to remove the vinyl design with the help of an iron: 

  1. Place the hoodie on an ironing board or other hard surface where ironing is safe
  2. Place a dry towel or other heat-resistant cloth under the print (this protects the other side of the hoodie from heat)
  3. Wet a cloth or other towel with cold water and drain it well
  4. Place a damp cloth over the ink on the hoodie (this will prevent the vinyl print from melting on the iron)
  5. Using the iron, go over the wet cloth in the area where the print is located, pressing lightly
  6. When the cloth is dry, remove the iron
  7. Slowly separate the edges of the print using a knife or scalpel
  8. At the beginning, peel the print using the sharp edge of a knife or scalpel, and when it starts to separate, continue to peel with your fingers
  9. If there is a print backlog, use the same procedure again 

Additional Miscellaneous Tips 

Here are some additional tips that might come in handy: 

  1. When removing prints with an iron, be sure to dampen the cloth with cold water (warm water can cause additional hardening of the print)
  2. The hoodie must be completely dry before you start the removal process
  3. It’s best to work with a steam iron
  4. Don’t press on the print too hard while ironing (pressing the iron too hard may harden the print and prevent it from being removed)
  5. If you work with a nail polish remover, do so in a ventilated area. 

Wrapping Up 

As you can see, faded or outdated prints and ink are not impossible to remove from your favorite hoodie. Moreover, in most cases the removal process is straightforward. 

You need to take some time and gather some courage, and if you follow the instructions we provided you’ll be good to go. 

On the other hand, you can always replace your old hoodie with one of unique Miracles Manifester Hoodies.