StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on

How to Make Sure Your Iron-on Lasts After Many, Many Washes

Long-lasting iron-on results are possible. Read below for tips on how to ensure you create flawless iron-on projects that last.

September 6th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

If iron-on projects are your favorite, like mine, I know how frustrating it can be to cut your project, adhere it with a home iron and the iron-on starts to peel, crack or wrinkle after a few washes. Well, I am here to tell you that permanence with iron-on is possible. It all starts with using high-quality iron-on (aka heat transfer vinyl or HTV).

Producing Iron-on That Sticks Is Part Art and Part Science

At Cricut, the quality of our iron-on material and EasyPress are now best-in-class. We have come a long way thanks to you! We listened to your feedback and went back to work perfecting the science behind creating premium iron-on and putting in place the most advanced machinery and technology. Our quality teams have spent countless hours testing to ensure the iron-on experience is flawless and results last long after your t-shirts and other projects have been made.

This is why we now have in place our StrongBond™ Guarantee on many of our iron-on materials. This means that when Cricut Iron-On is used as directed, you’ll be completely satisfied with the results. If not, we’ll replace it for free. Seriously!

StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on
StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on

Our Quality Assurance Team conducts exhaustive testing of all iron-on until it reaches its failure point (peeling, wrinkling or cracking). This t-shirt with Cricut Everyday Iron-On has been put to the test.

Look closely to see all those hashmarks! Each one represents a washing cycle. Our QA Team tests iron-on across a variety of materials. From these tests, we then can provide exact time and temperature recommendations for best results.

Once You Have Selected Cricut Iron-On, Use These Essential Tips to Ensure Flawless Iron-on:

Beyond using quality iron-on material, there are a few must-meet conditions that work together to give you professional iron-on results:

Even heat: For heat-transfer material like iron-on to successfully adhere, it needs even heat. And that’s why we introduced Cricut EasyPress. Two heating elements snake through the plate, creating perfectly even heat and flawless, long-lasting iron-on transfers. Because we eliminated the hotspot, a press cloth is rarely, if ever, required.

StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on

Exact temperature: Iron-on film adheres to fabric when a heat-activated glue reaches a given temperature range. The temperature required will be different for foil iron-on film than it will for glitter iron-on film, etc. That’s why we recommend using Cricut EasyPress with Cricut brand iron-on products. Rather than suggesting “average” temperature and time settings for any old heat press on any random fabric, we give you precise Cricut EasyPress settings that have been rigorously tested using every Cricut iron-on type. Use our recommended settings chart to make every project perfect.

StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on

Flat Surface: The flatter your work area, the better. And unless you want flimsy results, avoid flimsy ironing boards. Use the super-flat Cricut EasyPress on super-flat surfaces, along with a Cricut EasyPress Mat, and you will get super long-lasting results. Make sure your surface is heat-resistant and ideally waist high for ease in applying the needed pressure.

StrongBond Guarantee for Cricut Iron-on

Beyond even heating, exact temperatures and using flat surfaces, follow these important steps to maximize the life of your iron-on projects:

Before iron-on application

  • Know the type of fabric and the type of iron-on material you are using and reference our recommended settings chart.
  • Always pre-wash and thoroughly dry your fabrics.
  • When washing, do not use fabric softener.

During iron-on application

  • Just before transfer, preheat your base fabric for 3-5 seconds to remove wrinkles and moisture.
  • After adhering your design, flip your fabric and repeat on the other side. Use the same settings.

After iron-on application*

  • Wait at least 24 hours before washing.
  • Always wash inside-out.
  • Do not bleach.
*Different types of Cricut Iron-On have different care instructions. For example, Cricut Foil and Holographic Iron-on should be hand-washed in cold water only. Be sure to follow washing and care instructions carefully (see instructions on packaging).

If you follow the above tips you too will make t-shirts and other iron-on projects that will last. If you have additional questions about iron-on, please visit our FAQ Page or reach out to Cricut Member Care at

15 thoughts on “How to Make Sure Your Iron-on Lasts After Many, Many Washes

  1. I put iron on the pockets of my Jeans. WOW! Took forever for the iron on to adhere to denim. And each wash slowing peeling on edges.

    Any suggestions? Or should I avoid putting on denim?

    • Hi. It is likely that the seams interfered with getting a full press. You could try placing a towel inside to raise the denim above the seams before pressing.

  2. What do you do when you have a design that has different types of htv? If I have foil next to glitter and they require different settings its impossible to use the easy press. So do I use an iron because its smaller or do I use the easy press and set it for the hotter htv?

    • Hi. I would start with the hotter temperature requirement of the two and the matching material. Press it, then switch the temperature and add the other material. You can use our protective sheet to help cover and protect the material that you have already done, too.

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  4. Hello Cricut
    I’m new to all of the Cricut world but I got one when I try doing the Iron on its told there was an Err. redid it and something happened what I’m doing worry?
    Please help

  5. if i have a double sided tshirt with everyday iron on should it be washed inside out also?

    • Hi there, we have various iron-on materials available including those that come in sheets for your machine. Please take a look here at the variety of materials we currently have in stock.

  6. Hi, I’m going thru all the steps making sure to do everything correctly but after just 2-3 washes I’m noticing some wrinkles and a little bit of pealing. What should I do?

    • Hi Alex,

      We recommend washing iron-on shirts inside out. It’s possible that the base material being used is shrinking a little bit, which may be why there are wrinkles as well. We recommend using pre-shrunk fabrics. If you would like to contact member care, we would also be happy to replace your material and collect a sample to track any production issues. Hope this helps.

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