Preview: Jack’s Linseed Studio SoapJanuary 29, 2011
The first job I ever had was installing floors and countertops. For cleaning linoleum surfaces we used a linseed oil detergent, which was made by Lin-Sol, but I haven’t been able to locate any of that for awhile. Today I saw this “Linseed Studio Soap” from another compny on the art store shelf, so I brought some home to test out.
Based on the label information it’s distributed by the Jack Richeson Co. and made by Tri-Art, who are well-known for their acrylic paints. The label continues, “Safe – non-toxic – low odor. Made from naturally refined linseed oil and our own special blend of natural cleansers. This may be the world’s best brush cleaner… but it can also be used to clean your hands, floors, work surfaces, and much more!”
There’s not much information beyond that online, especially what the cleansers are.
When I opened the jar the contents appeared to have separated, so I took a stick and stirred it up some. It certainly has a linseed oil odor, but not anything strong or unpleasant. I placed some on my hands and it washed off easily with water without any oily feeling afterwards. I haven’t tested it out on actual brushes yet, but will be doing so soon and will give an update on the results. I’d also like to try it on mediums that contain resins or balsams.