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Old 1 Week Ago Aug 13, 2019 1:21:49 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best methods for cleaning teflon and platens?

After a year of burning knuckles on a clam shell press, we just bought a 16"x20" swing away. (Heat Press Nation Black Series) Our first project was dye sub transfer to yellow poly shirts. Yellow. So now we have a bunch of yellow dye that has migrated from the shirts to the upper platen. I wasn't involved, and the operator swears she was using teflon every time. Moving on.

I tried wiping off the upper platen with alcohol and even some HTV remover when still hot. I'm not getting anything off, but if we put anything white in the press now, it still has yellow transferred to it. I can also see yellow dye that has condensed on the sides of the upper (not heated area) of the platen. What is the best thing to clean the press with? Can I also clean the teflon sheet or should I mark them and only use those for other yellow or black items?

I'm also now confused on how to prevent this happening again. If I got a platen cover, wouldn't that just have dye transferred to it? Do I just use new parchment paper top an bottom for every pressing? That seems expensive. Open for suggestions, thanks.
 
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Default Re: Best methods for cleaning teflon and platens?

For cleaning the heat platen.

EZ Off hot iron cleaner (runs $6-$10)

Fusing Machine Cleaner ($10-$20)

We use new paper on every product pressed. Yes it costs money, but the customer is paying for it. Really not much cost either, we buy it in large rolls for cheap.
If the cost of the paper is hurting your profits, you are not charging enough.
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Default Re: Best methods for cleaning teflon and platens?

Get a platen slip cover for it ,and also parchment paper for covering the design when pressing,It will add extra protection and its much cheaper for the parchment. I buy it by the roll for walmart. Contact Sthals.com for possible advice for cleaning the platen. They may have a instant solution.
 
 
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Get a platen slip cover for it ,and also parchment paper for covering the design when pressing,It will add extra protection and its much cheaper for the parchment. I buy it by the roll for walmart. Contact Sthals.com for possible advice for cleaning the platen. They may have a instant solution.
Those are what Stahls and Geo Knight recommend, as well as more or less all other manufactures that I have seen.

For example...order Geo Knight part number: TEF-CLEAN ($18 + shipping) and what you will get is a can of Fusing Machine Cleaner.

Have used both on all our presses and they work well. However the best thing you can do is keep it from getting dirty in the first place.
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Default Re: Best methods for cleaning teflon and platens?

Thanks for the replies. If I get a slip cover, won't that also get dye on it? I need a better deal on paper I guess.
 
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Thanks for the replies. If I get a slip cover, won't that also get dye on it? I need a better deal on paper I guess.



Walmart sells the Parchment paper by the roll ,I think 70 feet x 17inches wide for like 7$. Its what i use when i do my Printable heat transfers.It will be by the aluminum foil.
 
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Default Re: Best methods for cleaning teflon and platens?

Use a lint free cloth like the Scots blue disposable towels.
Graphix Gone adhesive remover.
Finish with isopropyl alcohol.

Use a clean towel for both the Graphix Gone and the alcohol. Cleans in just a few seconds and the alcohol removes any residue. Works on the platen and teflon.

Go ahead and get 2 teflon bras. One for the bottom and one for the top.
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