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How to Apply Iron-On Labels?

By Michael Lau   Ι  2022-09-06

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Iron-on labels are the easiest way to label clothing or private items. Iron on name tags is widely used in Kid’s clothing and nursing homes. Correctly applying iron-on labels is essential to extending the label’s life. Let’s check out the crucial instructions on how to apply iron-on labels easily.


Hi, I’m the author of this post and have been in wholesale labels and hangtags for over 17 years. If you want to know anything about our products or require help please feel free to ask me at any time!

3 Steps to Remove Ironed-on Label from Garment-banner

What you should do before you get started?

  • You will need an iron-on label, an iron, and a sheet of parchment or baking paper.
  • Check the laundry labels on the cloth to see if it allows ironing and iron-on instructions, or make inquiries directly with the manufacturer.
    Note that delicate fabrics (silk, satin, wool, etc.) and low melting point fabric types (nylon, vinyl, leather, etc.) are incompatible with ironing!
  • Make sure the garment is clean.
  • Set the Iron to “three dots/Cotton setting/Medium (about 150C/)” and wait for the Iron to heat up.
  • No steam setting. The water from the steam could get into the hot-melt glue of the clothing labels and weaken it.

Easy 6 Steps to apply iron-on labels for clothing

Now that you’re all prepped and ready, let’s get started with the following steps.

  1. Laying the garment flat on the ironing board or any flat place to make sure the fabric is as smooth and wrinkle-free as possible.
    Don’t forget to put a piece of heat-proof fabric between your garment and ironing board, like old cloth, or a cotton tea towel.
  2. Peel off the paper backing if it is still on the back of the label, then position the custom iron-on label onto the garment and cover it with a sheet of parchment paper/baking paper, taking care to cover it completely.
  3. Move the iron slowly with steady pressure for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Wait a few seconds. Then turn the cloth inside out or flip the fabric to the backside when it is still warm and iron directly for an additional 10-15 seconds. No need to use parchment paper or baking paper again.
  5. Wait 2 minutes for it to cool down, then check whether the edges adhere entirely or not.
  6. If the label is not fully adhered to the garment/fabric, go back to step 3 and Iron for 5 seconds again.
3 Steps to Remove Ironed-on Label from Garment-banner

You’re done! Very simple ways to place labels with an iron, and the best results are the clothing labels, or name labels that can last till the merchandise is no longer used.



  1. A firmly iron-on label depends on the glue and the base material. Of course, the temperature, pressure, and time of ironing are also critical.
    There are many fabrics type and iron in the world, so we strongly recommend conducting a labeling test before mass labeling and calculating the best temperature (if 150℃ is hot enough), pressure, and time to ensure that the label can be firmly bonded to the textile in the most suitable environment.
  2. Because the intermediate between the label and the garment/fabric is hot melt glue, we should also pay more attention to the washing, just following the instructions on the care label.
    It needs to be washed in cold water at a low temperature, can tumble dry, but do not dry, do not dry clean, do not bleach, and first wash the product after 24 hours once the clothing label is ironed.

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