Solvents are a great way to clean up after a printing job. These solutions have come a long way since they were first invented. However, there are still some which bring concerns that should be considered before they are purchased.
One of the main uses for cleaners in the engraving and printing business is removing ink. Most press cleaners come with an oil base, ranging from gentle vegetable oil to harsh acetone. Others can be mixed with water before they are used. These often come in powders. Both of these can successfully remove ink from a surface. However, you need to watch the chemicals that are in your solvents. Some can be harmful to employees and certain types of anilox rollers. Others require an excessive amount to remove the ink successfully.
Avoid all-natural products. These are made from citrus oil and can be just as dangerous as flooding your printer with turpentine. There are other options if you are looking for a more sustainable cleaning method. Also, avoid odorless solvents. While they are more pleasant to use, you can forget that you are still breathing harsh fumes.
No matter what solvent you choose, you must wear gloves. Nitrile gloves will protect you from the harshest chemicals you may encounter. You should also consult the manufacturer data to see what other safety measures you need. Refer to this data before each time you use a cleaner.
If possible, you should store your solvents in a steel cabinet. This will prevent you from being exposed to harmful fumes, reduce spills, and reduce the chance of a fire.
Depending on what type of equipment you have, different cleaners can meet your needs. Each of these has different benefits and drawbacks. Additionally, there are certain health concerns you must consider before choosing the right cleaner. When you decide on one, ensure that you keep it in a steel cabinet to reduce hazards.