You may not realize it, but keeping your inkjet printer clean is very important. Dust, dirt, debris of any kind can ruin a print or series of prints. Here are some things you can do to protect your printer and your prints.
1) Turn your printer off when not in use. Typically, this “parks” the heads and caps them shut so dirt and air can’t get into the lines.
2) Cover your printer when it’s not in use. Dust from the ceiling, in the air and your workspace can get in and muck things up.
3) Use compressed air to blow out debris once per month. Be careful to keep the can upright and discharge some of air away from the printer to make sure the liquid propellant doesn’t get into the printer.
4) Run the printer’s ink cleaning or power cleaning routine after prolonged periods of non use. Even though in theory, the printer being turned off should keep problems to a minimum, users of the most sophisticated printers like the Epson photo printers, will find that air bubbles and nozzle dirt can still be a problem. While it costs you ink/money to run the cleaning utility, it’s worth it. It only takes one speck on a large art print to make it worthless.
5) Keep the work area around the printer clean and neat. Don’t set boxes, coffee cups, snacks on the printer.
These are all easy, common sense things you can do to prolong the life of your inkjet printer, improve the quality of your prints and get the most out of your investment. Got any other tips?