Cleaning for the Retail Industry

The Retail Industry, including big box chains, department stores, grocery and convenience stores, gas stations and independent shops, use a number of devices. Our Retail Industry collection gives you the technical cleaning products designed for POS, EMV, kiosk, time clocks, ATM’s, gas pumps, security access card readers, sensitive screens, and receipt and label printers to maintain operational efficiency and reduce downtime. This keeps your lines moving and customers happy!

Best Practices

Cleaning specialized retail devices on a regular cleaning routine aids in operational efficiency, reduced service calls and longevity of the equipment. Based on the manufacturers recommendations and customer feedback, we suggest the following best practices for best results:

Retail Industry Sample Kit

Each kit contains specially designed cleaning products for equipment common to the Retail Industry.

Kit Contents (1 of each):

  • Bill Acceptor Cleaning Card *
  • Card Reader Cleaning Card *
  • Electronics Cleaning Swab (6in/152mm)
  • Ingenico Card Terminal Cleaning Card *
  • MICR/Check Reader Cleaning Card *
  • Screen Cleaning Wipe
  • Thermal Printer Cleaning Card (2in/51mm) *
  • Thermal Printer Cleaning Card (3in/76mm) *
  • Thermal Printer Cleaning Card (4in/102mm) *
  • Thermal Printer Cleaning Pen

* features patented Waffletechnology®

Card Readers

Clean once per week. Clean more frequently after periods of high usage.


Clean more frequently after periods of high use or in areas prone to an excess dust, weather and grime. Failure to clean frequently can cause system failure, device downtime and customer frustration.

Dirty Device Symptoms:

  • Card rejection
  • Reader error
  • Repeated swipes

MICR / Check Readers

Clean every 2000 scans or at least 3-4 times per month.


Clean more frequently before and after periods of high use such as seasonal shopping periods when ink builds up more quickly.

Failure to clean MICR and check readers often can make an automated system into a manual entry system increasing processing time, fraud risks and customer dissatisfaction.

Dirty Device Symptoms:

  • Poor image quality
  • Rejected checks
  • Failure to read

Thermal Printers

Clean with every media roll change or at least twice per month.


Clean more frequently after periods of high use.

Printers become dirty from “paper dust”, ink and adhesives as well as environmental contaminants such as airborne grease particles. Cards, wipes and pens clean the printhead and build-up on the printer's rollers.

Dirty Device Symptoms:

  • Paper jams
  • Poor print quality or print voids
  • Illegible receipts

Bill Acceptors

Clean each time you empty machine or at least twice per month.


Clean more frequently before and after periods of high use.

Money is exceptionally dirty and can cause device misreads, bill slippage, operational failure, loss of revenue, and extreme customer frustration if not cleaned properly.

Dirty Device Symptoms:

  • Bill rejection
  • Misreads
  • Device downtime / out of order