Resistance to Water:
DIGITUFF PRO is resistant to tap water, saline and pool water splashes or immersion. The material will withstand wet scribing using HB or softer pencil leads and can be rubbed / wiped repeatedly (200+ wipes) with non- abrasive cloths without damage. Suitable examples of cloths are micro-fibre cloths or cleaning cloths, which are semi-disposable, non-woven, general multi-purpose cleaning cloths manufactured from 50% viscose / 50% polyester.
Resistance to beverages:
DIGITUFF PRO is resistant to non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, tea, fruit juices, milk and soda, such as Coca Cola® and Sprite®. The material will withstand splashes and immersion without damage. Certain beverages will stain the material surface. Stains can be removed by immersing the material in a bleach solution (please refer to bleaching procedure below).
DIGITUFF PRO is resistant to alcoholic beverages such as beers (c. 5% abv) and wines (c. 12% abv). Such beverages will stain the material surface but will not damage it. Stains can be removed by immersing the material in a bleach solution (please refer to bleaching procedure below).
DIGITUFF PRO is resistant to spirits such as vodka (c. 40% abv). The material will withstand splashes or immersion and can be subsequently wiped. However, it is important that non-abrasive cloths are used when wiping dry. Abrasive materials such as 3M™ Scotch-Brite™ scouring pads or synthetic steel wool will damage the material surface.
Resistance to condiments:
DIGITUFF PRO is resistant to condiments such as tomato sauce, mustard, oils and vinaigrettes. In the event of splashes, the excess can be removed from the material surface with a non-abrasive cloth. Dried material can be removed by re-wetting with a damp, non-abrasive cloth. In many cases a stain may be apparent. Stains can be removed by immersing the material in a bleach solution (please refer to bleaching procedure below).
Resistance to cleaning materials:
DIGITUFF PRO is dishwasher resistant. Dishwasher detergents such as Finish® PowerBall® (a mixture of phosphates, bleaching agents, surfactants and enzymes) will not damage the material surface. Toner images may show signs of bleaching / fading, however.
Domestic dish detergents such as Palmolive® are suitable, for cleaning. Their materials nominally contain a mixture of ethanol, glycol and surfactants.
Domestic anti-bacterial surface cleanser sprays such as Dettol™ (an aqueous solution of surfactants) are also suitable.
Abrasive Cleaners such as Jif™, baking soda and oven cleaners will damage the material surface. Strong alcohol-based cleaners such as rubbing alcohol (70% Isopropyl alcohol) and methylated spirits (c.
95% ethanol and c. 5% methanol) can be used with caution but the surface must be wiped with nonabrasive cloth. In the event of a splash it is recommended that the material is allowed to dry naturally. Prolonged immersion of the material in such cleaners will damage the coating / imaged surface.
White Spirits will damage the imaged area and it is recommended that the affected area is immediately immersed in warm soapy water for 5 minutes, before drying.
Industrial / Hospital cleaning materials typically have 50%+ alcohol content and should be used with care. Wiping with a nonabrasive cloth will not cause a problem, but prolonged immersion may cause the imaged areas to soften. Allowing materials to dry will result in a recovery to full robustness.
Hospital disinfectant products contain quaternary ammonium compounds and acetic acid. The manufacturer recommends diluting with water to low concentrations (c. 1.5%). At the recommended concentration, there is no damage to the coating or imaged areas.
Domestic bleach (containing sodium hyperchlorite with up to 10% active chlorine and surfactants) are excellent cleaners and useful for removing stains. We recommend diluting thick bleach with tap water to a 1:1 ratio.
Stained DIGITUFF PRO should be immersed in the bleach solution and allowed to stand. In the majority of cases 90% of a stain can be bleached with 10 minutes immersion. To fully remove stains, we recommend 2 hours immersion.
DIGITUFF PRO can be left in a bleach solution for longer periods without damage to the material surface. Once removed from the bleach solution, the material should be rinsed thoroughly with tap water and dried with a non-abrasive cloth.
While there is no special protection or precautions identified for using bleach products under directed consumer use conditions, we strongly recommend the following measures:
Hygienic Practices: Avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothing. Wash hands after direct contact. Do not wear product-contaminated clothing for prolonged periods.
Engineering Controls: Use general ventilation to minimize exposure to vapor or mist.
Personal Protective Equipment: Wear safety glasses. Use rubber or nitrile gloves if in contact with liquid, especially for prolonged periods.
Resistance to consumer DIY products
DIGITUFF PRO’s coated surface is itself resistant to white spirit, but imaged areas are not.
Paint / Varnish removing compounds such as Nitromors® (a mix of Methylene Chloride and Methanol) must be avoided.
Resistance to motor trade products
DIGITUFF PRO will withstand Petrol and Diesel splashes only. In the event of a splash it is recommended that the material is allowed to dry naturally. Immersing the material in petrol will damage both the coated and imaged surface. Immersing the material in Diesel will damage the toner image.
Brake cleaner (GEN 456) will not damage the surface of imaged and non-imaged areas, it quickly evaporates leaving no mark.
DIGITUFF PRO is resistant to motor oil, Castrol™ lubricating grease and maintenance sprays such as WD-40® (a proprietary blend of mineral spirits and oils). In the event of splashes, the excess can be removed from the material surface with a non-abrasive cloth. A greasy (glossy) stain may remain. This can be removed by immersing the material in warm soapy (dish detergent) water for c. 2 hours and drying with a non-abrasive cloth.
Brake fluid (typically glycol ether blends) will damage the imaged surface, if the imaged surface is splashed with brake fluid it is recommended that the surface is immersed in warm soapy water immediately, for 5 minutes, before wiping or allowing to dry naturally.
Resistance to other industrial materials
Caution: DIGITUFF PRO is resistant to hydraulic fluid. DIGITUFF PRO is resistant to aviation fuel, but the imaged surface is softened. DIGITUFF PRO is resistant to cutting oil and degreaser. Strong oxidising agents / highly corrosive materials such as Hydrogen Peroxide, Hydrochloric acid, Nitric acid, Sulphuric acid and Sodium Hydroxide should be avoided.
Aggressive solvents such as Acetone, Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Ethyl Acetate and phenolic solvents should also be avoided, whilst the non imaged surface has resistance to splashing, the imaged areas will soften and bleed. The surface affected surface should immediately be immersed in warm soapy water or be allowed to dry naturally without wiping.
DIGITUFF PRO is resistant to Ammonia solutions (25%-35%).