Storing Ink Cartridges
When one works smartly to cut down the printing expenses, they ought to get the most of the cartridges, in a way to use them smartly and maximize the use of it to the best way possible to ensure that the value of money invested is best used.
In this article we may discus a few tips which will help you maximise the use of your ink cartridges to get the most out of them. By being smarter in such a situation one can ensure that the cartridges last for as long as possible.
Tip#1 Store The Cartridges The Right Way
While making the best use of the cartridges you should store them in an upright position, this trick ensures that the cartridges do not dry out and it may also help prevent any leakages, which leads to a waste of ink, If your printer only has two cartridges both the black and colour ink cartridges they should be stored either in its original sealed wrapping or in a protected clip, If you expose the printer cartridges for too long in the open the air will cause the print head area of the cartridge to dry up, The will cause the cartridge to print badly or not print at all, if the cartridge has dried up there is something’s we can do to get the cartridge working again, The next step will only work if your printer only has two cartridges and looks similar to the ones in the photo below, If you put the cartridge on a plate with a small amount of lukewarm water just enough to cover the first quarter of the cartridge for about 10-20 seconds it should help break down the hard ink that has formed on the ink cartridge, Do not put the colour cartridge and the black cartridge in the water together as this will lead to cross contamination and the colours will turn a shade of brown, dry the cartridges out with a paper towel and gently rub the print head area to remove any hard that remains. Place the ink cartridge back into the printer and test to see if the cartridges are now printing again, If not repeat the process a few times till you start to see ink coming out onto the page, If there is still no print on the page it may be case the cartridges are empty or is faulty, if so you will need to replace the cartridge with a new one,
Tip#2 Store The Cartridges In The Right Place
When we talk about wanting to increase the life of the ink cartridges, you need to make sure that you store the cartridges in the right ideal place which will increase the storage life of them. The highly recommended place to store such ink cartridges is to place them in cool places which are dark, and dry. Keeping them away from sunlight may help maintain the color of the ink. Cartridges which have been opened can have a shelf life of up to six months only in the case where you store them in the right place using the right way on the other hand the cartridges which are still sealed can be good for use for up to two years the condition being the same, store them the right way. It is suggested that you should keep the ink cartridges in a well ventilated place, which is cool and can maintain the room temperature for long.
Storing the cartridges in warm places may lead to the ink being dried out on permanent basis or it may also make bubbles in the ink which will not be able to print as effectively as before.
Tip#3 Do Not Open the Cartridges Unless You Need To Use Them
The cartridges come in the best packaging and if you uselessly rip them out of the package you are doing nothing but diminishing their shelf and storage life. If the ink is exposed to air it may end up being dried even before the use, leading to nothing but a huge waste of money. The packaging helps maintain to keep them in the real state, if you have removed the packaging what you can do next which serves as the second alternative for the package is that they must be stored outside of the product, place them (nozzles up) in a plastic tub with an airtight lid.
Tip#4 Always leave the ink cartridges in the printer while moving the printer,
It is good practice to always leave the ink cartridges in the printer when the printer is being moved/transported, When the printer is in standby mode or is powered off the printer will move the cartridges into its home position, when in its home position it seals the cartridges with the cleaning station or purge unit, This helps maintain the cartridges in an air tight environment, If the printer hasn’t been used for a long period of time it might be a good idea to use the printhead cleaning process in step 1,
When moving the printer always try to keep the printer level, On most inket printers the waste black ink is stored in a waste collector sponge, this sponge is good for the life of the printer and should never have to be emptied, But when the printer is moved and stored in an upright position the ink from the waste sponge will sometimes leak out of the printer and form a puddle on the bottom of the printer, When this happens it can cause all sort of problems within the printer, The waste ink can leak out onto sensors or the encoder strip, If ink get into the sensors or the encode strip it is very hard to clean off and could spell the end of the machine, So always keep the machine on a level surface,