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Cleaning Your Copier - What to Do

Keeping your copier clean will avoid numerous visits by the copier repairman. You can learn to service your own machine and save a bunch of time and money.  You can get supplies from around the office, or you can get a copier repair kit that will have all you need within it.

  • First of all, it’s a good idea to have a vacuum cleaner available to use to vacuum up loose toner. Whether your copier is in a small home office, or in a larger company location, certainly a vacuum will be around to use.

  • Other supplies include a paintbrush (16 inches), some isopropanol, compressed air in a can, glass cleaner, lubricants and clean cotton cloths. When you get the isopropanol, ensure it is 99%. Most of those sold are less, so getting the isopropanol in a repair kit will solve this problem.

  • Vacuum around the copier to get up any toner spillage. Then vacuum the inside. Use the paintbrush to brush any excess toner inside the machine towards the vacuum nozzle as you vacuum.

  • Hard-to-reach areas can be cleaned out with the compressed air. But don’t attempt this until after vacuuming because otherwise toner will blow around.

  • Lubricating oil will be used to clean the lens shafts, scanner, slide rails and the pads. You’ll find you get less jams after you use the oil.

  • Use the glass cleaner and cotton cloths to clean the scanning glass. You want the softest cloths possible so as not to get even a minor scratch on the glass.

Additionally, a great way to save money is to purchase compatible and remanufactured toner for your copier. offers high quality copier toner in OEM, compatible and remanufactured versions, and you can save money with all brands.

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