Duroweave Cleaning Instructions

It is recommended that covers be cleaned at the end of each work day or shift to ensure optimum performance. The use of rubber base inks may allow for cleaning every other day, provided the cover is not heavily inked. Oil based and heat set inks should be washed out daily before they dry.

  • 1) Place the roller to be cleaned in a sink or basin. Move the roller back and forth slowly under a stream of hot water, about 4 to 6 inches (75-150mm) from the nozzle, allowing the water to strike the surface at an angle. Repeat until clean. If water pressure is low, a water concentrating nozzle is recommended. A forceful stream of hot water is necessary for the complete removal of all ink. Cold water will also work but not as effectively. A hose attached to the hot water line equipped with a spray nozzle may be necessary if the roller will not fit under the faucet. This arrangement provides the most convenient and effective means of ink removal. We recommend the use of a plastic trigger-style garden spray nozzle capable of a concentrated stream. (Do not use a metal nozzle -- it will become uncomfortably hot during use).
  • 2) Areas of heavy ink buildup may be scrubbed lightly with a soft bristle brush. Do not use a stiff bristle or wire brush as fiber separation will eventually result. Press wash, waterless hand cleaner, or mild household detergents may be used to remove heavily inked areas. Avoid cleaning agents with high alkaline content such as Fantastic, 409, Mr. Clean, Lysol etc., as fiber deterioration may result. When finished cleaning, remove excess water by rolling on a flat, clean surface or by blotting with a towel. Water may also be forced out by stroking the roller with your clenched hand in the direction of the nap. Be sure to smooth the nap down before allowing the cover to dry.
  • 3) Dry and oil the roller bushings and/or bearings before remounting. Try to keep these components dry, if possible, during the cleaning process. Roller bearings which wear out with repeated washings should be replaced with water resistant neoprene sealed bearings for extended life.
  • 4) If the covers are not used for several days, the fibers may dry out and become hard. Dampen the cover surface with warm water before mounting to loosen and soften the fabric. Do not wrap rollers in plastic or towels between use as mildew may develop, causing possible fiber deterioration.
  • 5) Covers may be cleaned between jobs or in mid-run if necessary. Be sure to squeegee as much excess water as possible so as not to disturb the water balance upon resuming work.

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