One of our biggest cringe moments is when we see shops full of ink droppings, screen presses growing fur from the spray adhesive that starts attracting all the dust and lint from all over the shop and the list can go on and on.
Here are a few things you can do to organize and keep your shop looking squeaky clean during your down time and make sure you are ready to go once things pick back up!
Clean your platens. We all have lint and dust built up over time from the print jobs we have done. It makes it hard to see the center line and it can create a bumpy printing surface which can affect your future prints. So now is a great time to clean them off and apply some fresh new platen adhesive.
Another thing you can do right now is to make sure that you clean off all those squeegees and screens that have ink residue on them. Grab some plastisol press wash or water based press wash depending on what type of ink you use and clean them up.
This is the biggest one in our book. A clean press is the most important tool to keep clean, dirty knobs with ink drips will spread ink on anything you grab and will follow you into your car and home. Micro registration that is full of lint, dust and adhesive build up is going to make it hard to turn those knobs and line up your print jobs.
When you are removing ink we recommend you use your normal ink cleaners you have such as plastisol press wash or water based press wash. When it comes to removing the lint build up you need to be careful because you don't want to ruin the finish on your press. Some people use hot soapy water and a scrub pad and others use mild de-greasers. We will leave that one up to you guys.
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