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Guide to Taking Care of Your Ink Cartridge

Man Injecting Cartridge in to Printer

Owners of high quality, high-performance inkjet office printers in Fairbanks, AK, know that printer ink is not an insignificant expense. Inkjet printer ink is quite possibly the most highly engineered liquid on the planet; a drop of ink is more expensive than a drop of the finest champagne. We ask a lot of our printer ink. It has to withstand high heats and vaporization plus have the ability to be propelled through a super-thin nozzle at a rate of 30 miles per hour and then dry almost instantly once on the paper. All these engineering results in prints with crisp and vibrant colors and stunning quality and resolution.

That said, it would still be nice to save a bit of money on ink. Following these four tips will help you care for and extend the life of your inkjet ink so you can get the most value from every drop:

  1. Review Before You Print. The high cost of printer ink should motivate everyone in your office to check documents carefully before pushing "print." Always edit diligently and use the print preview function liberally to prevent the waste of reprinting documents that contain errors. Making use of draft mode whenever possible, will also help you conserve ink.

  2. Unclog the Nozzles. Today's advanced inkjet printers contain extremely fine nozzles. The ink is engineered to flow through these nozzles without clogging or drying. However, if your printer is used infrequently, the ink in the nozzles may dry out and cause clogs. While it might seem strange to say that printing often helps save ink, the statement is nevertheless true; frequent printing keeps nozzles moist and ink flowing freely. If your nozzles are clogged, you have a couple of options. First, many printers offer a self-cleaning option that is designed to keep nozzles clear. Regular printing is still a better option, though, as running the cleaning option wastes a lot of ink. If self-cleaning isn't an option or doesn't solve the problem, you can remove the ink cartridges and clean the nozzles yourself by soaking them in warm water for a few minutes or cleaning them with isopropyl alcohol.

  3. Turn the Printer Off and Keep Cartridges Loaded. Dry air is the enemy here. If you know you won't be using your printer for a while, turn the printer off. Printers typically move the printheads into a protected position when the device is turned off, protecting against drying out. Also, keep your cartridges fully loaded. Empty spaces in the printer expose cartridges and nozzles to air.

  4. Properly Store Unused Cartridges. Unused cartridges require careful storage to keep them viable. New, unopened cartridges should be stored in their original packaging in a cool, dark location. Opened cartridges should be stored nozzle side up in an airtight container or bag in a cool, dark place. Including a damp paper towel in the storage container will help retain moisture and prevent the nozzles from drying out. If you know you are not going to use your inkjet printer for an extended period, it's a good idea to remove the ink cartridges and store them this way to keep them viable.

Trust Arctic Office

Before you buy the cheapest on a sale inkjet printer, it's important to remember that the cheap inkjets are also ink guzzlers more often than not. The single most important thing you can do to make sure you don't waste money on printer ink is to invest in a good quality printer that meets your office's needs. Getting the best printer for your business in Fairbanks, AK is as easy as calling Arctic Office. Our Canon printer machine experts have all the information you need to buy the right office printer. Call today!

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