Instructions how to use Bubble Jet Set
2000 and Bubble Jet Rinse
are on the label of each bottle -- it will never get lost. Below is summary of
the recommended steps with an occasional editorial addition by Sharla Hicks.
DO NOT heat set in the dryer or using an iron, it does not work. When
ironing to remove wrinkles, simply use your normal heat settings.
Fabrics to use with Bubble Jet Set 2000
Use ONLY 100% cottons and 100% silks. As with
all fabrics and printouts, do a small test first using the ink cartridge
(see information about generic ink cartridge below) and fabric you will be using
on the final product.
prewashing is required but if you are going to prewash your fabric, do so for
the test also.
Not every fabric holds the ink equally, so doing a small test
sample will prevent you from wasting precious resources and lose creative time.
oz. will do a 81/2" x 11" sheet. A 32 ounce bottle can do between 50-60
sheets. When doing multiple sheets at a time, the liquid may stretch even further.
- Note: You can
reuse the left over Bubble Jet Set until the last drop is gone. It is important
to remember to put the top on the bottle after you have finished using it.
Fabrics can be cut to printer size first or cut afterwards.
1. Soak 100% cotton or 100% silk fabric (NO polyblends
or other fabric combinations) in Bubble Jet Set 2000 for 5 minutes. It
does not matter what kind of container you use for soaking. It can be either a
flat pan or a bowl. Reports from some users state that they feel they save liquid
by applying BJS 2000 directly on the fabric while it is laying flat on something
like a cookie sheet -- one customer said she had excellent results by using a
zip lock bag.
2. Air dry fabric. Some report success with letting
it hang to dry, others report that they keep it flat on a towel to dry .
3. In a RUSH to start printing? Aren't we all.Manufacturer states that
a blow dryer maybe be used to dry the soaked fabric.
Iron your fabric smooth with regular fabric setting for fabric type, then apply
to freezer paper for stability to run through printer.
the shiny side of the freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric.
5. If not precut to size, do it
now, cut fabric to paper size accepted by printer.
6. If you have multiple settings for ink, the Bubble
Jet Set Rep states the highest quality printout will give the greatest penetration
of fabric fibers resulting in a brighter printout.
Generic Inkjet Cartridge: The Bubble Jet Set Rep recommends
that the setting time needs to be longer for success, perhaps 24 hours would be
a good idea.
We have had 2 reports of generic cartridges for Inkjet
printers that have bled when using BJS. So our suggestion is to do a test
with the 24 hour setting time and then decide. If the test is not successful (fading
and bleeding), we recommend using brand name inkjet cartridges that are more stable.
7. Send through printer, this may require some careful watching
as not every printer likes the heavier thickness. Some find running a folded over
piece of tape along the edge that feeds into the printer is helpful. Test without
tape first, because it certainly is easier.
Let the fabric printout set for 30 minutes.
If using generic inks, increase the setting time to 24 hours. When the process
is complete, TEST for colorfastness because we here at Soft Expressions have had
2 reports of generic inks that have bled.
To remove excess inks from printout, peel the freezer paper from the printed fabric
and do a 3-5 minute vigorous wash in COLD water and final rinse of printout
by hand or washing machine. NOTE: If excess ink is not removed, the inks will
IMPORTANT for washing machines:
There have been reports that some washing machine's agitation is
too strong and is pulling the inks off the surface of the fabric when doing
the final wash and rinse. If you have unexpected fading when using the washing
machine, then use hand washing and rinsing.
product developer is currently doing tests with major washing companies to determine
how they effect recently dyed items. They have found some cases where fading is
the result of strong washing machine agitation. If this is your problem, then
please wash by hand and your results will be great.
Hand Washing: DO NOT stop moving the fabric. Keep up a vigorous washing
and rotating of the printout in the cold water for 3-5 minutes. Please time.
Jet Rinse to be used for the WASH:
If washing by hand, use
2 caps or 1 oz. in large container or sink.
If using the washing machine:
For small washing load, use 2 caps or 1 oz. of Bubble Jet Rinse. Larger loads,
add 4 caps full or 2 oz. of Bubble Jet Rinse in the washing machine when washing
What is Bubble Jet Rinse and
how does it work?
- Do a final
rinse in cold water.
- After completing the REQUIRED final wash and
rinse of the printout, test for colorfast.
much color loss should I expect when doing the after-wash of the Bubble Jet Set
It is very important to understand results may vary depending
on what type of printer you may have. The Bubble Jet Set distributors have tested
many different brands and have found that Cannon gives the least amount of color
lost compared to any other printer. However, this also depends on what mode you
print in because if your printer has the capability to put more ink on the fabric
then your image will appear to be brighter. Simply the more ink the printer can
put on the fabric the better the picture will be. Not all printers have this capability
and it assumes it is printing on paper. The fabric will absorb most of the ink
and it will appear to have faded but in reality the fabric is heavier than paper.
IN ALL CASES the manufacture testing on all multiple brands of printers
has found nothing greater than 10% loss.
FAQs About Bubble Jet Rinse
Bubble Jet Rinse is excellent for STOPPING the Bleeding Dyes in Fabrics
- Fading - Spotting - Removing Waxes - Removing Knitting Oils and Removing Mill-Dirt
from all types of Yarns and Fabrics!
Bubble Jet Rinse?
Bubble Jet Rinse is mild detergent that does not
have any harsh chemicals like sodium carbonate, perfumes or bleaches which are
primary reasons why fabrics fade after washing. Bubble Jet Rinse is perfect
for direct ink and dye applications like inkjet printers and copiers.
does Bubble Jet Rinse work differently than detergents?
Rinse does NOT pull ink and dyes off fabric like detergents thus, Bubble
Jet Rinse prevents dye removal in aftercare wash or fabric prewashing.
Washing with Bubble Jet Rinse does just the opposite of detergents because when
it comes in contact with the dyes molecules on the fabric, it creates a stronger
chemical bond between the inks/dyes and the fibers in the fabric. This helps to
prevent the dyes from being pulled off the fabric and slows down fading in printouts,
fabrics and quilts.
Why use Bubble
Jet Rinse when washing Bubble Jet Set Printouts?
Inkjet printouts made
permanent by using the Bubble Jet Set solution are still more delicate than regularly
dyed fabrics, thus it is even more important to retain the bonding between the
ink dyes of the printout with the fibers. Using Bubble Jet Rinse in the wash adds
a longer life to the printout by creating additional chemical bonding between
the ink dyes and the fibers so they do not wash away with aftercare washings.
REMEMBER: Detergents attract the recently set inks in Bubble Jet Set
printouts thus hastening fading.
should I use Bubble Jet Rinse?
Because Bubble Jet Rinse is a washing agent
that can used in place of soap. It is good to use for the following:
We have had
questions about the toxicity of Bubble Jet Set.
The manufacturer statement
regarding this issue indicates that BJS products are to be treated as common household
products. It can be opened in the house and you do not need any special precautions
to use the product. But we recommend the use of rubber gloves and open windows
when using. The product is 85% water and contains many laundry detergent ingredients.
Your direct feedback about Bubble Jet Set 2000 and Bubble
Jet Rinse is wanted and listened to.
you have disappointing results, please contact the product developer below,
the information will be used when developing formulas and instructions for the
Feedback resulted in the new formula found
in Bubble Jet Set 2000 with its stronger bonding and shorter processing time.
Feedback brought the addition
of Bubble Jet Rinse to the product line.
Feedback about leaking caps has resulted the heat setting of
the caps to prevent leakage during shipping and storage.
If you have any feedback for the manufacturer, send it to: Jerome
Jenkins, C. Jenkins Neckties, 39 S. Schlueter Ave., Dellwood, MO 63135, Phone: