Richards Advice Blog

Try To Print Weekly

I often get asked; ‘Why has my printer stopped printing or why is it printing poor results, I barely even use it’ the answer to that is in the question itself. A printer that is barely used or not used very often will at some point block up and stop printing.

We find that a printer that is regularly used performs at its best, in our experience we recommend using your printer to print at least once every two weeks. Print something, print anything… that small amount of ink you use will no doubt be a lot less than the ink you would waste cleaning the printing heads trying to unclog your printer.

Our top tips for keeping your printer working are

1)      Try to print something in  colour and Black once every 1-2 weeks; printing something in colour will ensure the printing heads stay clean and free of blockages.

2)      Turn your printer off and turn it on once a week, turning it on will cause to perform a small clean on start up this keeps the printing heads moist and clear of blockages.

3)      Perform a nozzle check pattern before starting a large print run, that way you can check the printer is working well before starting a print run and potentially wasting paper.

Doing a small full colour print every two weeks will keep the printing head moist and the jets free from clogged or dried ink. Printing a nozzle check pattern or a test print will also suffice as this will fire all the printing nozzles and ensure they stay in good working order.  It does not matter if the original inks or compatible inks are being used, the head can still block from not using the printer.

The video below gives you an idea how to perform cleaning and test prints, this method is the same on other makes and models of inkjet printers.

If you need any free advice or assistant, please contact us and we will be more then happy to help.