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Printer maintenance tips and guide
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/27/2005 | General Articles | Rating:
Printer maintenance tips and guide

Keep the print heads clean

It is important you keep the printer heads clean. This stops ink clogging the nozzles of the printer, and reduces ink smudge on the paper. This is important for HP and Lexmark printers, as they donít always do the best automatic clean in my experience.

To clean the print heads, remove the cartridge, and gently clean the print heads with a soft cotton cloth dipped in a little water. I wouldnít recommend using tissue or alcohol. I have personally damaged a few printers doing this. Be warned!

Make sure the print heads are dry and then replace the cartridge. By doing this you will expand your printer life and the quality of the printouts.

Prevent the printer from drying up ink by using it

I remember taking support calls around a year ago. People would say I havenít used the printer for over a year, and the quality isnít what I expected.

If you use your printer regular this will prevent ink drying up and keep the printer and ink in good condition. Use both Colour and black and white prints weekly to stop the nozzles on your printer getting clogged up, or the ink to simply dry up.

Be careful with printer jams

Donít ram the paper out if you have a paper jam. This can damage the printer, which I have seen done many times. Look at guides on the manufactures site, if you donít have time to do that, remember that you want to get the paper out smoothly. Most HP Printers have a hatch attached at the back that can be removed. You will then have access to the paper wheels, and you should be able to see the paper that is jammed in there. Remove the paper this way, and it is unlikely that you will damage the printer.

Power down correctly

Turn your printer off when not in use. This can prevent drying of ink and also help keep the printer functioning at high quality. Remember to use the printers power button, and them remove at the plug if need be. Donít power off if you are in the middle of something. These will just cause problems for you.

Clean your printer but donít over do it

IF you perform print ink clean by software or your printerís hardware, do it once and not over and over. Doing this over and over can cause more damage than good. Clean your printerís encoder strip monthly to stop quality issues at a later date. Remember if you have low ink to replace immediately. This prevents ink being left in the printer heads and nozzles, and will generally give your printer more life.


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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Information very elementary. Doesn't provide information about Epson printers, which in my experience are among the worse of the printer jammers.
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
    only useful to people who dont have any common sense
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
    This article directly refutes everything I have just read relating to cleaning printer heads
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
    its good
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
    very boring.....seriously!
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Having just spent a week trying to get XP Pro to recognize my HP printer, I would just say that there is a lot more to know about printers than merely keeping them clean.
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
    because it is warning and at the same time giving good tips how to clean.
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
    there should be more information, it is very basic
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
    to get over all maintenance manual
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
    you told us exactly what we should know and what to do if we were to get into any kind of trouble thank you
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
    its good
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Good. blog abt Spooling errors and solutions that would be more useful for all.
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Nice tips thx
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Doesn't explain how to get your penis out when it gets stuck in there. The rest is all good though.
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
    the penis comment was funny
  • Comment #16 (Posted by unknown user)
    great advice
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
    It was very useful for me. I would surely follow these.
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