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A lot of us now have a printer at home, and it is not something which is reserved solely for the office or place of work. A lot of people though, will only use the printer occasionally, meaning that for much of the time it is just sat there collecting dust and not being used. Whether your printer gets used regularly or whether it spends most of its time collecting dust, there are ways that we can look after our printer to make sure that it keeps working as it should do for many years to come. A lot of it is common sense, and if you follow the simple guidelines below, you should be able to keep your printer in a good condition. This means that when you do need to use it that everything is in fine working order.
Keeping it clean
This seems like a pretty obvious statement, but it does need say nonetheless.
- Clean inside and out
- Turn off when, not in use
- Keep it covered when not in use
These three points will help to make sure that your printer stays nice and clean so that it is ready to print when you need it. Get yourself a cover for your printer so that you can keep the dust from both inside and outside of the unit. If you unplug the printer as well when it is not in use, this will help to stop dust being attracted to it. Every month or so you should take the cover off the printer and give it a good clean inside and out. A small hand held vacuum unit is good for getting rid of all of the dust. You will also need to make sure that you use the printer at least once a month even if you are only printing off a couple of test pages. This will help to make sure the ink is good, and there are no blockages at all.
Ink and Paper
Both the ink and the paper that you use in your printer are also important. Yu want to make sure that you use good quality ink cartridges in your printer. If you read your printers manual they will always recommend that you use cartridges made by the printer’s manufacturer. You can get good quality cartridges though from suppliers all over the internet, make sure though before you buy that the cartridges are compatible with your printer and that they will fit correctly. Inserting poor quality ink cartridges in your printer can cause leaks which may damage the workings of your printer and could be expensive to fix. Repair costs can actually exceed the worth of the printer so if something is damaged badly, sometimes you are best off buying a new printer. You also want to use a good quality paper in your printer as this will also help to make sure that when you do print, the finish is of a high standard and looks good without any smudging or blemishes.
Maintenance and the Manual
Almost all printers will have a maintenance mode where it will check itself to make sure that everything is working properly. You may need to consult the user manual for your printer, but you are advised to run this now and then, depending on how much you use your printer. For average use, it is recommended that you perform this every one or two months or so. If you are experiencing any difficulties with your printer, then you may need to look at the manual also. There is usually a trouble shooting section which can list potential problems you may have, the cause and also the solutions to them. If you cannot find your answer in the manual, then you can either search the internet for the relevant information or even contact the manufacturer’s customer support for advice. Check the drivers for your printer every six months or so and make sure that these are up to date. When you do, need to replace the ink cartridges or toner cartridges then follow the guidelines in the user manual being careful to install them properly. If you take the time and effort to look after your printer, then it will be printing high quality documents and pictures for many years to come.
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Deborah Malissa has written this article for Print Britain, which offers cheap printer ink cartridges. Deborah is a technology enthusiast who enjoys sharing her thoughts and ideas in the blogs and articles that she writes.