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Copier/Printer Toner Spillage

DO NOT USE HOT WATER to clean a toner spill. Toner is created with polymers that use heat to melt the text to the page. Using a hot liquid to cleanup a spill just fixes it to the surface. Use cold water and cold cleaners. If on clothing, clean off as much as possible and machine wash in cold water.

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black tinting or scumming on pages


HP has a cleaning page that can be created to help remove toner build up on the fuser roller and I believe one for the drum also. Print "Menu Map" to find the cleaning page quickly. These are the two areas that need to be cleaned to help eliminate the "scumming". I would also look inside the device after removing the print/toner cartridge and if you have the toner wipes, remove any toner spillage inside. please do not use paper towels as they shred too easily and will mess up the transfer roller.

Apr 05, 2016 | HP Laserjet CM 1312NFI Color Printer

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My printer is suddenly printing faint, mostly on the right side of the paper.


The high voltage supply is not working right. That is what forms the toner on the paper. The fuser wire gets hot and melts the toner to the paper. You need to have the power supply looked at.

Feb 17, 2016 | Brother MFC-7460DN

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Sharp Al1655cs copier black smudge down center of page about as wide as a pencil


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Sounds like a fusing error . If your able to wipe the toner off the page its a fuser unit problem (replace fuser unit).

Also clean the copier's paper rollers. Marks on copies will occasionally be the result of a dirty paper-rolling mechanism. Simply access these rollers (your photocopier will likely have a plaque or series of signs indicating the locations of these areas) and wipe them off.

Clean the copier bed's glass plate. One of the most common causes of blemishes in photocopies is a dirty glass plate. In some cases a permanent mark, such as a scratch, will be present on the plate, showing up in every copy as a dark line or spot. However, most problems attributed to the glass plate can be fixed by wiping the plate with a soft towel and common household glass cleaner.

Clear any excess toner that has spilled or overflowed in the toner cartridge chamber. Excess toner will almost always result in blemishes on your copies. The most effective means of cleanup is to remove the toner cartridge and set it aside, thoroughly cleaning up any spilled toner in the compartment before putting the cartridge back in place.

Check for low toner levels. Low toner levels can actually contribute to unsightly lines and blotches on a photocopy. Most photocopiers will automatically indicate the need to replace an empty or low toner cartridge; while the toner is low, these models will permit continued copying. Consult your photocopier's instruction manual or key to warning lights and indicators for how to tell if the toner is low or empty.

Aug 03, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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when I go to print it starts beeping and telling me to check waste toner box?


The waste toner box is located on the right hand side of the printer. There is a door/cover that opens up on the right side. It is a milky white plastic container. Check to make sure it is there and installed properly and the door is fully closed. If all that is correct it my be full.

There should be a new waste toner container in the toner box (along with a toner). The toner and waste toner are normally replaced at the same time.

If you don't have a new waste toner container you can tray emptying the one that is in the printer BUT be very careful. The toner is a fine powder and can get all over if spilled. If you ever spill toner never use water or any other liquid to try and clean it, that will just turn it to a liquid ink.Brush it off your cloths and vacuum it up.

If you do try and empty the container and the machine continues to tell you it needs to be replaced it can be because there is still toner on the inside of the toner container and the sensor is seeing it there.

I hope this is helpful,
Shawn

Jan 29, 2011 | Kyocera Mita FS-3820N Laser Printer

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I HAVE TONER ALL OVER PAPER WHEN IT PRINTS OUT


If the toner is loose, and you can smudge it with your fingers, then it is a fuser error. The fuser is the hot roller at the back that melts the toner onto the page. If the toner is not loose but the page just has a kind of grey dusty background which cannot be rubbed off with your finger then the problem could be a dirty transfer roller or a dirty cartridge. It could also be dirt in the optics if it is used in a dusty environment. Cleaning the lenses with a clean dry cloth should clear that up.

Apr 28, 2010 | Brother HL-5240 Laser Printer

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