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Keeping An Office Printer Ink Cartridge From Clogging

2012-02-19

A dedicated office printer can be a great way to boost workplace productivity, cutting down the need to leave the work area just to grab a printout. Along with that printer, however, comes the task of maintenance. When the office printer ink cartridges get clogged, time and money get wasted, negating any benefit the printer gives in the first place. For maximum up time, there are a few tips to help users keep ink cartridge clogs from causing work disruptions.

For the average user, the best method to prevent clogs is to simply use the printer on a regular basis. If printing is done daily, it's unlikely that ink cartridge clogging will occur. Inkjet printers work by shooting out liquid ink through a collection of very tiny nozzles. This fine size is what allows modern printers to accurately produce high-resolution prints. Every time the process stops, small amounts of the ink remain in the nozzle. If the printer doesn't get used again, that ink dries. However, if the printer is used regularly, old ink is always being pushed out by new ink, and the ink cartridge nozzle remains clean. Most IT professionals would suggest that if the printer doesn't receive regular use, that workers simply make at least one print a week, utilizing both black and color inks, to keep the nozzles on office printer ink cartridges running smoothly.

Many printers offer a self-cleaning cycle, which is really just a controlled version of the previously-mentioned concept. When the cleaning option is selected, the printer prints a specifically-designed pattern on a sheet of paper, utilizing all of the cartridges and designed to unclog any jammed nozzles. The main downside to this option is that the printer tends to use excessive amounts of ink to clean out the cartridges.

One aspect that many users don't consider is how dirty the surface of a printer gets. Office machines tend to attract a lot of dust, because they're statically charged. So while a desk might stay dust-free, chances are that the printer is not. Every time the printer runs, it stirs that dust up and some gets sucked inside. A printer with an exposed paper will feed in lots of dust-covered paper. Those tiny nozzles on office printer ink cartridges don't take a lot to clog, and just slight amounts of dust buildup mixed with the liquid ink can create annoying clogs. Keeping the outside of a printer dust-free helps keep the internals clean.

Printer clogging can be a real hassle, undoing any good that a dedicated office printer brings. By following a few simple steps, workers can ensure their printer stays running problem-free.

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