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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:32 pm

A dust free environment... what works best for you?

Hi Guys,

Just wondering what works best for you for a dust free environment. Moving premises and will now be setting up a separate print room, just never had the space before.

What is your current set up?

Would a laminate floor mopped daily or a carpet floor tiled area hoovered daily work best? I'd imagine a carpet tiled floor but just to hear some opinions.

Been operating out of a small workshop and can't wait for the extra room!

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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:36 pm

cushion vinyl flooring is best in my opinion, from B&Q or the like..
it doesnt hold dirt and dust which can scratch prints if not on a take up system. , reduces static charge and is easily swept or mobbed to clean. it also helps reduce the cold coming up from the floor if your floor is concrete.

remember and have two wall fans, one bringing in air and another extracting air.
obviously if you have a latex machine its not required but its still good to have the option to purify the rooms air.
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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:59 pm

laminate ... i had carpet once, messed with the printer
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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:24 pm

Flooring

Tiles Tiles Tiles

Easy to move equipment on wheels
Great for heavy machinery
Solvents dont affect it
Easy to clean
Doesnt matter when you spill ink
Laminate has an inherent static problem and stains badly
Carpet holds dirt and stains badly
Lino/cushion floor cuts and stains

Fans to outside are essential
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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:57 pm

Adrian, i get where your coming from mate, but...
to lay tiles you have to have a perfectly level floor.
there for floor screeding maybe required or wood leveling. either can be expensive.
you then have costly expense in buying substantial tiles that will hold heavy equipment without cracking.
you must also buy non-slip for health and safety at work reasons.
you will then have a costly installation fee.

cushion vinyl floor is far less temperamental and can easily be DIY fitted.
it is also cheap as chips to buy in.
it wipes and cleans very easily. i am not sure why there should be any "cuts" in it as its for a print production room. as for stains, its wipes very easily, even if in the off chance you have an ink spill, a paper towel and some machine flush and it wipes right back off.
tiles also hold the cold...

anyway, i guess its self preference at the end of the day... :D
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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:21 pm

LOL

LOL Bought a car showroom tiles were already laid

But we do have a room with laminate in it and the static is "Electrifying"
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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:41 pm

Re: LOL

Adrian Hewson wrote:Bought a car showroom tiles were already laid



Ahhh... well you do know that would be termed as "cheating" :wink: :lol1:
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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:20 pm

We're lucky, our room where we house the printer already had tiles and they are easy to keep clean etc.
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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:23 pm

Neil Davey wrote:We're lucky, our room where we house the printer already had tiles and they are easy to keep clean etc.


UKSB is full of cheaters! :wink: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:



honest, im not a poor loser. :oops: :lol1:
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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:30 pm

we are moving and it has a solid floor, to be honest I am not sure.

We have lino in print room now, makes it better.

In the tables room where most of the work is done it is carpet, causes havoc with laminating (dusty hairs). We do work with 'wet' method a lot (sorry rob) and the carpet helps with absorbing the water as we window-cleaner wipe the signs off, gallons of water end up on the floor, in the new unit it will be very slippery until we possibly change methods.
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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:40 pm

Robert Lambie wrote:
Neil Davey wrote:We're lucky, our room where we house the printer already had tiles and they are easy to keep clean etc.


UKSB is full of cheaters! :wink: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:



honest, im not a poor loser. :oops: :lol1:


You know what they say Rob....."if at first you don't succeed.....CHEAT!!!!!!!

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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:49 pm

Sharps

Rob your guys must be the tidiest ever. Mine drop screws, razor blades, scalpels double sided tape etc etc blah blah takes the cleaners hours at the weekends that's how Lino would get cut especially when the paper trolley rolls over the sharps. If you, were starting from scratch I think the extra for the tiles would be worth it in the long run
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Post Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:01 pm

Re: Sharps

Adrian Hewson wrote:Rob your guys must be the tidiest ever. Mine drop screws, razor blades, scalpels double sided tape etc etc blah blah takes the cleaners hours at the weekends that's how Lino would get cut especially when the paper trolley rolls over the sharps. If you, were starting from scratch I think the extra for the tiles would be worth it in the long run


our print room has nothing in it but printers, laminators and print media stock.
all trimming and finishing is done in another room as it reduces all the dirt and gumph we deal with in production. so zero tools used in production area...
newbie or not, housing soley for print production reduces the room size requirements and possible contaminants.
don't get me wrong, this sounds like i have a white clean laboratory, very much the opposite, but still...

as for whole print room floor surface....
you dont really need the whole room covered, but does help. however a metre out with the width of machine and severel at front/back is plenty to reduce static build up etc.
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Post Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:34 pm

Ha, thanks for the advice everyone. If its inexpensive and works I'll always go for that option.

Now just to find the right place, viewed three locations so far and all not remotely what I'm looking for, we'll see!
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Post Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:43 pm

Neil Davey wrote:You know what they say Rob....."if at first you don't succeed.....CHEAT!!!!!!!

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:wink: :lol1:
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Post Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:08 am

Polyurethane coated concrete floors around here.

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