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Whether it is at your home or at your office, the printer is a very handy tool when it comes to getting something printed in no time. However, if you do not know how to maintain and take care of it, things can go wrong right when you need to print something very important. And just like every other electronic product out there, just a few simple maintenance steps can make it last a long time. If you do not know how to take care of your printer, you are in the right place, as today we discuss exactly how you can maintain and keep your printer healthy.

  • Clean the print head

Make sure to clean your printer head at least once every month. To do so, simply remove the cartridge, clean the head with warm water and let it dry off before setting it back again. Be careful not to use wet tissues or alcohol to clean the print head.

  • Clean the insides of your printer

To keep your printer operating efficiently, make sure to keep the inside clean and dust/grime free. Use lint-free cloths to gently wipe away dust before they can form thick layers. Make sure not to use excess force to clean grime, and use compressed air to blow out the dust if possible.

  • Check under the hood

Feel free to invest in a printer maintenance kit that can help to keep the fan and other vulnerable parts clean. Lift the hood regularly and pay attention to every part to make sure they are working properly. Most printers can indicate when something is wrong, and the best way to prevent further damage is to deal with it as soon as possible and not to let it build up.

  • Choose your refills wisely

Though refill cartridges can be expensive, getting the cheapest ones generally do more harm to your printer than good. Thus, try to get good quality toner/ink cartridges that won’t ruin every print you make. You do not necessarily need the most expensive ones, but get ones that are good enough. You can also recycle empty cartridges to keep the cost down.

  • Replace cartridges on time

It is crucial to the health of the printer head to replace the cartridge before it runs dry. Though most printers give signals when the ink level is too low, make sure to double check before you go for replacements. You do not want to get it too soon and waste remaining inks, nor do you want to get it too late and let the dry ink harm the printer head.

  • Keep it turned off

Make sure to keep the printer is switched off if you are planning to not use it for a while. Keeping it on constantly can wear out the parts as well as dry up the ink cartridge.

  • Always get the latest drivers

One of the major aspects most people ignore is to keep the printer updated with the latest drivers. Always make sure to check for updates and installation so that your printer is optimised. Check manufacturer websites and update notifications whenever they pop up.

When it comes to taking care of your printer, a little bit of care can go a long way. Not only can these minor steps help to keep your printer healthy, they can also help you save costs in the long run. If you still need any help, feel free to reach out to us at Ink On The Run.

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