Print a Test Page Once a Week to Avoid Clogged Ink Nozzles

Print a Test Page Once a Week to Avoid Clogged Ink Nozzles

Taryn Williford
Sep 28, 2011

Printer ink is expensive, y'all. More expensive per milliliter than champagne. The good champagne. And every time you have to run one of those head cleaning routines, you're wasting a ton of it. However, like in most things in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here's some easy ink nozzle maintenance for your inkjet printer.

The ink nozzles of your inkjet printer can get clogged up from a lack of use. If some wayward ink settles in the nozzle, it will dry over that idle period, blocking the ink behind it from getting through when you need it.

When this happens, you'll probably turn to your inkjet printer's head cleaning function, which blasts ink through each of your printer heads. You might only have a problem with the blank inkjet head, but you'll end up wasting ink from all your colors.

The good news is you can totally prevent this. Lifehacker suggests that the easiest way to prevent clogged inkjet heads is to print regularly and keep the ink nozzles moist.

That means for those of us whose at-home inkjet printer use is sporadic at best, we should stick to a regular printing routine. Make it a point to print off a colorful page each Sunday of a week where you've let your printer go unused—one that'll make use of each of your inkjet's colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), like the image of the records above. This simple image worked well for us.

via Lifehacker

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