This is how you clean your epoxy workspace

When working with epoxy, it can get quite messy. Spilled epoxy, pigments and full mixing cups mean you have a dirty workplace in no time. In this article we give you 5 tips for a clean workspace!

  1. Keep your skin, hair and clothes clean.
  2. Protect your workspace.
  3. Remove epoxy (from hands and surfaces).
  4. Clean mixing cups.
  5. Dispose of empty epoxy bottles.

1. Keep your skin, hair and clothes clean

Keeping your skin, hair and clothes clean is one of the most important topics in this article. Epoxy can be a treacherous material and is not meant for skin contact. It is therefore important to always work with the right protective equipment.

For working with epoxy, we recommend wearing nitrile gloves. Make sure you always have more gloves on hand. That way, you will always have a spare pair if the first pair breaks (the material is wafer-thin). Make sure you use nitrile gloves because only nitrile gloves offer full protection against epoxy. So do not use latex gloves. Moreover, always work with old clothes or an apron and make sure your hair does not come into contact with epoxy. This is because epoxy is difficult to get out of clothing and is also not good for your hair. Finally, it is advisable to wear safety glasses.

Want to read more about safety while working with epoxy? Then read our article: “Working safely with Epoxy

2. Protect your workspace

Protect the surface of your work area well while working with epoxy. You will see that drops of epoxy will regularly fall onto the table. To prevent this, we therefore recommend covering the table you are working on with cling film. This keeps the table tidy. After use, simply throw away the cover foil.

For small jobs (such as making jewellery or coasters), you can use a silicone mat as a table mat. Epoxy does not adhere to silicone and when the epoxy has hardened, you simply wipe it off the mat. You can then reuse the silicone mat again. Ideal!

3. Remove epoxy (from hands and surfaces)

Did epoxy end up on your hands or a drop of epoxy on the table? Make sure you remove it immediately to avoid irritation. For removing epoxy, we sell RESION Cleaning Wipes. These special wipes clean epoxy very well, so that the surface no longer sticks and you can easily brush the resin off your hands.

Have you spilled larger quantities of epoxy? Then use acetone or vinegar to clean the surface. Note: do not use this to clean your hands.

4. Clean mixing cups

Do you use plastic RESION mixing cups and find it a waste to buy new mixing cups each time? Then just let the remaining epoxy cure in the mixing cup. After 1 or 2 days, you can gently press the epoxy out of the mould. It may help if you leave the mixing spatula in the mould.

Tip: use a silicone mixing cup to make your epoxy in. Epoxy does not adhere to this cup and after curing you can remove the leftovers from the mould very easily.

5. Dispose of empty epoxy bottles

We hear you thinking "where can I dispose of my empty epoxy bottles?". If there is a small amount of epoxy left in the bottle, you have a few options.

  • Pour over epoxy
    Planning to work with epoxy again? Then you can carefully pour the leftovers over into a new bottle. Just make sure you pour the epoxy into the right bottle.

  • Throw away epoxy
    Uncured epoxy should be disposed of in the chemical waste. As soon as the epoxy has fully cured (after about 1 week) and there is no longer any chemical reaction, you can dispose of it with your normal rubbish. Note: never pour liquid epoxy down the sink or down the toilet.

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