How To Clean a Laser Printer


Have you noticed strange marks on the paper you print out? Are there bits and pieces of loose toner coming out of your laser printer? It may be time to clean the printer. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to call a professional to clean your printer. You can do it yourself.

First you need to identify the part of the printer that needs to be cleaned. If you are like many people, you probably won’t know all of the technical names for the parts, but this does not mean that you cannot clean them yourself. First and most importantly, you need to ensure that the printer is turned off and that it is unplugged from the wall socket. If you leave the printer plugged in, you run the risk of being electrocuted.

Once you have done this, check the toner guards first. These are the trays that collect excess toner and when they are full, can cause horrible smudges and smears on the paper. To clean them, you will need to remove them from the machine and run them down with a clean cloth. This will remove any excess build up that is causing smudges. Next, check the paper feed rollers. These are the rollers that push paper through towards the wires and can be cleaned quite easily with a cotton swab that has been soaked in alcohol.

The corona wires can be found near the paper feed rollers and should be cleaned with a dry cotton swab, that is, one that has not been soaked in anything. These wires are static and when they have attracted too much dust, can cause printer problems. Another element that can become damaged by dust is the fan vent, which should be blown clean. When this vent is blocked, the printer can release dirt onto your documents.

If you struggle in any of these situations, call a professional. There is no need to try and deal with every situation on your own, especially when you have tried everything you can think of and there is a professional on call to help you deal with it.