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Card Reader Cleaning

Maintaining card reader chip & swipe sensors is critical to retail success

Card readers are fundamental to retail and convenience stores, quick-serve restaurants, and financial institutions. These devices are constantly handled and need to be cleaned regularly, inside and out, to maintain their performance, and to protect
the health of your staff, customers, and brand.

Dirty technology leads to:

Transaction Failures – Inefficiency – Downtime – Health Hazards – Customer Dissatisfaction

Cleaning with approved materials designed for the specific application and following the process each device manufacturer recommends is the best way to keep your equipment operating at peak efficiency.

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Card readers should be cleaned routinely throughout the day and wipes should be made available for employees and customers to use as needed. They should be cleaned on a planned schedule.

  • For everyday cleaning use KIC Wipes with ClearDisplay™ as its gentle on technology and a highly effective cleaner:
  • For a pristine finish on touchscreens and displays, wipe down after cleaning with a lint-free microfiber cloth:


Critical components should be cleaned either weekly or monthly depending on environment and usage. Ordering the correct cleaning products and following the defined process that each manufacturer recommends ensures the most thorough cleaning. Many KIC products were designed jointly with each equipment manufacturer and often include patented design elements such as KIC Waffletechnology™ to ensure they clean all internal surfaces.

Card Readers

  • Ingenico: KWING-HSCB40
  • Verifone: KWV-HSCB40
  • Universal: KW3-AHSCB40M
    • How to Clean:
      • Insert and remove the cleaning card in the EMV slot like a credit card.
      • Flip the card over and repeat several times.
      • Slide the card through the mag swipe slot of the reader several times.