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How Do you Clean Copier Glass? With...Windex!?

June 16th, 2017 | 3 min. read

By Gary Harouff


For years, we recommended NEVER using Windex – or any other cleaning product with alcohol – to clean the glass on your copier.

Our clients would sometimes even get annoyed at the recommendation – but it's just EASY to spray Windex, wipe, and be done.

True, but the alcohol in Windex could also dry out exposed belts. Not a big deal, right? Well, the belts are part of the system that moves paper through the machine. Dry belts don't work as well, are prone to breaking, and that means less productivity for you and more service calls for us.

That's changed.

Over the past few years, the design of Kyocera's copiers has changed so that the belts are no longer exposed.

Windex away. Gently. Here's how.

  1. Use a microfiber cloth. Paper towels leave behind paper particles. Those particles can degrade copy and scan quality.
  2. Don't use TOO much liquid – it'll streak and that's also not good for copy/scan quality.

HOWEVER, not all multifunction printers in operation will have glass that covers these belts. If belts are exposed, continue to use an alcohol-free cleaning product. 

Keeping your copier up and running longer means less calls to copier service  technicians. But how can you keep your copier hygiene up to par? (It doesn't even have teeth to brush!)

Clean the Control Panel Too

While you're at it, go ahead and clean those areas that people touch all the time – the handles, control panel, etc. It might not prevent everyone from catching the flu or a cold, but every little bit helps!

We recommend against using bleach wipes as they are often too wet and you don't want to risk the chance of liquid entering your control panel.

Using rubbing alcohol and your microfiber cloth, wet the cloth and wipe down the control panel, handles, and any other area that employees handle frequently. Rubbing alcohol dries quickly and with little residue, which is why we recommend using it.

There you are, two quick tips to keep your copier clean.

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Gary Harouff

As President and founder of AIS, I am passionate about growing our business and serving our customers. I'm proud that we are considered one of the fastest-growing companies in America. We have been named by Office Dealer magazine the elite dealer of the year and most recently by ENX Magazine as an elite dealer for 2017. Our partnership with Kyocera is strong and we have been an elite dealer for them. We recently became an authorized dealer of Xerox in their Document Technology Partner Program. Before founding AIS, I was President of Toshiba Business Solutions. I enjoy staying active, both physically and professionally. Charitable endeavors include: The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Safe House, Christian Children’s Fund as well as other faith-based charities.