How To Properly Oil A Paper Shredder

Oiling a paper shredder is critical part of keeping a paper shredder up and running. It is important to remember that a paper shredder has a shredder head full of cutting blades and knives. These blades, when shredding paper, rub against each other.

As with a car’s motor, the metal-on-metal friction creates heat and wears down the shredder. Oiling a shredder is easy, yet will dramatically increase your shredder’s lifespan. Here are a few easy steps on keeping a shredder properly oiled.

Shredder Oiling Steps

1. Oil the shredder every time you change the bag.

2. Put shredder oil on a sheet of paper, preferably in a zig-zag pattern that goes the entire width of the paper. Remember you want to try and oil all parts of the shredder, from edge to edge.

3. Run the oiled paper through the shredder for a few seconds.

4. Once the paper has run through the machine, run the shredder in “reverse” mode for 5-10 seconds.

5. If it has been a while since you last oiled your shredder, it isn’t a bad idea to repeat steps 2-4.

If access to the shredder blades is easy, you can squirt the oil directly across the blades and run the shredder in reverse for 5-10 seconds. This does an even better job than oiling the shredder with oil-coated paper.

Aerosol shredder oil should only be used on shredders that specifically say it is OK as aerosol oil has been know to cause fires in unapproved shredders. Also be aware that WD-40 and cooking (vegetable) oil cannot be used as they will eventually accumulate in the shredder head and cause sludge and paper to gum up the machine.

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