While most of us rely on our printers for critical work and get frustrated when they don’t work on demand, we don’t know much about how they work! It’s time to get to know your printer. Read on to learn about regular printer maintenance, changing ink cartridges, and troubleshooting common issues.

1. Read the Manual

With a bit of maintenance and TLC, your printer will last longer. One of the most common mechanical errors for printers is a paper jam. If a paper jam occurs, refer to your manual for instructions that relate to your specific printer. 


2. Be Safe

Before you do anything with your printer that involves opening it, for safety reasons, it’s essential to turn it off. This will avoid any damage to the printer or you!


3. Where You Put Your Printer

For optimal performance, printers need to be placed on a level surface with space for ventilation. Setting your printer down in an overly dusty location will shorten its lifespan as the dust can damage the printer head and rollers.


4. Keep Your Printer Clean

Machines need regular cleaning to maintain performance, and your printer is a high-functioning machine. Build-ups of dust, ink, and other debris inside your printer can cause jams, ink streaks, and general poor performance.


Aim to clean your printer with a slightly damp cloth regularly. Wipe the outside of the printer and clean the internals with a lint-free cloth. Be sure to avoid using any liquids to clean inside your printer as moisture could affect performance.

5. Avoid Clogged Ink Nozzles

Clogging is unfortunately common and occurs when the ink dries and blocks the nozzles. The best way to avoid keeping them from drying out is by printing regularly. Instead of leaving your printer idle for weeks or even months, get into the habit of printing a test page every few weeks. This trick stops the ink from clogging and helps it to move around your printer!


6. Choosing Ink Cartridges

When it comes to finding the ink cartridges, the choices can be overwhelming. You’ll want to find the best deals, and compatible cartridges have been developed to produce results that are just as good as original inks but are much cheaper! Printerinks.ie specialise in compatible ink and toner cartridges we free next-day shipping on all orders over €30! Not sure which type of cartridge to buy? Simply enter your printer model on the search bar on our website to find your matching compatible cartridge.

7. Give Printer Heads a Clean

When you start to see white lines running across printed documents or photos, this means it is time to clean the print head. It’s best to consult your printer manual to check how to clean your printers print heads correctly. Although most printer models have a self-clean function that can be activated with a few clicks and will clean your heads for you.


No printer is without issue; there will always be paper jams, smudges, and occasional errors getting in the way of your printing. By following these tips and getting to know your printer, you can reduce the chance of these things occurring, prolong the life of your printer and make your overall printing experience much better!