When you want to get the most out of your investment in a good cleaning press and provide your customers with high-quality prints, you’ll need to ensure cleanings are a regular part of your maintenance. Cleaning can be more important than changing doctor blades. However, getting set up for this process can seem like a hassle if you’re new to the printing industry or have neglected maintenance for years. Here are the steps you need to help you prepare to clean your press.
Purchase Your Cleaner
The best press cleaners are the ones that remove ink from a variety of surfaces and offer rust protection. Once you’ve reduced the number of options you’re looking at, narrow them down further by only considering ones that remove the types of ink you use. This consideration is critical if you use odd types of ink that can be tough to remove. Finally, if you have an automated cleaning system, be sure to look for a solution that works with it, as these can be particular.
Mix the Proper Amount
Unlike doing laundry, you can’t just dump a random amount of cleaner into some water and expect this to turn out well. Generally, you’re going to need to mix somewhere between 0.5 and 1.5 kilograms of solution with 100 liters of water. For exact instructions, read the ones on your cleaner bottle. They’ll tell you exactly how much concentrate and water to mix. Additionally, make sure you use clean, potable water with your solution.
Prepare Your Work Area
If your press has an automated cleaner, you don’t have to worry about preparing the area. However, if you’re doing this by hand, you’ll want to make sure you create a separate site where you can mix the solution and wash your press. Once you’ve created a workspace, grab the necessary tools for mixing and cleaning your press. Don’t forget the measuring instruments so you can combine the solution as accurately as possible.
While it may seem like an inconvenience that you don’t like, cleaning your printer is a critical part of maintenance that ensures you produce top-quality prints. Fortunately, getting set up for this task is easy when you know what to do. By following these steps, you can set yourself up for a successful cleaning session with ease, so you are ready to keep on printing and give your customers the quality they deserve.