This weekend rings in the beginning of Spring. For most parts of the country, even for us Southerners, it has been a long, cold winter. Everyone is more than ready for the beautiful Spring time.
What does Spring make you think of? Beaches and Flowers? Maybe Rain or Easter bunnies? How about Spring cleaning? Go ahead, open the windows, enjoy the warmer weather and start the cleanse.
While at it, you may want to give that often neglected printer a Spring cleaning of its own. Printers need to cycle through a cleaning process once in a while to retain proper maintenance.
- Open the printer cover, allow the cartridges to move into place, unplug the printer then remove the cartridges and place them on a towel. Be careful what you touch, as it may be hot.
- Use a slightly damp Q-tip to wipe off any visible traces of dust, dirt or ink. Use a clean Q-tip for each cartridge.
- Lightly clean the printer, including buttons and ink cartridge cradle with a damp cloth.
- Open the back of the printer, spray canned air to blow out all the dust and particles that have accumulated.
- If you have a scanner, use a damp cloth to lightly clean the platen glass and remove any smudges.
- Gently tap each cartridge on the towel, and then return the ink cartridges back to the printer immediately, to avoid the ink drying out.
- Plug the printer back into the wall.
- Run a self test including nozzle check in the printer maintenance utility section from your computer.
- Turn the printer off at the power switch (but leave plugged in) and leave turned off until you need to print.