How to Clean Your Fax and Copier - dummies

By Gill Chilton

Fax machines and copiers are pretty low-maintenance and can get by on dusting every few weeks – but only if the paper you process through them is clean as well. Faxes and copiers get dirty inside when they process pages that are dusty or greasy. So check before you feed sheets through.

Keep your machines clean by not using stick-on notes. Detaching these immediately before making a copy or sending a fax results in fresh glue residue left behind on the paper, just waiting to transfer onto your machine.

If you can’t stop the sticky-notes habit, at least get into the new one of rolling the side of a pen over afterwards to collect up some of the tackiness that would otherwise dirty your machine.

Dirty glass on the copier screen slows down the machine’s performance and, when it gets particularly grubby from fingerprints, smudges, and stray hairs, some features may not work correctly.

So do a visual check now and again and when the glass needs a clean, turn the unit off at the plug and use a soft sponge slightly moistened with a non-abrasive glass cleaner. Dry with a lint-free cloth to prevent spotting.

Never spray cleaner directly onto the glass or get your cloth too wet. Liquid may seep under the glass and damage the unit. And, don’t use a paper-based cleaning wipe – it may scratch the delicate backing.

You can clean faxes that take copier paper any old time you like. But thermal faxes – those that use rolls of paper rather than sheets – are best cleaned when you change the roll of paper. Simply brush inside with a soft, dry brush