So on one of those bright sunny days, you find yourself cleaning after a toner mess, halfway through the day and you are contemplating calling it quits. Perhaps, you got unlucky and messed the printing room with toner! If that is nearly a description you can relate to, then this article is for you. It’s about how to prevent toner spills, and what to do when it does spill.
On a good day, not necessarily, sunny the printer prints magic. However, on a rare occasion, you are treated to a mild drama that is equivalent to humans throwing tantrums. But do not worry, help has just arrived. Read on.
So what do you do when toner spills?
For starters, you need to clean up the mess using a dust towel. You are spoilt for choice as far as towels are concerned. Take your time, clean all the places with the towel. The good thing about specialized dust towels is that they can be used multiple times over. Look for all the places that have the Brother DCP-L2550DW toner spilled over including the desktop screens, printer, and fax machines.
Why you should consider your printer as an investment?
In most cases, a printer is a piece of equipment that serves a noble task. Most importantly, it helps the day to day running of a business. In other instances, printer(s) are the only revenue making equipment, especially in the printing business.
In both cases, they should be regarded as investments that require all the right attention and care. If the owner of the printer takes good care of the printer they will reap great benefits. In short, a printer that is well maintained will serve you for longer periods. Think of it as your golden goose in its entire lifespan.
The regular office guy might know the way around the printer but it’s important to contact a qualified technician for deeper maintenance and care. To achieve this you need to invest accordingly. Remember to clean the exterior and interior of your printer.
How do you handle large spills?
When bombarded by a large Brother DCP-L2550DW toner spill, requesting for back up is the right thing to do. Call your repairman ASAP. If it’s your first time experiencing such a spill, then you can search for a qualified technician through search engines!
One of the recommendations for cleaning toner is to vacuum the particles. However, the regular vacuum is at a disadvantage because of the size of the particles. The vacuum might blow the bag without tangible success. On the other hand, a 3M vacuum is ideal for such a delicate process. It traps the particles through its specially designed filters.
Handling toner on covers and clothes
There are places that the towel might not be thorough. You can creatively clean such places through the use of a piece of paper and little brush. You simply use the paper as a dustpan then sweep the toner particles on the piece of paper. Then fold it and throw it away in the trash bin. You can continue to clean the rest with a dust towel.
If the toner has spilled over your clothes you should not use water or any other liquid to clean it. Warm water sets the toner since its heat sensitive.
It gets interesting, try to softly brush the toner using your dust towel. Clean the remaining toner with dry cloth. If you have a washing machine nearby throw it in for further cleaning. If not, just wait till you get home later on.
If you get the toner spilled on your carpet, you can use the regular vacuum cleaner to finish the job.
How to clean the inside of the printer?
You should be careful when cleaning the inside of the printer because of a sensor level. You use the towel to clean. You can use a flashlight to help you see the places that have toner spills. Although, you can always clean the inside of your printer as a preventive measure.
The prevention mechanisms
Most Brother DCP-L2550DW toner spills occur when opening. It is highly recommended that you shake the toner well before installations. This allows the toner to expand and flow well. To avert spills on crucial elements, you should open the toner over a trash can with a linear.
Also, remember to place a towel underneath your toner when removing it. It tends to spill over the cover during removal. If it spills on the cover of the printer you should make sure you clean it because if it reacts to the heat, it will stick permanently.
If you take good care of your printer it will serve you better. The printer needs to be serviced regularly to ensure it serves you for longer.