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Roll Laminator Maintenance – Cooked / Baked Film Cleaning Tips

Roll Laminator Maintenance - Baked,  Burnt and Cooked Laminating FilmIf you own a roll laminator, you probably understand that proper maintenance and care are required to keep things running smoothly. No matter how hard you try, accidents may happen. One of the worst accidents that can occur with a roll laminator is overheating and baked laminating film.

Baked laminating film typically occurs when a roll laminator is left unattended for too long or the temperature is turned up too high. I can remember several years ago we used a Banner American Easy Lam II and someone turned the temperature up WAY too high. About 10-15 minutes later we all noticed a pungent, strong smell of burning plastic.

Upon entering the showroom, it looked like the laminator was on fire. It looked like an indoor laminator BBQ. There was literally smoke coming out the top of it. We quickly unplugged it and wheeled it outside the building. After an hour or so, we brought it back in. At that point the damage was clear. There was baked, charred and burnt laminating film all over the heating boots and rollers.

At first I thought the laminator was a complete loss. I figured there was nothing that could  done. Our talented Service Technician was able to breathe some life back into it and clean it up to a point that it was completely usable again. Here are some tips on cleaning up and fixing your fried roll laminator.

Removing Film – To begin with, do not use a knife or scissors to remove the burnt film. This WILL cause damage to the Teflon coated boots and the silicon rollers. If this happens rollers and boots will have to be physically removed and replaced.

One way to remove burnt film is to actually turn the laminator back on, but to a barely warm state. Basically turn the laminator on as low as it goes, or even let it be on for just a minute or two. This will help warm up glue and make it easier to peel off. Be careful when doing this though. You don’t want to burn yourself.

Cleaning Burnt Glue – Once the film has been removed, it is very important to remove the cooked glue. This must be done to renew proper operation. There are a few ways to do this.

Our Service Technician says she prefers to use Martin Yale’s roller cleaner and rejuvenator. This helps break down the glue and makes it easier to clean. This is her number one tip. You can find our roller cleaner rejuvenator here.

Laminator Cleaning KitsAnother tip is to use our laminator cleaning kit. These kits include Xenit foaming cleaner and other tools to help clean up rollers and Teflon boots. You can find our laminator cleaning kits here.

Try not to use rubbing alcohol to clean the silicon rollers. While rubbing alcohol can be used to break up glue and clean the Teflon boots, the alcohol can potentially cause the rubber rollers to dry out and crack, rendering them useless.

Once most of the glue has been cleaned, a non-abrasive cleaning pad, like a Scotch-Brite green pad, can be used to clean up excess glue and charred material. The pad needs to be non-abrasive though, or it can potentially damage the Teflon coating on the boots.

These are just a few tips. If you need a replacement laminator, you can find our entire selection of roll laminators here and roll laminating film here.

Good luck!

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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2 Responses to “Roll Laminator Maintenance – Cooked / Baked Film Cleaning Tips”

  1. Karen Says:

    Hi there. My name is Karen and I’m a primary school teacher at a medium sized school in Cambodia. Your article on Roll Laminator Maintenance was really very helpful, but due to my location it’s not possible to buy your special cleaning kit. I have a question which I’d really appreciate your help with.

    We’ve just had a laminating pouch get caught in our machine and despite my best efforts have ended up with film on the heating rod. We’ve got the bulk of it off, but I’m wondering if it’s possible to clean the rest of the heating rod so we can keep using the machine. What would you recommend using. I can get equivalent of the Scotch-Brite green pads but would it be OK to use 97% alcohol to clean the heating rod. Also would I do this with it warm or cold. The heating rod is white so I’m not sure what it’s made of. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated as we have no access to technicians who can service laminators here.

    I’ll look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Karen

  2. Dave Says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your laminator. By heating rod do you mean the rubber roller? If so, do not use alcohol on it as it will dry the rubber out and cause it to crack (thus ruining it). If you are referring to a metal heating element, a light cleaning pad and even alcohol would be just fine. I recommend you try contacting our Service Department for additional tips. You can reach them by going here. This includes a phone number and e-mail. Good luck!

    Dave

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