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Help - Big Ink Spill!

Discussion in 'Materials' started by cmcerniglia, Jun 15, 2010.

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  1. cmcerniglia

    cmcerniglia New Member

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    We just had a bunch of waste ink spill on our linoleum... and I do mean A LOT. What's the best way to clean this up? It's Mimaki SS2 ink for our JV-3.
     
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    artbot Very Active Member

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    first cat litter for soaking up. then a mild solvent.... use some acetone, it is the mildest and quickest to evaporate. if it's too aggressive, use xylol.
     
  3. cmcerniglia

    cmcerniglia New Member

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    Yeah, we just got the cat litter, but a lot of it's dried already. Would some diluted solvent work?
     
  4. Just Another Sign Guy

    Just Another Sign Guy Very Active Member

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    lol i've seen spills where ink literally has to be shovelled into containers (55 gallons (black) of the stuff) or another bad one where a bulk ink system sprouted a very big leak onto very light colored carpet...messy. so don't worry and thankfully you are on a solid surface. get the bulk up, then start wiping with a mild solvent..get lots of rags or paper towels...and again be thankful you are on a solid surface.
     
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    cmcerniglia New Member

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    Any suggestions for a mild solvent? We have the solvent that we use to clean the printer heads and capping station, but I was under the impression that the stuff would be just as nasty on the linoleum as the waste ink itself.

    And yes, thank God for a solid surface.
     
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    artbot Very Active Member

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    the cleaning solution is made of glycol ether (butyl cellosolve) and acetone. it's considered very very mild (the acetone is only about 15%). i'd just use xylol. it evaporates really slow and will cut the ink.
     
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