How to keep inkjet printer clean ?

  • How to keep inkjet printer clean ?

  • Follow each one of these steps :

    Turn off your printer. Make sure all parts have stopped moving and the power indicator light is off.

    Wipe down the outside of your printer. Using a dry, lint-free cloth, wipe down all the outer surfaces of your printer. Remove trays to reach all areas.

    Clean the inside. Open the panel used to access the ink cartridges. Use a dry cloth or air-duster to remove dust, dirt and scraps of paper. Wipe up spots of ink as well. Be careful and avoid making physical contact with circuits and other electronics.

    Run your printer's head cleaning or nozzle test. This will vary by manufacturer, but can generally be accessed through the printer's properties page. For PCs, click "Start | Settings | Control Panel | Printers and Faxes" and right click your printer's icon. Select "Properties." From this screen, find a tab that relates to maintenance or troubleshooting.

    You'll find an option for head, cartridge or nozzle cleaning. For Mac's, open any program that prints and select "File | Page Setup." Select "Utilities" and find the nozzle cleaning option under printer tests.

    If the printer's test doesn't work, clean cartridge slots manually. This is a drastic step. You should only do this if the printer's self-cleaning fails and the print quality does not improve.

    Remove the ink cartridges. Refer to your manual for specific instructions.

    Clean the opening. This will be on the bottom, where the ink comes out and into the printer. Use a Q-Tip with a little bit of water or isopropyl alcohol. Dab the water or alcohol onto the print heads a few times. This is the carriage that carries the ink cartridges and where the ink flows into the printer. When you have done this, put the cartridges back in and run the clean process again once or twice.

    You must keep your print heads clean, the nozzles are smaller than a human hair so it does not take much for them to become blocked from time to time. If you leave your printer in a warm room unused for more than a few days it is wise to run a clean and nozzle check when you start to use it again.

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