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Roller Maintenance

Posted on 10 December 2015

If you put a little bit of time into looking after your laminator, you will not only increase its working life but also ensure the quality of your work will stay A+

It goes without saying that the rollers and their general condition are the single most important part of any laminator. Once damaged, they will create imperfections that can only be fixed by replacing them. Glue build up from film is the number one cause of roller damage so keep them clean to avoid this.

Most roll laminators are cleaned with the following products:

Kerosene: for hot laminators with rubber type rollers (silicon, edpm, nitrile). The oil base also helps rejuvenate the rubber while cleaning.
White spirit: for steel/chrome rollers and non-heated rubber rollers.

Heat helps to soften glue build-up enabling it to removed quicker, so to make cleaning easy heat the machine to normal operating temperature, remove the film from the machine and then set it rotating for several minutes to really get the rollers hot. Using a Chux type cloth (as they tend not to leave lint behind) and your chosen cleaning fluid, stop the rollers and clean the accessible area, then rotate the machine a little to get to the next section. Be patient and thorough, keep your cloth wet and change it regularly. Don't forget to clean the heat shoes as well!

Helpful Tip: As this can be a smelly job, it may be better to schedule your cleaning for Friday afternoons to limit workmate complaints!! However, there are low fume alternatives such as Qlam's LIMP35 Citrus cleaner, which we have in stock.

 

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