Hey folks. Our recent blog on general printer maintenance got us thinking that it'd be great to offer you some more features and how-to's on printer cleaning.
OK - not the most inspiring of topics we're sure you'll agree, but it might just come in handy one day!
So here's our first one – on cleaning your laser printer drum. The laser printer drum is the major component that dictates print quality, so it's crucial that it is regularly checked.
What is a printer drum?
Simple. The printer drum unit is the big central part of your laser printer. Inside it is the bit that really does all the work – the tube-shaped object that looks a little bit like a really long packet of mints. Or something.
Why should I bother to clean it?
Because it might fix your printer and extend its lifespan. As soon as the drum stops working properly, it would be easy to simply replace it.
But it wouldn't be cheap – have you seen how much they cost!
So it's worth trying to clean the drum first to see if this can remedy the problem - so not only is it good practice to clean your printer's drum, it could make it last for longer, too.
Easy to clean - step-by-step
If you start having printing problems - such as sketchy or blotchy prints – it could be a sign the drum needs a once-over.
Cleaning your printer's drum unit doesn't have to be expensive - all you need is some elbow grease and a few bits and bobs.
An important point: when cleaning, it is really important not to use anything that may damage the inner drum. This could cause damage to your printer - and we don't want that.
If you have print quality problems, clean the drum unit as follows:
1. Get yourself some tweezers, a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol
2. Turn the power off to your printer and consult the manufacturer's guidelines to see if there's anything specific you need to know about when it comes to cleaning the machine
3. Remove the drum unit from the printer - with great care. Drums are very sensitive so it's important not to damage them. Remove carefully and place on a safe surface
4. Remove any chunks of toner with the tweezers. Bits of toner breaking off and embedding themselves in the drum unit is a big cause of problem prints. If you spot any, gently remove them using the tweezers (or pliers, or something similar)
5. Next, apply some rubbing alcohol to the soft cloth and (gently now) clean the drum unit. Then, give it a final once-over before popping it back in the machine. Simple, huh?
Finally, conduct a test print to see if your cleaning has worked. We hope you find that it has. If not, it's likely there's something else wrong with the drum and you may need to replace it.
But the important thing to remember is that if your printer starts playing up, don't assume you need to start shelling out and replacing parts. A quick clean might do the trick.