How to Clean Copier Drum Lines on Copies

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How to Clean Copier Drum Lines on Copies
It isn't always the drum that can cause lines on your copies (business woman image by Mat Hayward from

When you see lines on your copies, it could be a dirty drum or several other common causes. There are several areas of your copy machine that may need cleaning, from the glass plate to the brushes that wipe across the paper. If you clean the simple areas and still see the lines, then it will be time to clean the drum.

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Things you need

  • Mylar Brush
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Lint-Free Towels

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    Clean your platen glass. This is the imagining area of the copier. Having a dirty platen glass can cause black streaks across your copies. Use isopropyl alcohol and lint-free towels to thoroughly clean the glass.

  2. 2

    Sometimes, dirty or extra toner can get caught in the exit area where your copies come out of the copier. There are usually fine, soft brushes that sweep away dirt particles from exiting copies. These brushes can get dirty. Remove them by gently pulling them away from the copier and clean them with mild soap and water. Replace them after they are fully dry.

  3. 3

    Call a certified technician to examine your fusing section. The fusing section is prone to dirt and toner build up and can create lines across your copies.

  1. 1

    Unplug the copier.

  2. 2

    Identify the drum unit. A copier drum is round and has a shiny appearance.

  3. 3

    Clean the drum with the mylar brush to gently remove any dust of surface dirt.

  4. 4

    Test the copier for copy quality. If there are still lines on the copies, continue to the next step.

  5. 5

    Clean the drum with isopropyl alcohol and lint-free towels. Let the drum dry completely before plugging the copier back in and turning it on.

Tips and warnings

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  • The surface of the drum is very sensitive and easily scratched or damaged. Be sure to remove any rings or watches before beginning any drum work.

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