Getting the most out of your squeegees also means storing and maintaining them properly. Here are a few tips to help you maximize the quality and useful life of your squeegees:
1. Store squeegee blades flat, not in a roll. Long pieces should be cut to size, then stored flat.
2. Assembled squeegees (where the blade is mounted in the holder) should be stored so that the blade rests on the top end of the holder. A squeegee should never rest on the blade and the blade should never touch anything during storage.
3. Squeegees should be cleaned immediately after use to prevent accumulation of dried up ink. Neither the blade nor the holder should have any ink left after cleaning (dry ink near the edge of the blade will cause squeegee marks during printing).
4. Squeegees should not be left to soak in solvents. Although they are designed to withstand most solvents, soaking will cause temporary swelling and permanent loss of resilience.
5. Unsupported squeegee blades should be rotated at least every four to six hours during production to prevent permanent deformation of the blade.
6. Squeegees tend to age and harden over time. Do not use old blades that are 10 degrees (units of durometer) harder than their original designation. Such materials will perform unpredictably and will have minimum resilience and abrasion resistance.