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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
CLEANING YOUR PRINTER DRUM ROLLER
It won't always work, but when your print quality is effected by the ageing of the drum roller (see previous article), you might try cleaning it.
But drum units are very sensitive, so clean at your own
Like all of us, our drum unit has a definite life
expectancy period. Ours is approx .70 to 80 years approx. A drum cartridge is
usually 3 to 4 printer cartridges lives. Simply, it wears out.
Because they are expensive to replace, relative to the
cost of the toner cartridge, you might want to attempt to clean the drum,
remembering that toner powder is a toxic substance (as in poison), until it is
transferred to paper, and should be handled with care.
If your drum is suffering from any of the following
symptoms, then either replace it or clean it:
·Smudges or marks on paper
·Blank spaces in image (text or
·Lumps of powder on the drum
Remember, don’t attempt to clean it unless you
accept that you might damage it i.e. it is unacceptable.
Before you start, check to see if your user
guide advises you of the correct procedure, and follow that if so. Otherwise do
the following procedure.
Use a pair of throw away rubber gloves;
surgical or washing gloves are fine. Place a large sheet of plastic onto a flat
surface, or newspaper, as this can be a messy job.
Open the printer and remove the toner cartridge. Inspect the
drum for obvious damage. If it's damaged, don't try to clean it; replace it. Place
the drum roller on the plastic/newspaper. Remove any large spots of toner on
the drum with tweezers or pliers. Be
careful not to scratch the surface. Dip a cotton swab in a rubbing alcohol.
Gently swipe any visible soiling. If the entire drum looks dirty, then put a couple
of drops of alcohol on a soft, lint-free cloth and carefully wipe the drum.
Check the other parts for toner residue while you have the cartridge out.
Carefully clean them.
Reinstall the cartridge and print a couple of test pages. If the problem
persists, then go back to the first alternative: a new drum, or a new printer
if drum replacement is becoming too frequent..