Early in the morning and just before pressing,
you should use a foxtail to dust off the entire press
table of the laundry press. Then take some hot,
soapy water and completely wash off the press
table and dry it. Always be careful not to bring
your arms into contact with any of the heated
surfaces of the press.
CLEANING PRESS HEADS
Press heads must be clean at all times to
prevent clothing from picking up stains that may
be on the press head. To clean the press properly,
you need press head cleaner, press head wax, and
press head mitts. These products are available for
procurement through the Ships Store Contract
The main purpose of the press head mitt is to
prevent laundry personnel from being burned.
The press head mitt has two different sides, one
side is smooth, while the other side is made of steel
wool material. You use the smooth side to apply
press head cleaner to the press head evenly. Then
scrub the whole press head with the steel wool side
of the press mitt.
Use clean rags to wipe the press clean and
always keep the press head mitt on to prevent
bums to your hand. CAUTION: NEVER use rags
that may have flammable substances on them.
After you remove all excess press head cleaner,
do the final touch by applying wax to the press
head. Use a wax cloth to sprinkle wax on one side
of the cloth and then fold it together. Use the press
head mitt and wipe the cloth evenly against the
press head until all surfaces have been waxed. Use
a clean rag to wipe off any excess wax. Use an
old bed linen to test the press head for excess
cleaner or wax by lowering the press head on the
sheet. If no stains are noticed you are ready for
Presses must be properly padded at all times.
Packed down pads produce poor quality work and
break buttons, and clothing articles pick up burn
odors when pressed on burned-out padding.
Change these pads as required.
Figure 5-36 illustrates the materials you will
need to change pads which includes the following:
One steel wool pad
Two flannel pads
One press cover
Figure 5-36.Changing laundry press padding.
The procedure for padding the buck is simple.
Unclamp or unhook the cover beneath the buck
and remove all the old padding.
The steel wool pad on the bottom is very
expensive and needs to be changed only when
worn or rusted (about once a year). On the top
of your steel wool pad, place the two flannel pads
and then the press cover on top of them. Then
pull the drawstring tight and tie it off. Connect
all tension springs and clamps under the buck of
the press and you are done.
Synthetic covers last longer than cotton covers.
The drawstring in the cover helps to hold the
padding in place, but the tension springs on the
clamps or hooks beneath the buck hold the
padding firmly in place. They give an even pull
all around the cover. Change covers when they
become soiled or badly scorched.
Always use two layers of flannel on the press.
One flannel pad does not cushion the garment well
enough and buttons may be broken. When two