Printers are expensive. If for no other reason than this, it is important to do routine maintenance on them to keep them running correctly. If you perform regular maintenance on any kind of printer, it is sure to extend the life of the product.
Clean the Rollers
The roller of the printer is one of the main components that help to transfer the ink onto the page. Without this part, the printing process wouldn’t be possible. So, it only makes sense that if the roller, also known as the anilox roller, is damaged or dirty, then the prints will not be as crisp and clean as they should be. One of the best ways to clean a roller is to use anilox cleaners. These cleaners work best on rollers made of ceramic or chrome. The cleaner itself is acidic enough to clean away old ink but gentle enough as to not damage the roller.
To use anilox cleaners, all you need to do is dab a little bit of the cleaning solution on a rag or sponge. Use this to wipe off the roller until no ink remains. Do this whenever you notice that your prints are starting to look sloppy. Better yet, do this once a day to get the best results.
Remove the Dust
Along with old ink, dust is another pesky bit of debris that can gunk up a printer and make the prints look worse. While dust can accumulate both inside and outside of a printer, it is most important to remove the dust from the inside of the printer, as that is where the actual printing process takes place. Dust on the outside of the printer will not do much to affect the final printout.
One great way to get rid of the dust on the inside of a printer is to use compressed air. Anyone can purchase compressed air canisters at most electronic’s stores. To use the spray, simply aim the nozzle towards the dust and away from the main components of the printer. This will blow the dust out of the printer, rather than blowing it deeper into the printer. This technique also works for home and office printers. This trick also works for most other electronics that can accumulate dust on the inside.
As with any cleaning supply, make sure to read the directions on the packaging before you use it. If you use the cleaner carefully, you should be able to clean up your printer. Remember, a well-cleaned printer makes for cleaner prints!