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Tips for Paper Folder Maintenance

By Angela Altomare March 26, 2019

Paper Folder Maintenance

  MBM 93M Manual Paper Folder Learn how one of the basic yet essential parts of paper folder maintenance. Despite the best practice of letting the paper folder sit for two to three hours after printing to let the toner dry, toner accumulation on the folder rollers is unavoidable. Kyle Mitchell of Whitaker Brothers demonstrates a simple step-by-step process of wiping off toner from the folder rollers of the 93m paper folder model using roller cleaner that even non-technical people can do.

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Cleaning the Folder Rollers

Whitaker Brothers prides itself on technical knowledge, which is why roller cleaner is a must have for optimal paper folder maintenance. Despite the best practice of letting the paper folder sit for two to three hours after printing to let the toner dry, toner accumulation on the folder rollers is unavoidable. Using roller cleaner is as essential to running a paper folder as getting your oil changed regularly is for your car. Before you start the process of cleaning the folder rollers, make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area because of the roller cleaner’s strong smell. Other materials you need include pair of gloves and a sponge.
  1. Remove fold plates to expose the folder rollers. For manual models, simply pull them out as seen on this video for MBM 93M Tabletop Manual Paper Folder maintenance. For automatic models, unplug the device before pulling them out.
  2. Put on your gloves.
  3. Shake the canister of roller cleaner then spray liberally onto the yellow side of the sponge.
  4. Wipe the sponge across the folder roller surface.
  5. Rotate the folder roller and wipe the sponge across the newly exposed surface. Repeat as necessary to wipe the toner off.
  6. Repeat the process for all the remaining folder rollers. Most paper folders have at least three rollers to take care of.
  7. Make sure to wipe off the primary drive tire as well.

A more technical way to clean the folder rollers is to remove the rollers themselves. Note that every paper folder is different in the way you actually remove the folder rollers.  

Roller Cleaner Versus Rubbing Alcohol

Some recommend using rubbing alcohol to clean the folder rollers. That will get off the toner in the short term but in the long term, the rubbing alcohol is so strong and pungent that it’s going to get into the core of your rollers. Eventually, probably over the course of about a year, it’s going to cause cracks that go all the way down the length of the folder roller. Since these rollers comprise about two-thirds of the value of your average paper folder, you don’t want to do anything that shortens their life. For more information about MBM 93M Tabletop Paper Folder, click here.

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