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Will WD-40 damage my shredder even when used in small quantity?

Will WD-40 damage my shredder irremediably. I used a little quantity. Didn"T check about the oil beforehand. What to do?

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It should be alright. It's best to use actual lubricant sheets that you can typically get from stores that sell shredders.
Your best bet is to plug it in (being careful at EACH step) and try just a single sheet of regular paper in it.
I would run a few single sheets through, turn it off, unplug it, then see if the top of the pile is still wet from the WD-40. If not, then you should be good for standard use.

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