Waterbased inks are perfect for printing at home. They are easy to print with and easy to clean up. Waterbased inks can also be easily cured to make them wash fast.
If you don't heat cure your print it will be ok to touch after drying but it will wash out.
Here's our quick guide to heat curing your screen printed textiles at home using an iron.
You will need:
- Your print.
- Brown paper.
- An Iron.
Firstly do your print.
Let it air dry over night or longer, until it is nicely touch dry.
Set your iron to its hottest setting for the type of fabric you are using. (Cotton will handle the highest setting)
Place the brown paper on the print. Iron over the print, keeping the iron moving.
Do this for at least 2 mins, more like 2mins 30 secs. The ink needs to reach 160deg cel to cure and be fixed. By moving the iron it should prevent the fabric burning.
Once all the water has evaporated the pigment in the ink should have bonded to the fabric.
Wash test your garment at its normal setting to check it has cured. Here we are testing with a high pressure hose so show the ink has fully cured.
For more information on heat curing inks check our Find the Cure blog.