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Help, Ink removal from floor

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by joelswork, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. joelswork

    joelswork Member

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    Hey all, I am working on turning an old "American Greetings" card shop into a youth center now. We have several areas on the floor that have a buildup of ink that is up to 1/2" thick and will not scrap up. One of the guys tried a concrete grinder last night but the ink just plugged up the pores in the sanding stones:banghead::banghead::banghead:.

    My question is, what is the easiest way to remove this old caked on ink. Will a solvent work, if so...what?

    Thanks for everyones help!

    :U Rock:
     
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    signage Major Contributor

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    What type of floor is it (ie. concrete, wood,laminate etc.)?
     
  3. joelswork

    joelswork Member

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    Sorry about that, concrete floor. We are trying to prep it for painting right now.
     
  4. joelswork

    joelswork Member

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    Thinking about a grinder

    I think I might try a 7" grinder with a wire cup brush, had to do that on some nasty floor adhesive left over from the 50's...worked good, just have this pesky cough for the past 10 years:rock-n-roll:
     
  5. Suz

    Suz Very Active Member

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    Not sure what the chemical content in the inks that you are trying to remove from your floor, but I'm assuming that the ink was used on a printing press since it was a greeting card business?

    I deal with printing inks, mostly just plastisol inks now which are used primarily in garment printing. However, I do use some commercial water base poster inks sometimes too, and I find those inks the most difficult to clean up out of all the inks that I commonly use.

    I love this stuff for removing really stubborn inks:

    http://www.texsourceonline.com/p-1348-franmar-greenway.aspx

    It's worth a try anyhow, if you want to avoid all the usual solvents. I like to spray it on the ink that needs to be removed and let it sit and soak in a while. Works like magic. Good luck!
     
  6. ridefst

    ridefst New Member

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    How about an air chisel to scrape the ink off the concrete?
     
  7. joelswork

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    thanks for all the advice, I'll start workin on it next week!
     
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