Two Tips To Protect Your Scanner Against Common Problems

Your business’s scanner may be an essential tool for its daily operations. However, it can be easy for you to make some simple oversights that can lead to problems with your scanner. To help ensure that your scanner avoids some common damages and problems, you should keep the following couple of care tips in mind.

Keep The Scanner’s Glass And Rollers Clean

The scanner’s glass and rollers can accumulate large amounts of dust over the time that you have the unit. This dust can come from the surrounding environment and the paper that is being fed through the machine. As a result, you will need to regularly remove the dust from the glass and rollers. Failure to do this routine maintenance can cause your images to gradually degrade in quality as well as the rollers being far more likely to become jammed.

To clean the glass, you should wipe it with a microfiber cloth. These cloths are soft enough to be able to safely remove dust without leaving behind scratches on the glass. Cleaning the rollers will be slightly more complicated as you will need to remove the hatch to the feeder tray. The exact steps for this will vary from one type of scanner to another, but this information can be found in your owner’s manual.

Protect The Scanner Against Power Surges

Power surges can pose a serious threat to your scanner because it relies on a series of delicate internal components. However, it is also possible for power surges to travel between the wire that connects the scanner to the computer, which can cause further damages. While some individuals may assume that these surges only occur during strong storms, it is possible for a powerful surge to be sent into your business from natural electrical fluctuations and routine maintenance to the power grid.

To protect your scanner from this type of damage, you will need to be sure to plug it into a power strip that is able to protect against power surges. If you make the mistake of using a power strip that lacks this protection, your scanner will be extremely vulnerable to these surges.

Getting the most from your company’s scanner will require you to make sure to protect it against common threats. More precisely, keeping the device clean from dust and protecting it from the damages that can be caused by electrical surges will help you to ensure that your scanner lasts for as long as possible.  

Author: Ismael Caldwell

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