Floor graphic can be an effective form of advertising or used in homes and commercial spaces. They can transform a space with unique designs and 3D illusions. In years past, floors were not considered an optimal place for advertising because print media could not stand up to the heavy wear of foot traffic. Thanks to advances in print media there is now a variety of floor graphic vinyl and other substrates designed specifically for floor surfaces including concrete, asphalt, wood, title, and carpet. See examples of how floor graphics can be used below:
Maintaining your large format printer ensures that jobs are completed on-time and prints are of the highest quality.
Updated: 6/14/2018 – Your wide format printer will only work well if it is properly maintained. When you rely on your printer for your business, regular maintenance is vital. It is the kind of thing best done preventatively and regularly, instead of waiting for something to go wrong.
To keep your wide format printer functioning well for a long time to come, follow these tips for print head cleaning and more. You will also find a well-maintained printer makes better prints!
Supplies for Printer Maintenance
Have these supplies in stock for maintenance and repair. Each one plays an important role.
- Gloves: Wear latex or nitrile gloves when performing printer maintenance. It is important to avoid direct contact with chemicals such as ink and cleaning solvents.
- Eye Protection: Similarly, safety goggles protect your eyes. Just in case printer ink or other solvents splash, you will be glad you have the coverage!
- Shop Wipes / Industrial Wipes: Paper towels are a must-have for quick clean up of any spills or messes.
- Print Swabs: Print head swabs are one of the most important supplies to have on hand. These are used to clean the hard to reach areas of your wide format printer. When you use print swabs you can extend the life of your print heads and improve print quality.
- Print Head Wipes: Use a polyester, lint-free wipe, with attributes similar to those of cleanroom wipes. Use these to clean print heads and other sensitive materials and areas of the printer.
- Spray Bottle: Use this for careful, accurate spraying of your cleaning solvent. You should always refer to your specific printer manual for acceptable cleaning solvents.
Referring to Your Manual
The manual for your printer will give you specific instructions for maintenance. This includes how often you should clean and maintain your printer. It will also let you know which supplies and cleaners suit your specific machine. While some of these products are universal, like safety goggles and gloves, others will change with your printer make and model.
Other Maintenance Considerations
Factors like the environment in which your printer lives impact maintenance and cleaning. Think about the operating temperature and humidity — higher or lower levels can change your printer’s efficiency. The cleanliness of the area also matters.
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Efficient advertising may be one of the best purchases to get folks to notice your company and branding. If you really want to get their attention, floor graphics can be ideal. Check out these helpful ideas to design eye-catching floor graphics.
Choose High Traffic Spaces for Placement
Select an area depending upon the purpose of your campaign or ad (hashtag promotion, location of a product, sale, opening announcement). Floor advertisements do not necessarily need to be placed close to a store or only work for brick-and-mortar businesses.
If you have a desire to promote a website or cause that targets locations in which your targeted audience spends time, floor graphics may be very effective. Keep in mind that they can work particularly well in places where folks stroll around with their heads down, listening to music or browsing their phones.
Stand Out Creatively
Innovative floor graphics will differentiate your business from the rest. Go for customized shapes, bold colors and short, clever copy to maximize the impact of every “impression.”
Keep it Brief
Keep your message direct and simple, depending upon the purpose of the floor decal. Think of the graphic’s size, the location, and purpose before deciding on the copy. Questions or general imperatives requiring instant action work best.
Use Contrasting Colors
Contrasting colors in design help to emphasize the portion of the message requiring the most attention. Also think about how to contrast colors in the design with the ones found inside the environment in which the floor design is going to be placed. Consider the type of floor and color ahead of time.
Make Quality Your Best Ally
Choose a floor graphic made from quality materials. The best selection is going to be one which offers a slip-resistant layer. High-quality may be measured through durability, so pick an option that is going to stand the test of time for the remainder of your campaign.
Design two-dimensional or three-dimensional floor graphics
Concentrate on visually-appealing graphics, as well as strong supporting elements. Two-dimensional and 3D floor graphics will attract more attention because consumers are surprised and appreciate a special product presentation. Two-dimensional and 3D floor graphics are usually more appealing and attractive than flat, traditional floor graphics, yet the design ought to really fit your marketing goal.
ENFIELD, CT – DaVinci Technologies has added two new and innovative products from AlumiGraphics. The products are designed for long-term indoor and outdoor floor and wall surfaces. Made of pliable aluminum foil, these product are easy to install and no not require an overlaminate.
AlumiGraphics SILVER SMOOTH features a stunning silver metallic surface and is designed for outdoor and indoor rigid wall graphic applications. It’s made of durable aluminum foil that can withstand harsh weather environments. Since this material is pliable, it is perfect for conforming to rough surfaces such as brick, cinder block, stucco and other masonry materials. Like other products from the AlumiGraphics line, no overlaminate is needed – simply print and install. This cuts down install/production time by 25%.
AlumiGraphics GLOW GRIP – AlumiGraphics® Glow Grip is a “glow-in-the-dark” foil-based print media designed for textured floor surfaces. It is ideal for indoor and outdoor floor graphic applications. It can be applied to sealed and unsealed concrete, asphalt, brick, tile, terrazzo, marble, vinyl flooring, and a variety of similar rough surfaces. No overlaminate is needed for this product. AlumiGraphics Glow Grip has a slip-resistant surface that meets ASTM slip resistant standards. It has a 1 year expected outdoor life performance.
Both products join the award-winning AlumiGraphics line of aluminum foil based print media. For more information, visit: https://davinci-technologies.com/product-category/manufacturers/alumigraphics/
About DaVinci Technologies
DaVinci Technologies provides solutions for the digital wide format printing industry ranging from equipment and general purpose media to innovative specialty media for unique applications. Their product line ranges from HP Latex Printers, Finishing Equipment and Inkjet Media to cleaning solutions designed specifically for the printing industry.
Learn how to create and install amazing floor graphics avoiding solvent wait time and laminating right away with no delays. In this video, you will see demonstrations for printing and cutting indoor and outdoor floor graphics and the correct media to use.
Why is it important to use an overlaminate for floor graphics?
Although there are a variety of floor graphic media types that do not require overlaminates, however most standard vinyl require lamination to be suitable for floors. Using overlaminates provides protection against scuffing, abrasion, moisture, and UV light. This important protective layer will seal the graphic, making it suitable for heavy foot traffic. Overlaminates also make the image pop and add depth to the graphic.
These overlaminates are specifically engineered for use with pressure-sensitive floor graphic films and meet or exceed various public safety requirements and industry standards for slip resistance.
MACtac offers several overlaminates specifically designed for floor graphic applications:
MACtac® PermaFlex PF6400 – 3.75-mil clear, glossy, textured, and slip resistant polyolefin film. Perfect for any indoor application.
MACtac® PermaFlex PF6500 – 4.3-mil textured vinyl
MACtac® PermaFlex PF6300 – 5.0-mil clear vinyl ﬁlm with a textured lustre ﬁnish that helps eliminate glare and provides a very unique and pleasing viewing surface. Perfect for any indoor application
PERMACOLOR® FloorGrip PP6600 – the ONLY ANSI/NFPA B101.3 certified laminate on the market. 6.0-mil clear matte polycarbonate film
For more information on overlaminates by Mactac, contact DaVinci Technologies
5 examples of stair graphics:
This 3D floor graphic advertisement was commissioned by Lech Beer of Poznań, Poland. The graphic is situated in an outdoor patio setting and was installed on concrete using Alumigraphics GRIP. Made of pliable aluminum foil, the product features a 1 year expected life performance. It is designed to withstand heavy foot traffic and harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow, and exposure to sun. This product features built-in characteristics that eliminate the need for an overlaminate.
panoRama CourtWrap is a new high-performance floor graphic print media specifically designed for athletic surfaces such as basketball/volleyball courts. It is ideal for a variety of smooth, flat indoor surfaces including painted metal, glass, tile, sealed concrete, sealed wood, etc… When used with panoRama CourtWrap Protect, a non-slip ASTM D-2047 & R10 certified textured laminate, these products are the ideal floor graphic solution for athletic surfaces.
Available in 54″ x 100′ rolls, panoRama CourtWrap is easy to install, remove, or reposition. It is made of durable 8 mil polyester (PET)/vinyl, making it ideal for long term applications. panoRama CourtWrap has an application of 6-12 months when used indoors on floors and 24-36 months for wall and window applications.
panoRama CourtWrap Protect is a 4.7 mil textured vinyl laminate featuring a permanent, clear, acrylic adhesive and a 63gsm siliconized paper liner. It is offered in 54″ x 100′ rolls, and is ASTM D-2047 & R10 certified (slip resistant), a key feature for floor graphic media.
Architectural wraps utilize space on walls, floors, and windows a create a dramatic visual experience. They can be an especially effective form of advertising and an attention-grabber for retail settings, trade shows, restaurants, museums, exhibits, and residential spaces. The following images provide examples of how architectural wrapped are being used to transform interior spaces.
Floor graphics need to withstand scuffing from heavy foot traffic, moisture, and other environmental elements such as UV exposure. Choosing the right overlaminate is an important step for most floor graphic applications.
Important attributes to consider:
Durability: For heavy foot traffic, choose a film in the 4-6+ mil thickness range.
Safety: Look for a laminating film that is slip resistant and will meet various safety standards required for public applications such as ASTM C-1028.
For more, see Overlaminates for Floor Graphics