4 Summertime Printer Usage Tips

cartridges drying outNow that the kids are out of school or you are heading out on vacation, you might not be using your printer as much.  Here are 4 summertime usage tips to follow:

1. Print or copy something once a week. This will keep the ink flowing through the print head nicely.

2. Print head style cartridges: (those that have the copper strip, Most HP’s, Lexmark and Dell, Canon  40, 41, 210, 211, 240, 241)

  • If  you are going to be away for a month, you can put your print head style cartridges into a zip lock bag and put them in your refrigerator crisper.
  • If your cartridges are not printing, here is a trick.  Wet a paper towel with hot water and wring out.  Place the print head on the paper towel for about  30 to 60 seconds and wipe off excess water.  Take a dry piece of paper towel and press the print head onto it. You should see a nice rectangle of black ink or 3 stripes of colour ink.  If you are not seeing this, then repeat the process.  Sometimes a trip to your local refilling store might be necessary for them to use some of their special equipment.

3. Tank style cartridges: (Canon, 6, 8, 220, 221, 225, 226, HP 564, 920, 940 series, Brother LC-41, 51, 61, 71, 75, 79, all Epson)

Ink tank style cartridges are different from print head style cartridges in that the print head is in the printer.  If you haven’t used tank style printer is a while, it is likely that you will have blockages in the printer print head.  Here are a couple of suggestions.

  • Use the maintenance, clean print head function from the menu of your printer.  You will likely find this under a wrench symbol or under the menu key.

If you are unable to perform this cleaning from the printer menu, try this…

  • Click the Microsoft start button on the bottom left of your computer monitor.  Choose control panel, printers and faxes.  Locate your printer from the list of printers and right click.  Go to properties.  This will bring up several tabs. Locate the maintenance or colour management tab.  Look for clean print head or deep cleaning and choose this option.

Note:  You may have to perform print head cleaning maintenance multiple times to clear the blockage.

  • If your print head is removable, you may also use the paper towel and hot water tip above to clean the printhead.

4. Laser Printers:

There are no clogging or blocking issues with laser printers!

If you are one of those people who does not use their printer regularly and frequently has blockages or cartridges dry out before you get to use them fully, I would strongly recommend a laser printer.  You will save money in the long run….and some frustration too!

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Until the next time,



2 thoughts on “4 Summertime Printer Usage Tips

  1. Thank you for the positive feedback Catherine. Hope you are having a great summer.

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