A former tenant in a rental unit I'm working on left several spots in two
rooms, and before I try a random shot at it, I'd appreciate any advice from
someone who's been there and done that.
use a heppa filter and keep on emptying the bag or canister and
eventually it will go away.. if you use a reg. vacuum it will probably
go right though the bag filter and you have the mess all over the
place... we pulled out the cartrige on a very large copy machine one
night at work.. about one gallon of the powder wall all over the place..
lucky the floor was a smooth tile.. a shove and broom got most of it
up.. and later some water sprinkled on the floor and a wet mop and
bucket got the small residue after about twenty moppings, and going
outside a hosing the mop off alot of times.....
if its on a carpet you got to go for the vacuum, how about a wet vac???
If you haven't already tried the other methods, use a wet-dry shopvac with
about 2-3" of water in the bottom. When the shopvac takes up the toner the
particles will adhere to the water surface and won't escape the filter. This
should get up the bulk of the toner.
After you've gotten most of it up and residual toner can be deal with by
dampening the surface and vacuuming.
For laser printer toner, try to vacuum it out. If you try any liquid type
cleaner, do not use any hot water; the toner melts under heat and you may
set it into the carpet.
The only times I've had toner spills I've had luck with a vacuum cleaner.
I worked for a governmental agency which had hundreds of laser printers of
various sorts. And spills of toner were pretty frequent. Normally extreme
vacuuming would get out the marks although most vacs did not manage to trap
the super-fine particles in their filters very well. I can remember one case
in which a full toner cartridge from a large network-type printer was
dumped and I believe they finally had to call in a commercial cleaning
company to get the residue up. The company knew what to do since, with so
many copiers and laser printers in use, such cleanups aren't so uncommon.
It can be vacuumed up, but the manufactures of toner recommend only using
vacuums designed for toner.
This is for two reasons: It is a very fine powder that can blow past a
standard filter and then you end up with
a bigger mess and it can get in the bearings of a vacuum and damage it.
However, if the spots are small, it should
not be a problem.
It can be washed out with *cold* water. Any heat will melt it and set the
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