ANILOX CLEANING LIQUIDS:

Remove all built-up ink

The anilox is the heart of the flexo printing press and keeping it clean is vital for the print quality. To maintain high productivity and consistent print quality, you need to remove all build up ink in the cells to restore the cell volume completely.

For this purpose, Flexo Wash has developed a series of cleaning solutions for different applications. As every solution is suitable for removing all ink types, your method of cleaning determines which solution is the best match for you and your company.

Right solution for your needs

We always recommend washing your aniloxes in an automatic anilox cleaner as this gives the best result and preserve the quality of the aniloxes.

Depending on which machine you use we will guide you to the right liquid for your specific needs. Read more about our liquids for automated cleaning HERE.

However, we do also carry various liquids for manual cleaning if this is your preference or you need to surface clean your aniloxes in between printing jobs. Read more about our liquids for manual cleaning HERE.

Different ink types, different needs

Each ink type or combination of several inks require different specialized cleaning liquid. Below you will find our recommended products to clean each different type of inks.  However, we always recommend you contact our expert team for an in-depth evaluation of your specific needs.

Fill in the contact form below for individual guidance based on your specific needs. 

Liquids for automatic cleaning

UV based inks

For low migration inks - we recommend:

Anilox Plus Cleaner C

 

FW Anilox Deep Cleaner 3S

The cleaning liquid is developed to deep clean aniloxes and gravure cylinders in the Flexo Wash machine. It is a water based strong alkaline liquid based on special surfactants. It is formulated to loosen the dried ink in the cells of the anilox. The liquid is corrosive to light metals, e.g. aluminium.

 

Easy to send liquids (non-dangerous goods/no ADR) - we recommend:

Anilox Plus Cleaner C

 

Alu-safe - we recommend:

FW Anilox + Cleaner TNG

Highly efficient anilox cleaner for all ink types. Medium alkaline it will not harm the alu-parts of the aniloxes. No ADR restrictions make transport easier and cheaper.

 

Solvent based inks

We recommend:

FW Anilox Deep Cleaner 3S

The cleaning liquid is developed to deep clean aniloxes and gravure cylinders in the Flexo Wash machine. It is a water based strong alkaline liquid based on special surfactants. It is formulated to loosen the dried ink in the cells of the anilox. The liquid is corrosive to light metals, e.g. aluminum.

 

Easy to send liquids (non-dangerous goods/no ADR) - we recommend:

FW Anilox Deep Cleaner C

This liquid is developed for customers who are in need of smaller quantities, who wish to order the product for testing or who prefer to avoid ADR restrictions.
The cleaning liquid is developed to deep clean aniloxes and gravure cylinders in the Flexo Wash machine. It is a water based strong alkaline liquid based on special surfactants. It is formulated to loosen the dried ink in the cells of the anilox.
The liquid is corrosive to light metals, e.g. aluminum - please be aware that anilox sleeves must be cleaned using sealed adaptors with end caps.

 

Alu-safe - we recommend:

FW Anilox + Cleaner TNG

Highly efficient anilox cleaner for all ink types. Medium alkaline it will not harm the alu-parts of the aniloxes. No ADR restrictions make transport easier and cheaper.

Water based inks

We recommend:

FW Anilox Deep Cleaner 3S

The cleaning liquid is developed to deep clean aniloxes and gravure cylinders in the Flexo Wash machine. It is a water based strong alkaline liquid based on special surfactants. It is formulated to loosen the dried ink in the cells of the anilox. The liquid is corrosive to light metals, e.g. aluminum.

 

Easy to send liquids (non-dangerous goods/no ADR) - we recommend:

FW Anilox Deep Cleaner C

This liquid is developed for customers who are in need of smaller quantities, who wish to order the product for testing or who prefer to avoid ADR restrictions.
The cleaning liquid is developed to deep clean aniloxes and gravure cylinders in the Flexo Wash machine. It is a water based strong alkaline liquid based on special surfactants. It is formulated to loosen the dried ink in the cells of the anilox.
The liquid is corrosive to light metals, e.g. aluminum - please be aware that anilox sleeves must be cleaned using sealed adaptors with end caps.

 

Alu-safe - we recommend:

FW Anilox + Cleaner TNG

Highly efficient anilox cleaner for all ink types. Medium alkaline it will not harm the alu-parts of the aniloxes. No ADR restrictions make transport easier and cheaper.

Mixed inks

UV/Water mixed inks - we recommend:

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Water/Solvent mixed inks - we recommend:

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Solvent/UV mixed inks - we recommend:

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Liquids for manual cleaning

UV based inks

We recommend:

Quick Clean

Quick Clean is very good for cleaning of UV based and solvent based inks. It is the most environmentally friendly solution for manual cleaning of aniloxes that Flexo Wash have in the portfolio. It can replace many of the very aggressive manual cleaners on the market. The liquid contains DPM. It is a liquid that smells very little.

Quick Treat

Quick Treat is very good for cleaning of UV based and solvent based inks. The liquid contains Diacetone alcohol.

Buster

Buster is an aggressive alkaline liquid. It is very good for cleaning all types of ink. It contains Potassium hydroxide.

Solvent based inks

We recommend:

Quick Clean

Quick Clean is very good for cleaning of UV based and solvent based inks. It is the most environmentally friendly solution for manual cleaning of aniloxes that Flexo Wash have in the portfolio. It can replace many of the very aggressive manual cleaners on the market. The liquid contains DPM. It is a liquid that smells very little.

Quick Treat

Quick Treat is very good for cleaning of UV based and solvent based inks. The liquid contains Diacetone alcohol.

Buster

Buster is an aggressive alkaline liquid. It is very good for cleaning all types of ink. It contains Potassium hydroxide.

Water based inks

We recommend:

Buster W

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Buster

Buster is an aggressive alkaline liquid. It is very good for cleaning all types of ink. It contains Potassium hydroxide.

Cleaning tools

Steel Brush

Use the steel brush if you have heavy layer of inks to remove. The brush can be used after you have applied the manual liquid to the anilox.

Brass Brush

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Holder for aniloxes

By placing the aniloxes in a holder you avoid damaging the aniloxes when you clean them manually. 

Sponge

Use the sponge when you apply the manual cleaning liquid. In this way you make sure the liquid enters the cells.

ANILOX QUIZ

Test your anilox cleaning setup

Answer less than 20 questions about your procedures for anilox cleaning and get our expert advise for potential optimization right away.

Let us guide you!

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