Inkjet Printer Maintenance

Inkjet Printers are such a handy item to have around the home or office, that is untill they start to play up. The following tips will help you to keep your inkjet printer in tip top shape !

Inkjet Printers by nature are relatively trouble free however if abused they can become a real headache. Your printer needs to be used regularly and a few simple rules need to be followed.

1. Try to use your printer at least two or three times a week. By doing so the print head will remain clear and there will be little chance of ink drying inside the print head resulting in poor print outs.

2. Use a good quality ink. This can be either a Genuine product or a good quality compatible ink. If you try using a cheap, low grade compatible then you are sure to encounter ongoing problems with the print head clogging.

 3. Never run your ink cartridges untill they are dry. This eventually will lead to your print head dying or at the least air being introduced into the print head resulting in low grade print outs.

4. Never remove an ink cartridge and rapidly shake it to check if it has ink inside. This is a common mistake which people make when their printer isnt printing correctly. By shaking an ink cartridge it simply aerates the ink and introduces air into the print head or the line which feeds the print head. This can be very difficult to remove.

5. Never do more than 5 print head cleans at the most. If your printer is not showing signs of improvement after this many cleans then you may need to resort to a print head cleaning kit.

6. Avoid printing only in black and white. Although inkjet printers still use the colours when printing in black and white it is highly recommended to print a colour page every so often to keep the ink flowing freely from the print head.

7. Clean your printer out every so often with a vacuum or low pressure air gun. This may help prolong the life of the drive gear and the paper rollers. Also try cleaning the paper rollers every so often as this helps to prevent them becoming shiny and resulting in paper jam.

8. It's a good practice in Canon printers to maybe once a year remove the print head from the printer and flush it under hot water. This simply removes any dried ink that may be floating around in the print head. (be very gentle with the actual print head surface as these are very easily damaged if treated harshly).

9. Keep your printer away from windows where temperatures tend to fluctuate quite drastically. The more consistent the temperature is the better. This is the same for most electronic devices.

10. Use a quality paper as some cheap, course papers may eventually damge your print head or even the paper rollers. Also cheaper papers can often cause paper jam (this seems to be more common in Brother printers).