Keeping your printer clean is more important than you might think. As a matter of fact it could be one of the most important steps you can take to improve the function and overall life of your printer. The dust, crud and other debris that get trapped inside your electronic devices are often the root cause of their failure over time. With proper care and cleaning there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to get years of work out of any printing device. Follow these guidelines to help you get started.
1. Unplug It: You’ll have to unplug your printer before you try cleaning it pr you’ll risk damaging some to the more sensitive parts inside it.
2. Don’t Use Cleansers or Water Directly: You’ll risk damaging wires and other electrical parts that are necessary to your printer’s function.
3. Know Your Printer: Your printer has cleaning instructions for a reason, different devices have specific methods that will work for that model and others that can damage or destroy them. Just about every printer is different, proceed with caution.
With the above guidelines you’ll have a good idea on how to get started. If your printer doesn’t have cleaning instructions or you want a good general method to follow try the following steps.
1. Clean the outside: You’ll want to use a soft cloth and a cleaning solvent that is safe for use with your device. Wipe the outside of the printer free of dust and dirt.
2. Clean the Inside: Open your printer and using the same cloth wipe down the inside of your device. This should help you clear out dust, dirt and paper shred trapped inside.
3. Carefully Remove the Cartridge: Wipe the printer cartridge in order to remove excess ink on the outside of it. Make certain you haven’t left any fibers from the cloth on the outside of it or you’ll risk slowing or damaging printing function.
4. Remove Excess Dirt: There may be some dust and grime left over even after using a cloth, a vacuum can be used to get this out if you’re careful.