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How to Prevent Your Printhead From Drying Out

How to Prevent Your Printhead From Drying Out
How to Prevent the Printhead from Drying on an Ink Cartridge


Inkjet printers are popular for their high-quality prints, but they come with a rare, but occasional issue: printhead drying. This problem can be particularly prevalent in the event in which a printer isn't used that often. However, with a few simple steps, you can prevent your printhead from drying out and ensure your printer operates smoothly.

Regular Printing

One of the easiest ways to keep your printhead from drying out is to use your printer regularly. Aim to print at least once a week. This keeps the ink flowing and prevents it from settling and drying in the nozzles. Even if you have nothing to print; it's worth running a weekly print sheet that uses all installed cartridges.

Suitable Storage

If you need to store your printer for an extended period, make sure it's turned off properly and stored in a cool, dry place. Consider using a plastic cover to prevent dust accumulation, which can contribute to drying. The same applies for a daily-use printer - try and store the printer in a cool, dry place - with plenty of ventilation for the printer.

Use the Printer’s Maintenance Tools

Most printers come with built-in maintenance tools such as cleaning cycles and nozzle checks. Run these tools periodically to keep the printhead in good condition. Refer to your printer’s manual for specific instructions on how to perform these tasks. If you can't quite find how, or if you can run these on your printer - it's handy to Google '(your printer model) user manual'. 9 times out 10, your user manual will show you how to do this. If you are still stuck, get in touch and we'll see if we can find out how!

Keep Cartridges Sealed Until Use

Quite self-explanatory really, but compatible cartridges often come with protective seals. Keep these seals on until you are ready to install the cartridge. This prevents the ink from evaporating and drying out prematurely. Stocking up on cartridges, to have spares is always recommended (barring the odd range) - so the plastic, protective seals will help keep these cartridges safe from drying out.

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