DAMAGE TO CLOTHING DURING
Improper padding on presses is the major
cause of damage to clothing on the press deck.
The supply department is responsible for padding
these presses. The laundry supervisor should be
actively involved in the maintenance operations
to make sure the adjustment on these presses
meets laundry requirements. Time should always
be allowed for the planned maintenance of all
equipment. Laundry requirements for press head
pressure is discussed in Ships Serviceman Third
Class, NAVEDTRA 10176.
Never allow the press head to remain on the
clothing too long. A one-operator station consists
of two 54-inch presses and one 36-inch press. This
allows the operator between 20 to 30 seconds
between lays depending on the laundrymans
ability. A laundry man should not try to operate
more than one operator station at a time.
Clothes that are properly washed eliminate
most chances of scorching during pressing.
Improperly washed clothes may scorch because
of chemicals left on the garments after extraction.
The supervisor should make sure clothes are
properly washed and extracted before delivering
them to the press deck.
Laundry personnel are responsible for
changing pads and covers on the presses.
Improper padding of presses can cause broken
buttons and a dull-looking product after pressing.
The presses should be padded according to the
instructions in Ships Serviceman Third Class,
NAVEDTRA 10176. If proper padding does not
eliminate the broken button problem, have
the engineering department check the head
adjustments. You can check the adjustment of the
press by placing a bed sheet in it, leaving a portion
of the sheet exposed. Close the press, and then
try to pull the sheet out of the press. The sheet
should not slip out; it should remain contained
in all areas.
Items that normally require dry cleaning
should not be pressed on a hot head press, but
on a dry-cleaning press with an air vacuum. If you
do not have a dry-cleaning press, give the item
a light drying and promptly remove it from the
dryer and hang it. Usually, these types of clothing
are suitable for wear without pressing.
Always be sure that there are no foreign
articles in the clothing. Foreign articles may
possibly make their way through the receiving,
washing, and drying process without being
noticed. If the clothing is pressed with gum, hard
candy, and so forth, in the pockets, it will cause
stains that may never be removed. If stains do
occur, use the stain removal procedures as
outlined in Ships Serviceman Third Class,
Remember, damage to clothing during press-
ing may be caused by the following conditions:
Improper adjustment of press heads
Unclean press heads
Press head on fabric too long
Improper washing or extraction
Improper padding on presses
Foreign articles left in clothing