How to Clean a Card Reader

Card readers can be found in a number of varieties, including EMV smart card (chip and pin) readers, POS credit and debit card readers, ATM card readers, mobile payment solutions and access control/hotel door locks. Use a cleaning card once per week to help avoid misreads.

By not cleaning, you risk increased:

  • Embarrassing equipment malfunctions
  • Slower transactions and long lines that will frustrate your customers
  • Higher transaction fees and potential fraud due to manual entries
  • Decreasing employee efficiency
  • Increased costs associated with equipment service or exchange
  • Making a poor first impression with dirty equipment



How to Clean a Card Reader