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Take Care of Your Printer

Published on 09 April 13
10 things you should follow to keep your printer in good shape
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There are some things that simply sound logical. For instance, if you spend money on something that you can use for important things, then you take care of it. Well, when it comes to taking care of printers, people are not aware of what they are supposed to do. If you are someone who lives in a small household and uses his printer occasionally, you should consider the following text as useful information. If we are talking about printers in offices, when you have to use it on a regular basis for printing important documentation, then you should go through the following text with the utmost care. Here are 10 tips that you will find useful:

  1. Keep the printer clean. This involves nothing more than occasional dusting both on the inner side and the outer side. Also, when you are not using feed trays - close them. You can use these guidelines for cleaning your printer.
  2. If you plan on not using the printer for a while, cover it with some kind of cloth or some plastic cover.
  3. The printer should be turned on before printing and turned off after the printing is finished. When you’re not using it, it should be off.
  4. You should make sure that you use your printer frequently, and this implies printing something every two weeks. This way you insure that it is in proper working condition.
  5. Usually, printers have some kind of maintenance mode that checks the whole unit for issues. If you have this option, go ahead and use it once in a while - once a month will suffice.
  6. You should do your best to avoid low quality cartridges. These can only create a mess, and apart from that, they affect the printer’s performance in a negative way - thus making it work badly. Purchase original cartridges that are specifically designed for your printer.
  7. Use only good paper, because cheap paper can create a lot of printer malfunctions. It can reduce the overall printer quality and situations such as paper jamming will be very frequent. Each manufacturer states what kind of paper is best for each printer - follow these instructions.
  8. When talking about paper, there is yet another thing that you have to take care of. Mainly, the paper that you use has to be flat, so no bents, folds, or tears. Also, you should avoid using paper that has something printed on it.
  9. If you have any questions, you should always take a look at the user manual. There is everything you need to know about the printer there. Most tend to forget this fact.
  10. Finally, you should make sure that, when the time comes to replace the cartridges, you should do that with care. Find cartridge that suits your printer and try to get best price for your ink toner cartridges. Technology has this trend of always developing things to be smaller than their predecessors, so logically you should be careful not to damage anything. Although new technology is more functional, it is also more fragile.

To sum up, if you follow the 10 tips mentioned above, your printer will have “a long and happy life!”
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