Looking After Your Printer And Getting The Best Results
By Simon Williams · October 7, 2016
Just like everything else you own such as your car or a piece of kitchen equipment, your printer needs looking after and maintaining too. Regularly checking it over and taking the right steps to look after your printer can ensure everything is working as it should, and that you are getting the most out of it! Printers are generally reliable machines but they still need a bit of TLC to avoid problems.
Printer Maintenance Guide
LOOKING AFTER YOUR PRINTER AND GETTING THE BEST RESULTS
Following some simple steps and remembering advice given by your printer manual could be the difference between prolonging the life of your printer and cartridges; you’ll want the best quality print outs and results, so here’s how to get it!
INK CARTRIDGES HAVE A SHELF LIFE
While it might seem logical to stock up on cartridges, seeing as you’ll probably always need them, it’s worth remembering that some ink cartridges have an expiration date. Over time, air ingestion and water evaporation can cause the ink to change, which can have a negative impact on the print quality.
The expiration date on your ink cartridge simply warns you that this adverse effect will occur after that time, enabling you to maintain a high print quality and letting you know that you probably need to change the cartridge!
USE GENUINE INK CARTRIDGES
Using genuine ink cartridges can have a huge impact on the quality of your printing. Buying cheap ink or toner cartridges can hinder the performance of your printer, while genuine cartridges can provide consistency and uncompromised print output every time. A more reliable choice, genuine cartridges can yield more pages and get the very best out of your printer.
PRINT A TEST PAGE
If you haven’t used your printer in a while, or you have just replaced the cartridges, it is worth printing a test page. Not only will this make sure that everything is working properly, it can also pick up lint, dust or stray toner.
Remembering to do this will help to pick up any problems that your printer might be having. You might also want to invest in a small vacuum cleaner to get rid of any extra dust; remember to use a vacuum cleaner and not an air blower, otherwise dirt could be pushed to the back of the printer!
GENTLY SHAKE NEW TONER CARTRIDGES
Before you replace your toner cartridges, it might be worth gently shaking them. While this sounds like an odd tip, it can actually prolong the life of the toner and redistribute it so that your print outputs are evenly printed. It’s very possible that the powder in your toner cartridges has become lodged while they have been stored, and shaking them can loosen it up ready for printing.
CHECK THE PRINT HEADS
Overtime the nozzles oh inkjet printers can become blocked, which can lead to streaks or generally poor colour when you are printing. Cleaning the print heads can help stop such problems; there might be an option for this on the control panel of your printer, but check your manual. Doing this can mean that the nozzles are delivering the ink properly.
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