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How To Avoid The Risk Of Printer Ink Spills


Once you have forked over the money to buy printer ink, it can be very frustrating to have a spill. Not only are printer ink spills costly, but they are messy and can destroy everything including clothes, desks, carpet, and even the printer itself. To save yourself some money and hassle, here are a few simple steps you can follow to help avoid printer ink spills.

The first thing you can do to avoid frustrating ink spills is to always purchase new cartridges specific to your printer model. There are many options available including printer ink refills, refurbished cartridges, and generic cartridges, but the best solution is to stick with a new cartridge. If you choose to refill a cartridge, you run the risk of clogged ink nozzles. If the old cartridge was left to sit empty for a long period of time the ink residue inside can dry out and clog the cartridge, causing messy smearing and spills down the road. Refilled cartridges can also be damaged during the refill process which can cause leaks after they have been re-inserted in the printer. For these reasons, it is best to use new cartridges every time.

If you do choose to try and save some money by refilling an ink cartridge yourself, be sure to handle the cartridge with caution. Most ink spills occur with home refill kits, so be sure to protect yourself and your surroundings. Follow the directions specifically so you don't overfill the cartridge causing it to leak out and ruin your clothes or the surrounding area. Line your workspace with plastic or thick paper, and choose a time to work when you can be sure you will be free of any distractions. Once the cartridge has been refilled, insert it immediately back into the printer. As mentioned before, be sure to refill the ink cartridge before it is completely empty so it does not have an opportunity to dry out and clog.

Lastly, if you buy printer ink in bulk, be sure to store the extra cartridges in a safe place, away from children or pets. It doesn't take long for a curious child or cat to open a cartridge and have the contents spilled all over the furniture! Always keep cartridges in their original sealed packaging, or store them in air tight plastic bags. To help prevent leaks, keep them upright in a locked drawer or tall shelf, in a cool, dark area.

If you take the time to follow these few steps, you can greatly lower your chances of having a printer ink spill so you can spend your time doing something you enjoy, rather than cleaning a big black mess.

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