If there are marks or blemishes on your print jobs, then there is a chance that the problem is not mechanical. Like every home or office electronic device, inkjet printers also require regular maintenance. You must keep them in a proper condition so that they work well.
If you avoid cleaning your printer at regular intervals. This will not only impact the quality of your future printouts but will also shorten the lifespan of your machine. It is advisable to get your printer cleaned by a professional once a year. Below, we have mentioned a step-by-step guide that you can follow to clean the tabs of your inkjet printer.
Once you acquire all the required tools and equipment, it's time to get started with the process. At this moment, it will be wise to mention that the components of your printer are fragile and any damage can lead to an expensive repair. If you are in any doubt, then you must get in touch with your local printer maintenance professional.
Step 1: Remove Your Ink Cartridges and Turn Off the Machine
If you wish to remove ink cartridges from the printer, then you need to position the cartridge housing in the center. In a lot of printers, when you open the front of your machine, the housing is going to reposition itself. This will allow you to extract the cartridges. Once you are done doing this, then you can turn off the mains of your printer.
Step 2: Clean the Cartridges
After you are done removing the cartridges from your printer, you will see clogged ink around your printhead. To remove this excess ink, you must take a paper towel and spray it with a window cleaner.
After that, you need to wipe the cartridge gently and you must be careful while removing any excess spray. Once the ink is removed, you can keep it on another paper towel sheet.
Step 3: Clean the Ribbon
The ribbon is an important part of your inkjet printer, you must clean it regularly to make sure it functions properly. Take a square of a paper towel and then soak it in a window cleaner and use it to clean the debris on the ribbon.
You must do it gently as these ribbons are very fragile. If any damage occurs, then replacement or repair can be very expensive.
Step 4: Clean the Cartridge Housing
We all know that cartridge housing keeps the ink cartridge in its place. It is naturally prone to accumulating grime and dirt. Take a cotton swab and wipe the cartridge housing with the window cleaner to remove the debris, grime, and ink.
Step 5: Oil the Stabiliser Bar
The stabilizer bar is responsible for the smooth running of ink cartridges from left to right. This way, it distributes ink appropriately. In order to ensure smooth operation and complete functionality, you must oil the stabilizer bar regularly.
For this, you must drop a few drops of printer oil on the bar before you move the cartridge housing manually. This will spread the oil evenly.
Step 6: Re-Insert Your Cartridges
Once all the grime, dust, and dirt is gone, then you can turn in the mains and re-insert your cartridges. After that, run a cartridge realignment as recommended by the manufacturer.