You print a tee at extremely high temperatures and it melts, leaving a mess on your platen…or you print a transfer upside down…or your transfer leaves behind an adhesive residue.
These are some instances that can make your heat press machine become dirty.
Because this machine acts as the lifeblood of your business, you’ll need to take good care of it and ensure it’s always clean. This will enable it to last longer and function at its best at all times.
Below, we teach you how to clean your heat press machine the right way.
Things you’ll need for the job:
- A piece of soft cloth
- Heatproof gloves (your kitchen mitts will do)
- Mild cleaner (e.g. your household iron cleaner, mechanics non-abrasive hand cleaner, or just mild soap and water solution)
How To Clean a Heat Press Machine
Before we get into the steps, it’s worth noting that the cleaning directs will depend on whether your machine is Teflon coated or not.
If you have a Teflon coated machine, this is how ought to clean it:
1. first of all, unplug the machine from the electric outlet and let it cool down. This is for your own safety.
2. Next, mix your household cleaner with some warm water to prepare a solution that you’ll use to clean the machine platens.
3. Now dip your soft piece of fabric in water and clean the heat platens of your machine, making sure to remove all the residue and ink that have been left on the surfaces.
What if this method doesn’t work?
If you follow the above steps and your machine doesn’t get clean, you can try this alternative method:
1. Plug in your heat press machine to allow it to heat up
2. Put on your heat resistant gloves and use the soft clothing dipped in soft water to remove all the remaining stains on your machine platens.
3. When you’re done, switch off your machine and allow it to cool down
4. Use a dry soft clothing to wipe off any remaining soap water on the platens. You can also use the same piece of cloth to clean other parts of your machine that are infested with dust as well as fingerprints.
NOTE: The idea behind this method is that heating up your platens will make it easy to remove any stains or residue that’s difficult to remove when the platens aren’t hot.
For those whose heat press machines feature a Teflon coating, this is how you should clean it:
1. Start by unplugging your machine from the power source and allow it to cool down before you can start cleaning it.
2. For this particular machine, you’ll need a cleaning agent with coarse surface, like the sandpaper, for effective cleaning.
3. Now plug in the machine again and allow it to heat up to help you remove any remaining stains. Remember to put on your heat-protection gloves.
4. Next, unplug the machine and let it cool down. Use a soft dry cloth to remove any soap water remaining on the platens.
5. After you’re through with the platens, you can then go ahead and use a damp cloth to wipe clean all the other areas of your machine to make the entire unit look clean.
Extra Tips for cleaning your heat press machine:
As you plan to clean your heat press machine, there are a few tips you need to remember to ensure the entire process goes well.
The TIPS include:
- Consider cleaning your machine as soon as possible. If you let the transfer residue or ink remain on the platens, it’ll continue being exposed to heat with every use of the machine. And this might make it quite difficult to remove.
- You should ALWAYS unplug your machine before you start cleaning it to prevent burns. you don’t want to clean platens with heating elements as hot as 375-400 degrees C. And if you’ll need to clean the platens when they’re warm, be sure to put on the heat protection gloves.
- Be gentle when cleaning your machine. Use a soft cloth and gentle cleanser to prevent possible scratches from developing on your platens as these can affect the way your machine transfers the designs
- Before cleaning your heat press, we recommend you to first go through the manual. This is because there can be variation in the cleaning method from one heat press model to another.
- Sometimes the best way to deal with your heat press mess is to prevent it before it happens. Being highly cautious when doing your job will help prevent mistakes that lead to dirty platens, saving you the hassle of cleaning your machine.
A heat press can get dirty, especially when the garment you’re transferring to burns or melts on the heat platen. Accidentally printing the transfer paper upside down will also leave your platens with ink and other residues.
Proper cleaning of your machine will help remove all this dirt and keep your machine running smoothly, and for an extended period of time.
Just follow the steps we’ve outlined above on how to clean your heat press machine.
REMEMBER to always clean the mess from your platen as soon as it happens. Continued exposure of the dirt to heat might make it harder to remove.