Wipes for the Printing Industry
An ongoing challenge of every commercial and industrial printing press or pressroom environment is keeping it lint free. Using lint-free and low-linting disposable wipes is a recognised practice in the industry, but within this category, there are a number of different types of suitable wipes, cloths and rags, depending on the task or application. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of some of the more popular options available.
Rags, cut from recycled T-Shirts, or the scrim reinforced wipers known as “Rag-On-A-Roll”, are a couple of cost effective solutions available for general pressroom clean-up tasks such as wiping down a press or workbench, however have been known to leave fluff, or lint particles, so are not ideal for more delicate tasks such as cleaning rollers, flexographic or photopolymer plates.
For these more sensitive tasks, there are specifically engineered printers’ wipes available on the market that will be less likely to leave fibre remains. One such disposable low-linting wiper is the “Industro Wipe”, made from a blend of cellulose and polyester fibres spun together into large smooth sheets. This high quality printer’s wipe is suitable for use on screen, offset, lithographic and flexi printers and will absorb large spills, including inks and other solvents. A similar wiper, made from the same material, but cut to a smaller hand size, is the “TIDDOX Solvent Resistant Wipe”, which, as the name suggests, will not fall apart when used with solvents, such as inks, adhesives, varnishes and coatings. What differentiates this wiper is that it is coarse on one side for heavy duty scrubbing and fine on the other.
For heavy duty applications, including cleaning printing plates, trays and ink rollers, the “Rhino Industrial Wipes” provide an ideal wiping product for applications using inks, chemicals and solvents, or an application that needs a low lint wiper. Tough and tear resistant, these highly absorbent 110 gsm wipes are dispensed from a portable pop-up box, and being white, easily show up any stains or ink. Also available in a 475-sheet non-linting blue jumbo wiping roll.
“Orange Peels”, are a great hand cleaning pull out wet wipe, which will remove grease, ink, oil and grime from printer’s hands and equipment. These lint-free industrial wipes are portable, convenient and disposable, with a pleasant citrus smell.
For printing preparation and degreasing tasks, the “TIDDOX Degreasing Wipes” are popular, in either sheet or roll format. These wipes are made from a highly absorbent meltblown polypropylene material and are suitable for cleaning all ink types, solvents, chemicals, oil and grease.