The other day there was a client who asked me about his Teflon sheet. There was a sublimation ink stain on it, and the inks started to transfer to other fabrics he was busy with, his question was, how you CARE for your Teflon sheet, which ignited my thoughts on this article.
What is Teflon, and what is it used for?
Teflon (discovered in 1938) was brand name originally used as a synthetic chemical that was used to coat cookware. In the past (before 2013) it was seen as a cancer health risk with certain chemicals, but since then, Today's Teflon is considered to be safe.
Other uses for Teflon is also used to waterproof different fabrics, coating medical appliances (surgical devices) Due to its high resistance to corrosion, it is used for coating the lining of laboratory appliances
Our Teflon sheets we use every day, are just a Teflon coated fabric that we use so that bits of heat transfer vinyl don't get stuck to your iron or your press, and they help protect your design so it doesn't melt to your press. (HTV) We also use it for our normal sublimation for when the press is very hot (180C° and up) to make sure that there is not yellow stain (burn mark) on your white sublimation e.g. T-Shirt you are busy making.
How do we Care for our Teflon sheet?
· Always keep it in a cool dry place
· Do not crunch it up- keep it on a flat surface.
· Cleaning is easy and simple: Immerse the Teflon sheet with warm soapy water for a few minutes and then wipe it dry with a cleaning cloth.