With new options constantly becoming available on the market, upgrading can seem like the best way forward to improvement on your current machine. Although the latest model of printers can boast more impressive capabilities than the past printers, they can end up causing issues than before, as the wrong printer can give users more trouble than almost any other part of their computer system.
This doesn’t have to be the case. With a little knowledge on how to clean a printer, you can avoid the paper jams and printing errors that often make printers so frustrating to use. Here are five tips for printer maintenance that can help you to keep your printer running smoothly and the print quality of your documents looking professional.
If you are required to open your printer to repair an issue, first of all turn off the power and make sure you keep your hands clear of hot fusers and moving parts in the printer. This will prevent unnecessary damage to the printer and to you! If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, please call us on 0203 302 8151.
Cleaning the Printheads
Once a printer has been in use for over 1 to 2 years, you’ve undoubtedly seen a print job come from printer with white lines running across the paper caused by missing ink, even though the cartridges are full. This is caused by clogged printer head that needs to be cleaned. Check out the manual that came with your printer on how to clean the printer heads on your particular model, many printers will self-clean with just a few clicks, but they can also be cleaned manually. Just be careful not to clean the heads more often than necessary, as the cleaning process will use some ink.
Cleaning Paper Dust and Toner
One of the most common problems is the build-up of paper dust and toner and other inside your printer, that will eventually end up causing a paper jam, as well as lines of ink that appear on papers where you don’t want them. One way to fix is to remove particles using a vacuum. This is preferred overusing canned air dusters because it removes the dust instead of spraying it around the inside of the printer. Another method is to use cotton swabs and purified water to clean the ink cartridges; most manufacturers will provide specific instructions in the printer manual. Please read them before doing this because there are some parts of the cartridge you shouldn't clean.