Cleaning Your Copier

cleaning copier

Are there black lines or spots on your copies? Do you hate scanning because you never know what you'll end up with? Is it becoming a problem to use your MFP at all? Luckily, there's a painless solution. Don't get mad--get cleaning.

What You Need to Know

There are a lot of things that can cause imperfect scanning or copying, but the biggest culprit of black lines is an unclean machine. Tiny smudges or specks of dust can cause huge issues, and that makes documents look unprofessional and, in some cases, even unreadable. This is a clear sign that it's time to get cleaning--just as long as you have the right tools, the right knowledge, and the right plan.

#1: The Right Tools

First things first: you need to get equipment. You'll need water or glass cleaner--but never use ethyl alcohol, ammonia, acetone, or anything abrasive. Once you've got the right cleaner, grab two soft cloths, one for cleaning and one for drying.

#2: The Right Knowledge

When it comes to cleaning MFPs, there are a few important things to remember. To start off, you always need to use a cloth rather than applying liquid directly to the glass, because that can cause leaks that might damage the entire machine. Remember only to use the proper cleaner, and always be careful not to scratch or ruin the glass.

#3: The Right Plan

It's finally time to get cleaning. You'll want to make sure that you clean and dry carefully to prevent spots on the glass. It's also important that you clean all the glass on your machine, which, depending on the model, could include a narrow strip on the left. Finally, use a flashlight to make sure all the dirt and dust is off the glass, and you're done!

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