Solved

Inkjet printer seldom used...what is the best way to preserve the ink cartidges?

Posted on 2004-08-24
6
586 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I have a laser printer and a inkjet printer but seldom use the inkjet for cost and quality, etc.  So, several months have passed and the inkjet seems to be dried up.  It worked fine the last time it was used.

I was wondering if anyone has tried storing the cartidges in a ziploc bag and what luck you have had?

Or, is printing at least one page a week a better solution?
0
Comment
Question by:KingDumbNo
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
6 Comments
 
LVL 69

Accepted Solution

by:
Callandor earned 125 total points
ID: 11885444
The nozzles themselves may be clogged - you can try gently wiping the print head with a paper towel with alcohol, to dissolve the dried ink.  Even storing in a ziploc bag will not prevent drying - your best solution is to periodically use it.
0
 
LVL 6

Author Comment

by:KingDumbNo
ID: 11885533
I cleaned it with rubbing alcohol before researching how to do it.  That said, I think I may have ruined the cartridge since I wiped the entire copper surface.  Should I just buy new cartridges and hope I didn't ruin the printer?

Callandor, you've answered my question so I will award points shortly.  I want to leave this open for a little while longer in case you or someone else chimes in to respond to my additional thoughts above.

Thanks!
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:pjcrooks2000
ID: 11885644
King if it is an Epsom printer as I suspect it probably is, switch the machine off and only switch it on when it is being used.

good luck
0
The Eight Noble Truths of Backup and Recovery

How can IT departments tackle the challenges of a Big Data world? This white paper provides a roadmap to success and helps companies ensure that all their data is safe and secure, no matter if it resides on-premise with physical or virtual machines or in the cloud.

 
LVL 69

Expert Comment

by:Callandor
ID: 11885685
That won't work - I have an Epson 1280 and it dried out after a short time.
0
 
LVL 6

Author Comment

by:KingDumbNo
ID: 11885706
pjcrooks2000,

I didn't understand the "...it probably is..."  Did you mean to say that you think the printer is ruined or just the cartidges?

It's an HP and I do keep it turned off.  Good thought though.
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:crazijoe
ID: 11886200
Ink cartridges themselves have a shelf life. I have ran into buying some 6 month old expired cartridges that would clog after 4 or 5 days of non-use. I got a good deal on them but paid in the end. It wasn't worth the hassle.
0

Featured Post

Enterprise Mobility and BYOD For Dummies

Like “For Dummies” books, you can read this in whatever order you choose and learn about mobility and BYOD; and how to put a competitive mobile infrastructure in place. Developed for SMBs and large enterprises alike, you will find helpful use cases, planning, and implementation.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Does your iMac really need a hardware upgrade? Will upgrading RAM speed-up your computer? If yes, then how can you proceed? Upgrading RAM in your iMac is not as simple as it may seem. This article will help you in getting and installing right RA…
This article outlines why you need to choose a backup solution that protects your entire environment – including your VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization hosts – not just your virtual machines.

726 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question