In the year 1983 there’s the development of the cleaning card for card readers in America. This card was not protected by patent and was distributed by head computer products, the predecessor to clean team company. The cleaning card produces friction whereby the cleaning step is done.

Today cash machines (ATMs) are an indispensable element of monetary transaction. People are increasingly dependent on these machines, both for depositing and receiving cash. The performance of ATMs can be negatively affected by various defects, often caused by dirt build-up. So the cleaning card is so important nowadays. With that concept it is possible to clear the magnetic heads and/or the chip reading contacts in the card reader without any complicated working steps like to dismantle the components for cleaning. No service technician has to be phoned, each person can do the cleaning with these cleaning cards.

Cleaning cards are used for the cleaning of magnetic heads or the chip reading contacts in a card reader, both of these can be found in tip-readers or a motorized readers. Especially, these cleaning cards suppress completely rejections of cards by cleaning of these components which are responsible for transactions. Particularly for outdoor devices like cigarette, ticket vending machines or ATMs, dirt will lead to a reduction of the card reading function.

Actually with indoor devices, without any cleaning, a card rejection rate from 0.2% to 0.5% is noticed already after 1 month without cleaning. A card reader, in for example a cash machine, is suited with a tip-reader or a motorized reader. Now you have to differentiate between card readers which implement magnetic heads, chip reading contacts or both. For all kinds of situations DISKO has developed a special cleaning card to clear the electronic components for the reading function.