If you are a regular user of ink it's likely you'll have a stock of bulk products tucked away under the desk or under the stairs.
Well, perhaps. However, by giving your ink cartridges a spot of TLC you can make them last longer and ensure you get the best possible print results too.
One really important thing to note is that while you can expect your cartridges to last a long time, up to two years in most cases, you can prolong their longevity and keep them in tip-top condition by storing them at room temperature.
In most home or office environments, this won't be a problem at all. But if you keep your cartridges in the cellar or the garage (OK – unlikely we know, but you never know!), it might be an idea to make sure they're not exposed to damp, cold, or extreme heat (heat in the UK? Granted – not gonna happen).
What's more, store your cartridges in an upright position. Really all you need to do it make sure they aren't thrown higgledy piggledy about the place - you could keep them upright in a cardboard box or store them in plastic totes. Also, keep them boxed up with all the packaging intact until you come to actually use them.
When it comes to actually using the ink cartridges, just stick them in the printer and they'll do the job, right? Well, to some extent, yes.
But there are a few things to be aware of. One thing is, simply, to treat your ink cartridge with care. If you get a paper jam and need to take out the cartridge – just do so carefully, don't rag the thing out. it's simple things like this that help to prolong the life of your cartridges.
If you're not going to be printing for a while, it's also a good idea to print something out every now and again – just to keep your cartridges ticking over in good working order.
Another thing: Don't interfere with the print head it could permanently damage the cartridge.
Do you have any best practice tips for storing ink cartridges? Let us know in the comments below.