Recommended Pressing and Cleaning Supplies

Disclamer: This is a list of materials I personally use for pressing and cleaning. I am in no one claiming these are the best options or the only options out there, but merely providing information on what I have found to be most effective for me. Before actually using these materials, make sure you have an understanding of the basic concepts of pressing and dry cleaning comics and practice on throw away books first. 

The below links will take you to product pages on either or where you can purchase the products for yourself.


Swing Away Press 12"x10" Has everything you need to get started
Clam Shell Press 15"x15" Larger press if you plan on pressing large format books
9" x 12" x 1/8" Steel Plates Steel plates go on the bottom and top of what you are pressing for a more even/professional press (optional, but highly recommended) 
65 lb cardstock Cardstock to place inside the front cover and back cover to support spine
110 lb cardstock Cardstock to place before and after marvel digital download codes to prevent leaving indentations
Silicone Release Paper (SRP) Placed between ouer magazine boards and plates.
Magzine Size Boards Should be placed in the center of every stapled book you press. Up against the staples, not under them. This basically acts as a spacer to prevent crushing the book/staples. Also placed on bottom and top as buffer for steel plates. The stacking order is Plate - magazine board - SRP - comic cover - 65 lb cardstock - comic pages up to centerfold - magazine board - comic pages up to back cover - 65 lb card
Hangar 9 Sealing iron Used for all touch up pressing. Should be used prior to full press
Latex Gloves No fingerprints on the comics!
Massage Ball

Use in conjunction with sealing iron to gently message out divets or indentations.

Handheld Steamer Use only with distilled water. This is for spot steaming as an alternative to the humidity chamber.
Pressing/Cleaning Guide  A really good detailed guide on how to clean/press


Humidity Chamber: Will add later


Precision Eraser Clean hard to get to spots
Mars Eraser More general use
Cap Eraser More precise than mars, less precise than precision.
Absorene Pad A must have for cleaning. 
Magic Eraser Sheets Great for use on white, non-modern comics. somewhat abrasive, so use sparingly. 
Swiffer Dry Cloths General use cloth. This is the first thing to try cleaning with
Drafting Cleaning Pad Works great on white comics. Makes a mess though, so be prepared to clean up all the little shavings after.
Work Space Mat ...A mat to work on...


Stacking Order -

This is the stacking order from top to bottom for how a comic should be placed in the press:

Top of Press

Steel Plate

Magazine Board


Comic Cover

65 Lb Cardstock

First half of book

Magazine Board

Pages up to Digital Download Code

110 Lb paper

Digital download code page

110 Lb paper

Rest of Comic

65 Lb paper 

Comic cover


Magazine Board

Steel Plate

Press pad