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Archive for December, 2008

Printer Ink Stains and Laser Toner Stain Removal

Friday, December 5th, 2008

No matter how careful you are, at some point you’ll probably get a printer ink stain on your hands or clothing. Especially if you are changing laser toner or refilling ink cartridges. Here are some tips on removing printer ink stains from your clothes and skin.

Laser Toner Stains

The ink in toner cartridge is actually a fine powder. It can be washed off your skin with cold water. DO NOT use warm water, as the heat will make it sticky and stain your skin! Then you’ll have to use some abrasive hand soap, or just wait for the stain to fade. If you get toner on your clothes, try to brush it off with a broom or other type of dry brush or cloth. You can also try shaking it out. Chances are, however, it will stain permanently. You can try washing it individually in cold water, but this is not a sure fire solution. ALSO DO NOT VACUUM UP LASER TONER: Laser toner is static-charged, and could cause a fire in your household vacuum.

Printer Ink Stains

Most printer ink will wash off the skin. Use some abrasive soap or rubbing alcohol for tougher stains. If you get some on your clothing, dab it with rubbing alcohol and then blot it with a dry towel. This should remove most of the ink. This works well for carpet stains too. You can also try spraying the stain with some cheap hair spray prior to washing it in the washer. Over the counter stain-removers will also work. The bottom line is, just be careful.


Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Your Toner Cartridges

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

People are becoming more environmentally conscious each and every day. Some because they want to save the Earth, and others because they want to save money. Both are valid reasons and both will ultimately utilize some of the same practices. One of those is recycling toner cartridges and refilling ink cartridges. Its a great way to not only reduce the amount of trash in a landfill, but also a great way to save money.

The small ink cartridges and toner cartridges are made of hard plastic. And as we all know, plastic is not biodegradable. It will sit in a landfill for hundreds of years. Though these ink cartridges and toner cartridges are small, they can really add up to a lot of waste. Just think about how many printers there are in the world! If each printer goes through a cartridge each month, you’re looking at considerable waste. Hundreds of thousands of ink cartridges and toner cartridges can have a big effect.

So, instead of always purchasing a new ink cartridge, consider a refill ink cartridge, or refurbished ink cartridge. They are old ink cartridges that are refilled with ink, and perform just like new! Concerned about the quality? Don’t be. They hold just as much ink as a new cartridge, and print with the same quality and clarity, and will produce just as many pages as a new ink cartridge. And best of all, they are considerably lower in price than buying new!

Whether you are doing it out of concern for the Earth, or for financial reasons, refilling ink cartridges and reusing toner cartridges is great ecological and economic practice.

Printer Ink Refill Kit Troubleshooting Tips

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

One of the best ways to save money on printer ink cartridges is to buy a refill kit and refill old cartridges instead of buying new. Using a printer ink refill kit is easy, but as with anything, sometimes you may run into a bit of trouble. Here are some troubleshooting tips for when you use a printer ink refill kit:

The Page is Blank

First, make sure you are using the right cartridge and didn’t accidentally replace it with an empty printer ink cartridge. Secondly, wipe the nozzle of the cartridge with a damp paper towel to be sure there is no residue clogging it. Lastly, select the “Clean Printer Head” option in your printer software.

The Page is Faded

First, check to see that the printer ink cartridge is installed properly. It may just be misaligned. Next, remove the cartridge and clean the nozzle with a damp paper towel. Then, choose the “Clean Printer Head” option in your printer software. If you still see fading, then make sure you are printing on regular paper, and not glossy paper or some other medium that is not compatible with the type of ink you are using. Also, check to see that you are printing in “Normal” print quality, and didn’t accidentally choose “Fast Draft” or “Draft” in the Printer Properties.

The Page is Blurry

It may sound strange, but first make sure the paper you are using is not wet. Next, select the “Clean Printer Head” option as described earlier, and also clean the nozzle of the printer ink cartridge with a damp paper towel. Also make sure you are printing in “Normal” print quality, and not “Fast Draft” or “Draft.” You will also want to make sure are printing on paper that is not glossy, as it may not be compatible with your ink. Lastly, check to see that the cartridge is not leaking ink inside of your printer.

Problems with printer ink refill kits are quite rare, but if you do have problems these tips should help. But remember, the cartridge you are using may just have been refilled a few too many times and is wearing out. It may be time to buy a new printer ink cartridge.



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