Staying Safe in the Office: How to Disinfect Your Copier, Printer, and MFP

Today, as we all adjust to a new normal, disinfecting your office equipment and shared devices, is essential. In your office, a common communal device is your printer. It’s the one device almost everyone will touch or use on any given day.

While common household cleaners are generally excellent germ killers, don’t use them on any electronic device. Here’s how we recommend you clean and disinfect your printer, copier, or MFP.

  • Power down and unplug your device. Leave it unplugged until you’re sure it’s 100% dry, then plug it back in and turn it on.
  • Never spray a cleaning agent directly on your device. Instead, spray a lint-free cloth, then wipe the device.
  • Don’t use cleaning products that contain bleach, ammonia, or harsh solvents. The best cleaning agent is a combination of 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% water to wipe down your machines.
  • Many antibacterial wipes are acceptable, however, squeeze them out before use to make sure they are not too wet.
  • Only use cloths or rags once. Then dispose of them.
  • Use only glass cleaner on plate glass, then wipe with a lint-free cloth.
  • Never use rough paper towels or cloths on glass plates or screens; they can scratch.
  • Always give your device plenty of time to dry before plugging it back in.