How to Remove HTV Vinyl from a Shirt

Have you ever heat pressed the wrong number to a jersey or spelled a player’s name wrong? We know mistakes happen all too often in the apparel decorating industry and they can get expensive. Luckily, some mistakes can be saved when using the STAHLS’ Letter Remover Solvent. This solvent can be used to remove 15 different CAD-CUT® Heat Transfer Vinyl from fabrics.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Before you begin, you need a plain white cloth and STAHLS’ Letter Remover Solvent.

  • Step 1: Get the cloth wet with the solvent and test a spot first in an inconspicuous area to ensure the color of your garment does not fade.
  • Step 2: With the moistened cloth, rub the back of the vinyl area from inside of the garment.
  • Step 3: Use your hand as a guide to protect parts of the vinyl design you do not want to remove.
  • Step 4: Once the back of the vinyl is moistened, start peeling away the front of the vinyl design.
  • Step 5: Use the cloth to go over the area removed to get rid of any adhesive that may have been left behind.
  • Step 6: You are now able to heat apply the corrected design over the area you removed.

TIP: If unwanted vinyl was accidentally heat applied onto the garment with your design, use a cotton swab instead of a cloth and follow the above directions.

Compatible CAD-CUT® HTV:

Video: Watch How to Remove HTV Vinyl from a Shirt

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7 thoughts on “How to Remove HTV Vinyl from a Shirt”

  1. Great tip. Couldn’t be more timely. I was pressing names last night when I noticed that one of the names had moved when I put the cover sheet on. I don’t have the solvent on hand because I was unaware that the letters could be removed but will have to get some for the next time something freaky happens.

    BTW, does it matter if the shirt is 100% cotton or 50/50?

  2. Hi Tim, thanks for your comment. You’ll want to test an inconspicuous spot on each garment before using the solvent, regardless of it’s content.

  3. can it be done anytime after pressing? or does it have to be right away? i have a couple of shirts that are used for display they were done 2 months ago, can i remove the vinyl?
    also is it only for therm film or can i use it with any vinyl?
    thanks alot

  4. Hi Mohammad, thanks for your question. The solvent should be used within 24 hours and will remove Thermo Film and Thermo Grip. You will need to test it on any other materials you have.

  5. I have actually been successful removing a number that was on the garment for over a year! Try it, it just might work!

  6. Hi Kelly, thanks for reaching out. No, the solvent doesn’t have a particularly strong odor. If using, you’ll want to start with a small amount on the backside of the fabric and slightly around the edges of the HTV you’re trying to remove. Once complete, the solvent should evaporate but laundering lightly would be a good idea. If you have any questions, you can reach our Customer Service team at 800-478-2457 or

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