How To Oil a Shredder

An office shredder is an important part of your routine.It is inevitable that you will need to oil the machine at some point, depending on the type of shredder and how often it is used.Paper dust can coat the blades of your paper shredder.You can keep your shredder maintained with a few simple steps.

Step 1: A piece of paper is placed on a surface.

Place a sheet of paper on a surface that can be cleaned from oil.If oil spills on this surface, make sure it isn’t damaged.

Step 2: Obtain approved oil.

Purchase the recommended oil for your shredder.Different shredders use different oils and will usually sell the oil where you bought it.Canola oil is a substitute for oil if you are using an old and/or out of warranty paper shredder.Canola oil can be used instead of the oil produced by some brands to save money.

Step 3: The oil should be applied to the paper in a zigzag pattern.

The oil should be spread over the paper in a zigzag pattern.It can get a little messy if you put too much oil or saturate the paper.Make sure the zigzags stretch from side to side.

Step 4: The paper shredder should be turned on when shredding the oil-covered paper.

The paper should be shredded through the machine.The oil will coat the blades when the paper is shredded.This keeps the shredder running.If paper is creased or damaged, it may cause a malfunction in the machine.

Step 5: To absorb the excess oil, add a few more papers to the shredder.

To absorb the extra oil left on the blades, pass a few more pieces of paper into the shredder.

Step 6: Obtain oil that is approved by the manufacturer.

Purchase the recommended oil for your shredder.Different shredders use different oils and will usually sell the oil where you bought it.Canola oil is a substitute for oil if you are using an old and/or out of warranty paper shredder.Canola oil can be used instead of the oil produced by some brands to save money.

Step 7: The shredder can be set to manual mode.

You can control the direction that the blades are rotating and the length of time that they are moving by setting the shredder to manual mode.This is needed for oiling the paper.

Step 8: The paper entry line has oil on it.

While the shredder is off, squirt a line of oil across the paper entry.Oil is put along the entire length of the blades.

Step 9: Run the shredder in reverse.

Start the paper shredder in the reverse direction and keep it going for a while.The oil is spread around the assembly.

Step 10: The shredder should be put back into automatic mode.

For normal use, restart the machine in automatic mode.

Step 11: Feed a few papers into the shredder.

To absorb the extra oil left on the blades, pass at least two or three more pieces of paper into the shredder.