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How to Properly Clean Your Vinyl Cutting Plotter

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If you use a vinyl cutter as a part of your sign making business (or just within your own business), we know that you want to do everything you can to take care of it.

However, what is the best way to keep your vinyl cutting plotter clean? Plus, how can you do so without damaging it?

Keep on reading this post in order to find out. We’ll also let you know where you can find some of the very best material racks, plotter items, chemicals, and much more.

Cleaning Your Vinyl Cutting Plotter

What do you need to make cleaning your vinyl cutter as easy as possible?

We recommend an adhesive cleaner that is meant for vinyl cutters. Look for one that has the right solvent mixture as to not harm your equipment. Also, choose one that is mild in odor, non-hazardous, hypoallergenic, and biodegradable. It’s important to keep in mind to test on an inconspicuous area to determine if the cleaner will not remove any seals.

If you run out of cleaner, a temporary alternative we suggest using is paper towels or tissues with rubbing alcohol and a toothbrush or wire brush. Soak your tissue or paper towel in the rubbing alcohol and latch down your wheels. Then, put the tissue on the wheels and hit the down arrow key. This will help in the meantime until you get your hands on a proper adhesive fluid remover.

It’s important that you commit to cleaning the wheels about once a week to maintain things in good working order. This will keep your wheels from getting coated in adhesive, which can cause you to have serious tracking problems.

If you’ve noticed a serious build-up of glue, use tweezers or even some adhesive removers to get rid of the build-up as soon as possible. To maintain your grit rollers, use the wire brush to scrub them lightly. Try going in a slow circular motion, which will get rid of paper scraps and more without causing any damage. Make sure that you don’t interfere with any of the paint while doing this.

Daily Maintenance to Consider

Of course, keeping your vinyl cutting machine in good health also means doing a bit of preventative maintenance.

Make sure that you always lift up the pinch rollers before you head out for the day. If you leave them down for too long, you could actually create indentations. This will mean that your plotter won’t last as long as it should.

Also, always wipe off any dust with a dry cloth to prevent it from building up.

Finally, make sure that you always keep the tip as free from debris as you can.

You can use a can of compressed air, blow on it with a fan or even blast it on a cool setting of a hair dryer for two seconds to send any leftover vinyl, dust, and dirt flying away.

Looking for a Vinyl Cutting Plotter?

We hope this overview has explained some of the best ways to keep your vinyl cutting plotter clean. Remember that the overall goal here is to extend the life of your plotter. Taking good care of things will also help to prevent problems from slowing down your production levels.

Of course, having the best products on hand in the first place is just as important. Whether you’re on the hunt for plotter items, hand tools, adhesive removers or even banner stands, we have the inventory you need.

Check us out to find the products you’ve been looking for to make your business run that much smoother.

Simple Solutions International offers a full selection of plotter blades and plotter pens as well as a variety of useful tools for use in plotting and sign making such as plotter adapters, masking film, spray mask, and other sign making tools and accessories.