When it comes to ink cartridges, proper storage and care will help to prolong their shelf life and in the long term, save you money; but how do you go about maintaining your cartridges? We have compiled a few helpful hints and tips which will ensure you don’t waste ink or money.
Wherever possible you should store your ink cartridges in their original packaging and an upright position; keeping them on their side can cause leakages. Also, ensure that the space in which they are stored is cool and dark. However, if for whatever reason you need to store a cartridge before you have finished using it, or if it needs to be refilled then you need to encourage moisture to help prevent them from drying up.
In order to do this, you need to put some vinyl tape over the opening and then store each ink cartridge in separate sandwich bags. In addition, in order to help stop them from drying out, place a small damp, but not dripping, sponge or tissue in each bag. Be sure to check them every day if possible to ensure they are still moist.
When it comes to branded inks, for example, Epson printer ink cartridges, the manufacturer will usually have a support page on their website that provides help and advice when it comes to looking after the product; so if in doubt, be sure to consult these.
Whether you have expensive or cheap printer ink cartridges, they all need to be handled the same way.
- If you get any ink on your skin, be sure to wash it away quickly and thoroughly with soap and water.
- When using a new cartridge, print a test page to ensure the quality and that it has been properly installed.
- Avoid touching the copper contacts on the cartridge. If these are damaged then the quality will be impaired or worse; the cartridge simply won’t work.
- Do not leave opened printer cartridges outside of the printer for long periods as they can dry up very quickly.
- Also, contrary to popular belief, you should not shake your cartridges as this can damage them.
Another simple tip which is often overlooked is always turn off your printer when it is not in use. The reason for this is that when the printer is off, the cartridge returns to the starting position; while in this position, air cannot get to the ink, and it goes a small way to prolonging the life of the ink cartridge.
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