Technology has always made life easier, but it must be adequately maintained. The same is true for printers. Printers require regular updates, cleaning, and maintenance like other office supplies. With these complete guides, you can take care of your business or home printer even if you are not an expert.
QUICK DOS AND DON’T
- Don’t overfill the paper tray and avoid them from getting damp
- Use the proper consumables, such as paper and cartridges.
- Every printer experiences some wear and tear over time.
- A printer is a sensitive machine, so handle it with care.
- Turn off the printer before opening it and avoid touching the moving parts.
Checklist for printer maintenance:
- DON’T SKIP THE MANUAL
First, read the handbook before installing your printer. This little book contains all of the information you need about your printers, such as components, installation, warranty, and more, to ensure the printer’s longevity. In the event of a problem, a printer handbook will instruct you on how to troubleshoot it before someone arrives to service your printer. In addition, it will save you from voiding the product’s warranty.
- CLEAN INSIDES & HEADS
Like how clean clothing looks on you, clean printers print beautifully for you. After usage, a printer should be thoroughly cleaned and protected. It has sensitive sections that become dusty. Clean it from the inside at regular intervals to avoid dust and dirt collection. Cleaning should be done with a lint-free cloth or a wet cotton swab. It would be best to wipe the print heads with warm water to ensure a smooth flow of ink. Avoid damp tissues for this purpose, and allow the head to dry before reattaching cartridges.
- CARTRIDGES SHOULD BE PLACED AND REPLACED
Refilling your ink cartridges is vital for keeping your printer running well. Because replacement cartridges are pricey, individuals use cheaper ink, causing the printer and printing quality to suffer. So, always buy branded and high-quality cartridges to preserve your printer and prints in good shape. Another factor to consider is the time for refilling. Don’t wait for the ink to dry. When the printer alerts you to a low cartridge level, replenish them. With dry cartridges, the printer head is more likely to be damaged. Also, before replacing the cartridges, read the instructions. For quality printing, avoid touching cartridges from below and choose high-quality ones that are not too fragile to handle.
- TURN IT OFF
When not in use for an extended period, turn off the printer. It will extend the printer’s life and ensure that the cartridge does not dry out too quickly. As a result, the printer’s head will become clogged, and keeping it on continually might wear out other elements. A printer needs to be utilized regularly, or else the ink nozzles will quickly dry up, resulting in streaky printing. The printer would meet the needs of a company owner daily; however, if you are not a frequent user,
- KIT FOR MAINTENANCE
It is a good idea to spend some money on an excellent maintenance kit. It contains instruments for maintaining your printer, such as cleaning materials, rollers, and so on. It is pretty handy for those using the printer for a long time.