Introduction: CheapGeek- How to Clean a Dirty Old Printer
CheapGeek way to Clean a Printer. This Dirty Old Laser printer was the deal in 1996.
6 pages per minute of blazing fast monchrome printing. Document quality and the price was $350.00
I however, got the printer for $150.00 (in 1996 a deal for sure). This printer served us well and as time progressed, it sat neglected on the top the desk. A new color printer took over the job as print master.
Sad- to see this dirty old warrior silent, un-used. Every reboot, the printer would rachet to life, grinding, grunting and wheeze, then wait. Poor lonely printer waiting for a print job.
Print jobs that until recently, did not come.
It's time to resurrect you- Old Printer of the Monochrome, Grandpa Laser.
Some cleaning and maintenance should do it.
Here's how I cleaned the printer, to bring it back to life.....
Step 1: CheapGeek- Gather Materials
1. General purpose cleaner.
2. Isopropyl Alcohol at least 70% by volume. <70% by volume will allow the alcohol and cleaner mix to evaporate quickly with very little residue.>
3. Small spray bottle. For the mix.
4. Paper towels.
5. 1 1/2 inch paintbrush.
6. Cotton tipped swabs.
7. Vacuum cleaner or canned air.
8. Dust mask- couldn't hurt, for safety.
Step 2: CheapGeek-Time to Clean
Find your self a suitable work area.
1. Remove the catridge --When your ready, remove the toner catridge from the printer (mine is easy to remove) consult your printer documentation if you need to.
2. Use the paintbrush to remove dust and debris. Make sure the vents are clear.
3. For the inside use the brush to loosen dust and debris as well.
Watch for toner. Use a mask if you need to.
4. Use the vacuum to remove what you can. No vacuum, use canned air.
Step 3: CheapGeek- Time to Clean 2
1. Seal the inside-Place a protective barrier inside the printer where catridge once was. I used an old tshirt.
2. Spray- Spray the outside with your cleaning mixture. I mix one part cleaner to 2 parts alcohol and combine into a spray bottle. Shake- and Spray.
3. Wipe- Wipe the outside thoroughly. Get everything. Use Qtips to reach the corners or anywhere a puddle gathers.
4. Let it dry. Rinse, lather, repeat. Sort of.
5. I use the paper towels already dampened and wipe the inside. Watch for sensitve components.
Step 4: CheapGeek- Time to Clean 3.
After the cleaning is finished, let the unit dry.
1. Clean the catridge, use the brush to loosen dust.
2. Use a dampened paper towel to wipe the outside.
3. Let it dry.
4. Reinsert the cartridge.
Step 5: CheapGeek- Done
Everything's clean and dry.
Time to put the printer back into action.
Before the printer goes back into action, I'll check the Internet for new drivers and any other updated software.
If you don't know what it is- do not soak it down with cleaner.
If there are excessive amounts of toner powder present in the printer-
you may want to clean the unit outside. Wear a mask.
Toner can be dangerous- the average vacuum cannot filter toner dust effectively, exercise caution.
For large toner deposits, use Qtips to remove most of the toner.
A clean very lightly damp cloth can gather most of the toner.
The veteran printer is now part of loop and ready for action, cleaned and retooled with a new found driver and sense of purpose.
Grandpa still wheezes to life, and now proudly prints a relatively streak and blotch free print.
Here's to you. Old Printer of the Monochrome, Grandpa Laser.