Best practices for cleaning your laser printer

12. November 2011 09:15 by Calvin Yu in Troubleshooting and Printer Tips  //  Tags:   //   Comments

If you want your laser printer to produce high quality prints and function for many years, basic maintenance is required. The following supplies are needed:isopropyl alcohol

  1. Lint free cloth
  2. Small soft bristle brush
  3. Can of air
  4. Cotton swabs
  5. Isopropyl or ethyl alcohol

The first thing you should do is shut-off the printer and unplug it from the wall. Laser toner printers burn the powder into the printed documents, so the interior of the printer will be extremely hot. Once the printer has cooled down, approximately 60 minutes, you will want to carefully remove the toner cartridges. Using the lint free cloth, wipe down the interior of the printer and use the soft bristle brush and can of air to get toner off of other parts in the small nooks of the printer.

The next thing you will clean is the paper feed rollers, which come into regular contact with the paper. Clean rollers ensure the printer has no problem grabbing the paper. You can clean the rollers with a swab coated with either of the alcohols listed above.

Finally, wait 10 to 15 minutes for the alcohol to dry/evaporate on the rollers then re-install the toner cartridges.

By cleaning a laser printer on a regular basis, you will find that the quality of the prints will stay at the highest possible level. In addition, the printer will stay cooler, which can extend its life and will keep the working area a little cooler.

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