Your printer is that one PC peripheral that occupies a weird place in your home office. It remains unobtrusive and largely ignored but you realize its importance when you finally need to print something. The worst situation to be in is to find out your printer has stopped working.
To prevent your printer from just conking out on you, you have to take good care of it. You’ll be surprised that taking care of your printer and keeping it in tip-top shape is not hard to do. Just follow these simple tips:
Keep the printer clean
Dust and other contaminants are one of the major enemies of printers. There are many components in a printer that could get damaged or would stop working correctly if it gets dirty or something gets lodged in it. For example, the printer head is quite sensitive to dirt and grime. If it gets dirty, the parts where the ink flows can get clogged and you’ll have to repair it if it does. Another printer part that can be affected by excessive dirt are the rollers, which can stop rolling correctly or even get completely stuck if a foreign object manages to gets lodged in it. Ensure that your printer is always kept clean by regularly wiping the whole printer. Another option is to buy a printer cover and keep your printer under wraps when it’s not being used. An additional tip would be to turn off the printer when it’s not in use. When a printer is turned off, the heads are covered and is not exposed to the air, which dries out the ink.
Constantly use your printer
A common practice for people who have printers is that they’ll try to minimize printing anything because they want to conserve the ink. But this is actually counter-productive. If you don’t always use your printer, there is an increased likelihood that the nozzles on your print head will get clogged, which can potentially be bad to the printer head because there are times when clogged ink is not very easy to remove. In the end you’ll end up spending more for cleaning and repairs rather than the ink that you’ll use. Try to use your printer at least twice a week so you can give it a good workout. Try to print something in full color so that the printer can be faced with a weekly challenge.