A tool that you would often encounter in window cleaning, as well as in screen printing is the squeegee. This is formally defined as a scraping tool which has a rubber blade. It is used to clear the air out and embed designs in shirts for screen printing, and is also used to fully dry windows in lieu of a lint-free cloth. The aluminum handle squeegee is the more preferred type of squeegee compared to that of wood, due to a lot of reasons. With that said, what are some of the things you should consider when getting a squeegee to use for whatever purpose?
Handle/Parts Made of Stainless Steel
If you choose to use a squeegee with a steel handle, make sure that it’s made of true stainless steel. Using a stainless steel squeegees are better to use in times when you expose the squeegee to wet or watery areas on a regular basis, as using of wood handles could cause mold to grow, given that the varnish would eventually be washed off.
Blade Made of Polyurethane
One of the common problems of a squeegee is having blades that are too tough. If used on windows, chances are the windows could be scratched, and for screen printing, the layers might come off and leave shards of hard plastic onto the screen, which could, in turn, affect the print quality, leaving damages to the printed design.
Just the Right Size
This is most especially true when you are making use of the squeegee in screen printing, as of course, too large of a size would be difficult to use on t-shirts, and too small of a size could cause too much of an effort, as well as wasted time, either for window or screen printing use.