How do I remove a transfer from the top platen of my heat press?

In a recent Stahls’ TV Morning Show, Jenna Sackett answers questions on heat printing challenges.

One question addressed was: If heat printers forget to use a cover sheet and print a transfer backward, how do they remove a transfer that sticks to the top of the platen?

Her response was first to turn the heat press off. While it’s still warm, use an abrasion-resistant scrub and a soft cloth to wipe away the heat transfer. It should come off with just a few wipes.

Decorators don’t want to scratch the upper platen with any harsh fibers, so it’s best to avoid paper towels. A T-shirt works great.

To avoid this scenario, get in the habit of using a cover sheet at all times.

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Jenna Sackett

Jenna Sackett


Jenna Sackett is an educator and content creator for Stahls'. Jenna has dedicated her time with Stahls’ learning the ins and outs of heat printing and educating nationwide at industry trade shows and events. She also hosts web-based classes, webinars and creates educational videos for Stahls’ TV YouTube. Whether you are making custom apparel for friends and family, running a brick and mortar business, or selling online, she knows the tips and tricks that make an apparel decorator successful in this ever-growing marketplace.

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