Printer Care Basics

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Printers are common, both at home and at work. No matter what you use it for, you will want it running the best it possibly can. Here are some tips to help you keep your printer up and running:


Dust your printer. Printers will gather dust over time. Wipe it down with a dry lint-free cloth. If you haven’t used your printer in a while, you might consider running a blank page through it to help get dust off of the rollers. Compressed air is also helpful for removing dust from printers. 

Clear paper jams properly. Ruthlessly ripping jammed paper out of the printer may actually leave little bits of paper behind. Most printer manuals recommend you pull the jammed paper out slowly. Make sure to remove all of the paper from the jammed area. 

Pay attention to error messages. Newer printers will tell you when an internal part is failing. Replacing the part sooner than later will work out better for you in the long run.

Clean the printheads. Some inkjet printers have printheads inside of them. These may need to be cleaned every now and then. Each printer will have different steps, so make sure to look up the proper cleaning methods. With some inkjet printers, the printheads are a part of the ink cartridges and get replaced every time you change the ink cartridges. 

Shake your toner. Some printers use toner instead of ink. When you get the “low toner” message, remove the toner cartridge and shake it gently. This will spread the remaining toner evenly and will sometimes make it last longer. 

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