solvent printer cleaning

Q: What do you recommend for cleaning wide format solvent printer caps and printheads? 

A: In the September/October 2016 SGIA Journal article written by Bob Flipse, President, GrafxNetwork titled  “Wide-Format Printer Maintenance: Prepare, Prevent, Prevail”, Bob said “not Q-Tips!”.


Berkshire agrees. 100% cotton tipped swabs will leave behind fibers that could adversely impact the seal. Also, certain cotton swab handles may react poorly with solvents. We recommend Berkshire’s solvent resistant low-lint swabs. Our best selling swab to the print industry for this application is LT000125.  Our best selling print wipe is Choice 900® .


Click here to download Berkshire’s handy Swab/Solvent Compatibility Chart. This one page guide will show you what swab head substrate is compatible with most common manufacturing solvents.