Keeping your heat press platen clean can mean the difference between a perfect garment and a ruined garment. The best way to do this is through prevention. As the Benjamin Franklin saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” What is the top tip for a clean heat press? Use platen covers. There are durable platen covers available for both the top and lower platens, which are much easier to clean than the platen itself. The upper platen cover is available from Stahls’ for different size platens. It works best when combined with a Quick Slip Lower Platen Protector. Many people also find that the platen protectors make it easier to load garments on and off the press.