How To Clean Your Heat Press

If your upper platen is beyond cleaning, you can order an upper platen cover from Stahls’ Hotronix. A great cosmetic fix that also improves your heat printing.

If the upper platen of your heat press looks like it has seen better days, if it has residue of letters or numbers “burnt” into the platen or other undesirable remnants, you may want to follow these steps that I have published before, on how to clean your heat press.

If  your press has a non-stick coating on the upper platen, you can usually clean it by letting the platen heat up and then rubbing vigorously with a rag, but you have to rub pretty hard, but it should come off (wear heat proof gloves or hand protection when attempting this). If your heat press doesn’t have a non-stick upper platen, you might have to use some light sandpaper or  maybe a cleaner called GoJo, which has a light pumice sand in it, used in industrial situations or by car mechanics for removing nasty stuff from hands, or any other heavy degreaser with hot soapy water (of course when the machine is unplugged). If you use something with grit, such as Comet cleanser or Ajax on a non-stick platen, you can scratch the coating. If you don’t want to go to all this cleaning trouble, maybe you can try using a reusable cover sheet to protect your garments during application.  Stahls’ offers a QuickSlip Pad protector to protect the bottom platen from stains and also make it easier to get garments on and off the lower platen. If your upper platen seems beyond help, you may want to consider ordering a  upper platen cover from Stahls’ Hotronix. It is only available in the 16″ x 20″ size and you can find information on it on the Stahls’ Hotronix website.

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  1. Joe says:

    How do you clean the bottom platen? Mine came with some small white stains from the factory. Also, when warming up the machine at the beginning of the day (for about 60 sec) can you do that with the bottom platen covered with the quick skip pad? Heating it for about 60 seconds will not damage the quickslip protector? Thanks.

  2. Ted says:

    Hi Joe,
    I forwarded this to Mary in customer service, hopefully someone has gotten in touch with you to answer your questions and concerns. Thanks for reading and good luck with your heat printing.

  3. Mark Kohlman says:

    Used to be able to find household iron cleaner in a tube. Made for cleaning hot surfaces.

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