Protect Your Printer Ink From Drying Up

Have you had issues with your printer ink dying up while you were on vacation or just because it’s so hot?

Recently, several of my clients have had issues with their printers not printing clearly because the ink has dried up so I thought it would be helpful to give you some tips on how to prevent this.

Storing and Handling Ink Cartridges

  • TrioKeep ink cartridges sealed in the original package until they are installed. Store at temperatures between -15 and 35 degrees Celsius (5 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit).

If you don’t print very often, run a test page or print a page of coloured print once in a while to keep the print head clear and the ink running.  

To keep cartridges from drying out while you are on vacation, always turn the printer off using the power button, and wait until the power light goes out before you pull the plug or turn off a power strip. This allows the printer to move the cartridges to a capped position.

If you remove a cartridge from the printer for any reason, try to replace it again as soon as possible. Outside of the printer, if unprotected, cartridges begin to dry out. If the printer uses separate ink cartridges and printhead, the printhead can be damaged if cartridges are not installed.

If you must store opened cartridges for any reason:

  • place them (nozzles up) in a plastic tub with an airtight lid.

    Image: Plastic tub with an airtight lid
  • Some cartridges have an orange cap that is twisted off to open. If these supplies have been opened, replace the orange cap before it is stored.

  • Place a damp cloth or paper in the tub.  Do not use plastic bags. Do not allow anything to touch the cartridge nozzles.

  1 comment for “Protect Your Printer Ink From Drying Up

  1. October 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

    From Eve Remer, Interior Design & Decorating,

    Thank you, Mardi.
    Great tips!

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