Iron On Label HELP PAGE

IMPORTANT UPDATE. Do not use an auto thermostat iron with a dial, even when set to DRY. They will not heat up sufficiently to seal our labels.  A standard, home iron, set to COTTON works every time! 
More information on these irons below.



Check the BASICS for using Name It Iron On Labels:

Our NAME IT iron on labels need enough heat to activate the special glue. 

1. Heat your iron to the cotton setting. No steam.  Wait for the iron to fully heat. 

2. Iron the area of material where the label will go, to heat it up. 

3  Place your label onto your garment and iron DIRECTLY on top of the label firmly.  LIFT your iron. Then, re-iron over the top, moving the iron around, for several more seconds (depending on the thickness of the material, as the thicker the material, the longer to iron) and push into the corners.


TIPS for delicate materials and the use of baking paper
1. Kitchen Baking Paper helps if your iron is NON TEFLON
2. Kitchen Baking paper helps if you need to protect a fabric from your hot iron, eg wool or polyester
3. Kitchen Baking paper helps if the ink smudges.  It means your iron is a bit too hot.
4. Kitchen Baking paper helps if your label bubbles a touch. It means your iron is too hot for that fabric. 

If using baking paper you need to make sure your iron is hot enough and that you press hard, as baking paper stops some of the heat going through.   NB Do not use tea towel or ironing cloth as that sort of material will stop the heat going through.  




How long should I iron? 

  •  3 - 10 seconds. Depending on the fabric you are ironing.  
    Some materials will need only a couple of seconds, if they are very thin, eg a hanky.  Some thicker materials will need one strong press and then an iron over the top for 5 or 8 seconds eg jeans.  Every iron is slightly different with its heat output so just iron them on, and after it's cooled, try to pick it off. If it comes away easily, you need more heat. 

What should I do after ironing?

  • Always leave your label to cool down before washing - ideally 24 hours.
  • The glue in our labels will set hard over the next 24 hoursTry to lift a corner, to make sure it is well sealed.  If not, increase your heat and re-iron directly over the top again.   

Why have my labels lifted after a few washes?

If any label lifts after a few washes it usually means the temperature of your iron, when you first ironed it, wasn't enough to fully activate the glue OR See information on Auto thermostat irons below. 


Should I throw out a label that comes off in the wash?

No. Even a label from the bottom of the washing machine, can be re-applied successfully with enough heat.  Dry your garment thoroughly, and re- iron with a slightly higher heat than before. Use baking paper if you are concerned with burning the fabric. 


How do I iron labels onto socks? 

We suggest placing the iron on label onto the sole of the foot. Heel to toe. (Against the stretch)   Once again, iron the sock first, to heat it up.  Place the label heel to toe. Iron directly on top of the label, pressing hard, with a good cotton heat in your iron. 


But I've ironed my label exactly as per instructions and they looked good, but on the first wash they fell off! 
What type of iron do you have?  Is it an auto thermostat?

Some newer irons have an auto thermostat or a dial. They are great irons for ironing clothes but when you switch them to DRY, the temperature is not high enough to seal an iron on label.  You can't use these types of irons. In all other cases, we find you simply need to increase your heat, use baking paper for peace of mind, and re-iron. 


Why are Name It Iron On Labels unique?

...because you  iron right on top of the label.  Other iron on labels have a plastic surface and you can't iron over them.  This makes NAME IT labels easier to handle when washing and ironing. 

The only fabric our iron on labels will not stick to is nylon.  




Thank you for the wonderful support and feedback we get from you all! 

See our feedback comments on the iron on label page. These labels really work.  We are a NZ company and have supplied these labels for over 20 years. 

If you have a question that is not answered here, please email and we are happy to help.