Cleaning Transfers in 4 Easy Steps

Cleaning Transfer with Board Eraser


Cleaning transfers is simple and easy! I like to work with either a glass 9×13 baking dish or a large, deep baking pan, depending on the size of the transfer.

Cleaning Transfer in Water Bath


  1. Fill the pan or dish with enough water that you can submerge your transfer and clean the paste or ink off.
  2. Use your fingers, or a Board Eraser to gently rub the surface of the transfer on both sides.
  3. Once you remove the paste/ink… place the transfer sticky side up on a paper towel or a cloth towel to dry.
  4. Once the transfer is dried fully… place the transfer back on to the shiny side of the backer paper.

Cleaning Transfer with Board Eraser

PRO TIP: Mark the back of the backer paper with a sharpie prior to using the transfers. This helps you to pair up the transfer to the right backer piece when cleaning transfers; make sure you affix the transfer back on to the correct side of the backer paper.

If you are in a situation where you don’t have access to water, you may use disinfectant wipes to clean your transfers. I personally prefer to rinse the chalk transfer in water FIRST before using a disinfectant wipe, as I find that a little easier.

Proper care and use of your Transfers will help you get the most use out of them.

CLEAN: Wash your Transfer immediately after use with cool water, gently wiping the paste or ink away with the Board Eraser. Do not let your Transfer soak in standing water for a long period of time, as it may remove the stickiness on the backing. Some staining may occur, but will not affect the performance of the Transfer.

DRY: After rinsing the Transfer with cool water, dry it by laying it sticky side up on a level surface. We recommend you use a dish drying mat, because they absorb excess water quickly.

STORE: Once the Transfer is dry, reattach the shiny side of the paper backer to the sticky side of the Transfer and store your Transfer flat.

REUSE: Transfers are designed to to be reused between 8 to 12 times. Several factors affect the life of the Transfer—for example, how well you clean it, whether you reattach it to the backer, and the types of surfaces you use. Unwaxed surfaces or surfaces with fibers (fabrics, papers, glitter, raw wood) will also shorten the life of a Transfer.

If you use the cleaning transfers tips above, you’ll keep your Chalk Couture Transfers in good shape and be able to reuse them for several projects. Check out more Transfer Tips to help you start off right!

Jill Hagner