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clean-up without solvents

tools & metal plates with traditional hard grounds, soft grounds or rubber based bitumen

  1. Immerse metal plates, spatulas & brushes in vegetable cleaning agent & leave for a few minutes. The VCA will remove ink, rubber based bitumen, traditional hard and soft ground, anything formerly removed by turps, but may take a little longer.
  2. Scrub the surface gently with a soft brush.
  3. Remove the plate, letting drips fall back into the VCA container.
  4. Rinse the plate in a tray of soapy water.
  5. Remove plate from the water & dry with a clean rag.
  6. Always use gloves when using the Estasol as it may irritate the skin.

Note: When using VCA do not allow the soapy water to contaminate the Estasol - it will emulsify and have to be thrown out.

acrylic grounds

Use ammonia and water. Note: VCA will not remove acrylic grounds.

photopolymer plates

Use vegetable oil or baby oil to clean up ink. A wipe of oil will help keep them from drying out when storing. Store flat.

rollers

May be cleaned with either vegetable oil, baby oil or VCA. All cleaners use the same process.

  1. Roll off excess ink onto paper.
  2. Put a few drops (oil or VCA) on a cloth and gently wipe the roller clean.
  3. Degrease with a mixture of either washing up liquid or liquid cleanser and water.
  4. Dry thoroughly with a clean cloth.
  5. Put away correctly. The rubber roller should not be resting against sharp or hard surfaces.

tables

  1. Remove as much ink as possible with spatula.
  2. Wipe over with a small amount of vegetable oil on a cloth.
  3. Degrease with spray cleaner.
  4. Wipe dry.

Safer Cleaning, Chemicals & Disposal of Waste

Siri MSDS Index
The SIRI MSDS archive is maintained by Dan Woodard, MD & Ralph Stuart, CIH. Their objective is to make critical safety information as immediately and universally accessible as possible.
BLACKWOODS
Unit 37, 42 - 46 Wattle Street
Brookvale NSW 2100
Tel: (02) 9938 4155 Fax: 9938 4014
Website: www.blackwoods.com.au
Safety Gear, Nitrile Gloves, Protective Glasses.
EBOTANIQ
Vegetable Cleaning Agent (Chemester EHL)
Email: sales@ebotaniq.com.au
Subject line: VCA
Website: www.ebotaniq.com.au
POWER CHEMICALS PTY LTD
P.O. Box 5141
Wheeler Heights NSW 2097
Tel: 1300 855 273
Fingertens Hand Care Products, Power Plus Liquid Cleaner.
PRIME CLEANING SUPPLIES
396 Pittwater Road
North Manly NSW 2100
Tel: (02) 9939 1488
Protective Gloves, General Cleaning Supplies.
DEFENDER SAFETY PTY LTD
2/27 Prime Drive
Seven Hills NSW 2147
Tel: (02) 9838 8986
Armaglove - Nitrile Gloves.
TRANSPACIFIC CLEANAWAY
Website: http://www.transpacific.com.au/
Tel: 131339
Recycling of Toxic Chemicals.
HARDWARE OR GARDENING STORES
Copper Sulphate (also called Bluestone).
IT LIQUIDATORS
80 Coward Street
Mascot, NSW 2020
Tel: 0433 477 886
Environmentally friendly E-waste recycling
Website: www.itliquidators.com.au