Tip & How-To about Office Equipment & Supplies
Did you know that a perfectly good ink cartridge can dry out enough in just two weeks to be no good ever again. Not that all of the ink drys out, just that the ink closest to the working exit drys, clogging the exit holes and preventing the liquid ink from exiting. Often the printer indicates that the cartridge is still close to full but that color will not print out. I recently had this happen with an expensive jumbo black cartridge. After researching this and speaking with two printer technicians, my worst fear was confirmed. My almost new $35.00 ink cartridge was no good. And there is no way to fix it.
Knowing that these cartridges dry out pretty quickly, do not purchase a jumbo cartridge unless you do a lot of printing on a regular basis. The regular cartridges are good for about 200 copies and the jumbo cartridges are good for about 650 copies. If you know you aren't going to use your printer for the next couple of weeks or longer, remove the cartridges and store them.
Follow these steps for the best results:
1. Moisten a cotton ball with a small amount of tap water and carefully clean the residual ink from the working surcface of the cartridge.
2. Use a piece of plastic wrap to cover the working surface of the cartridge.
3. Store the cartridges in a ziplock bag trying to get out as much air as possible. This will prevent the ink from drying and clogging the holes.
I know this seems like a bit of work, but with the cost of these cartridges, it is time well spent. Happy printing everyone!
Posted by Joe Hogan on
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