How to eliminate smudging on glossy copy paper

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How to eliminate smudging on glossy copy paper
Important documents or photographs can be ruined by fingerprint smudges. (copy machine image by Mat Hayward from

Glossy copier paper is used when printing in high resolution or when a document requires a professional touch. The glossy surface of this type of paper is ideal for accurately depicting detail and a wide range of colours and tones. The sensitivity of the gloss finish is both a pro and a con: it yields professional print quality but requires delicate storage and handling. Fingerprint smudges and grease stains are much more noticeable on glossy copy paper, but eliminating them is easy.

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Things you need

  • Disposable food service gloves

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  1. 1

    Wash your hands with soap and warm water. This will remove any food grease or excess oil on your fingers and decrease chance of smudging.

  2. 2

    Put on your disposable food service gloves. Avoid touching the outer fingertips of the gloves with bare hands.

  3. 3

    Lift the glossy copy paper up by its edges. Gently insert it into the copier machine or printer.

  4. 4

    Perform your copying or printing job. Insert more glossy copy paper if necessary.

  5. 5

    Remove the paper from the machine by the edges. Allow the ink to air dry fully before handling it. This will help reduce the chance of ink smudging as well.

  6. 6

    Discard your food service gloves. Use a new pair each time you perform a copy or print job.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are experiencing ink smudging problems, switch to an inkjet printer. Laser printers tend to cause excessive smudging on glossy paper.

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