How to Keep Your Laminator Working Like Brand New
Laminating grew in pandemic! As new forms of teachings are being implemented inside classrooms, halls, and workplaces around the country. Also, as schools reopen expect that new materials will be printed and laminators will be working 24/7. That implies clogged laminators, chewed-up work, and a lot of hassles. But don't worry; we've compiled a list of helpful hints to maintain your laminator jam-free and working smoothly.
1. Invest in a high-quality, purpose-built laminator.
The function of your laminator (other than to laminate!) may be more significant than you realize. The one that has been specifically developed for your needs will always be the greatest. A personal, home-use laminator wouldn't be able to withstand a day's worth of use in a crowded school office, and a heavy-duty laminator could only complicate your arts and crafts hobby.
2. Maintain a level and sturdy surface for your laminator...
A sturdy and leveled table for your laminator may greatly help you in lamination. That means more stable process and easy rolling for the rollers of your laminator. It could also reduce bubbles and air pockets when laminating.
3. Make sure there's room for documents to exit behind your laminator.
Surprisingly, shaking your laminator and providing it a rough place to sit on won't help, nor will leaning it against a wall. Allowing adequate space behind your laminator for documents to leave with plenty of room can reduce the likelihood of your laminator jamming and ruining your documents.
4. Think about investing on a good Pouch Jacket.
A pouch jacket will not only prevent your papers from being lost within the laminator, but it will also safeguard the machine. Laminating pouches frequently leaks through the pouches when they are laminating, resulting in malfunctions, lackluster lamination, and, possibly, unexpected jams
When laminating little pieces of paper or partially full pouches, Pouch Jackets come in handy since they prevent ‘wraparounds,' which can clog your laminator and result in costly repairs.
Pouches constructed of long-lasting materials, such as Teflon, are recommended.
5. Always read the operating instructions for your laminator to see what temperatures are suggested.
There are always guidelines online to help you figure out what temperature to use based on what you're laminating, but it's always a good idea to stick to the instructions in your laminator's instruction manual because temps vary by make.
Make sure you know the weight of your paper, the thickness of your laminating pouch, and any other instructions that came with your Pouch Jacket, because it's generally advised that you raise the temperature by 15 to 30 degrees when using one.
6. Always put the sealed end of your paperwork first...
The purpose of the sealed end pouch is that you could always use it as a guide for your lamination and if you put it first it will always make the lamination easy and sturdy.
7. Don't try to push documents into the laminator or put them at an angle.
Taking a few additional seconds to laminate each time will help you avoid damaging your documents and your laminator. Inserting papers at an angle or with the open end first will almost always result in folded and/or wrinkled documents, as well as a jam.
8. Turn off your laminator when it has cooled down.
It's tempting to turn your laminator off at the wall and rush away with your neatly presented documents, especially when you're busy, but this isn't always good for your laminator's rollers. The temperature dial on a good quality laminator will offer a cold setting, allowing you to assist your laminator cool down.
To keep your laminator operating smoothly, we recommend setting it to ‘cool' for around 15 minutes. Always refer to your laminator's specific operating instructions before you begin laminating because each machine is different and will frequently come with a set of firm "Do's" and "Don'ts" that you should follow.