How To Keep Your Scanner In Top Shape
One of the most useful tools that someone can own, besides a computer, is a scanner. They allow us to scan documents, photos, etc. to save on our computers for a later use or to print right away. But taking proper care of your scanner is essential to keep it working.
Here are some useful tips to make note of to ensure that you are successful at maintaining your scanner.
- CLEAN IT ON A REGULAR BASIS
One important thing to do with scanners is make sure that you clean them on a regular basis. It's recommended that you clean it once a week.
The most important area to clean is the scanning area itself, which involves lifting the cover and lightly wiping the glass, using a glass cleaner and paper towel. You also will want to use a feather duster around the entire scanner itself in order to get rid of any dust that may build up. You may also use a cloth dampened with either water or a mild detergent.
Do not use such solutions as rubbing alcohol, paint thinner, or any kind of organic cleaner to clean any part of the scanner, as these kinds of solutions can cause discoloration or damage to the scanner. There is also the chance that you will create a fire or electric shock hazard.
- DO NOT SCAN ANYTHING WITH STAPLES
People scan many different documents every day, and most of those documents contain staples. If you find yourself needing or wanting to scan something similar, make sure that you remove any and all staples first, as staples can cause damage to the scanning area in the form of scratches and cracks.
- REMOVE ALL DUST AND OTHER PARTICLES FROM INSIDE THE SCANNER
When scanning documents or photos, you always want to ensure that the inside of the scanner is clean and free of any dust and particles.
A useful tip to ensure that this happens is to use canned air, which can quickly get rid of any and all dust that may be on the inside of the scanner.
Another useful tip to make note of is to unplug the scanner once you finish any kind of large scanning job and use canned air to clear the inside of the scanner of any dust, as this can build up following a large scanning job of any kind.
These are just a select few of the useful tips to consider when it comes to making sure that your scanner is constantly cleaned and well-maintained.