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How to Clean Your Inkjet Printer
To keep blemishes, imperfections and smudges at bay when printing, it’s important to clean your inkjet printer regularly. Although we would recommend having your machine cleaned annually by a trained printer technician, there are a few things you can do at home to keep your printer in tiptop condition – so let’s get to it.
What You’ll Need
As inkjet printers use liquid ink in the print process, things can get messy when it comes to opening up your machine to give it a spring clean. In order to clean your inkjet printer effectively and safely, we suggest using the following tools:
• Window cleaner
• Paper towel/Kitchen towel
• Printer Oil
• Protective gloves
Given you’ll be dealing with liquid ink which can stain clothing, you may also wish to wear protective or old clothing when cleaning your inkjet printer.
How to Clean Your Inkjet Printer
Once you have the tools and equipment listed above, it’s time to take the plunge and begin cleaning your inkjet printer.Remember, this is only a guide, and if at any point you feel uncomfortable dealing with some components of your machine, consult an experienced printer technician.
To begin, put on your latex gloves. As mentioned previously, liquid ink can stain clothing as well as skin, so gloves are essential when cleaning an inkjet printer.
Start the clean by removing your printer’s ink cartridges (if you’re not sure how to do this, please refer to the manufacturer instructions). Once you’ve removed all the cartridges, switch the machine of fat the mains so that it’s safe to work on.
To start, we’re going to clean any excess ink from the print head of each cartridge. To do this, take a square of kitchen towel, fold it into a wad and moisten with a little window cleaner. Then, carefully wipe the print head of each cartridge against the paper towel to remove any surplus ink. Don’t try to stop the ink altogether – it’s completely normal for the ink to leave a mark on the paper even after the printer head is clean.
Next, we’ll focus on cleaning the ribbon of your inkjet machine. Over time, the ribbon can become clogged with globules of ink, resulting in decreased print clarity. To remove the spattered ink, soak a wad of paper towel in window cleaner and gently wipe the ribbon, taking care not to cause any damage. If there doesn’t appear to be any ink or debris on the ribbon, don’t bother cleaning it; ribbons are easy to damage, so it’s best to avoid cleaning if you’re able.
The area where the cartridges are housed when the printer is not in use may also require cleaning, but depending on your printer, this area may be hard to reach. If the area looks particularly dirty, use a pencil or thin object to scrape the excess away. Don’t worry if you can’t reach to clean the area properly, as any excess here shouldn’t affect your printer’s performance.
Now that you’ve cleaned the inside of your machine, it’s time to oil your inkjet printer’s stabiliser bar (the bar your ink cartridges and print head slide back and forth on). To do this, place a couple of drops of printer oil on to the bar and manually slide the cartridge housing back and forth to distribute the lubricant evenly. Once that’s done, reinsert the cartridges and run any realignment tests recommended by the manufacturer.
To help you get the best possible performance from your inkjet printer, Printhead offer a range of compatible ink cartridges that are suitable for a range of inkjet printer manufacturers. To find affordable third party ink cartridges for your inkjet printer, use the search bar above or call us on 0845519405.