Toner Clean-up Cloth
A toner cloth is essential when cleaning laser printers. What is a TONER CLOTH? It is a special disposable lint free cloth that attracts & traps toner particles. You “activate” the cloth by slowly stretching the sides. The toner cloth should be thrown away when done.
Toner does tend to accumulate, so occasionally cleaning your laser printer rollers with a lint-free toner cloth and isopropyl alcohol will extend their life and make them less likely to cause paper jams.
Manually Cleaning Inside the Printer
CAUTION: Do not use the toner cleaning cloth on the drum, developer sleeves in the print cartridge, or transfer rollers. This can damage these units and cause other print quality problems.
- STEP 1: Unplug the printer from the surge suppressor.
- STEP 2: Remove the internal paper trays.
- STEP 3: Remove the toner cartridge and place it on a piece of scrap paper.
- STEP 4: Clean inside the toner cavity with a dry, lint-free cloth and brush (if a brush is supplied with the printer).
- STEP 5: Clean the printer mirror gently with the brush. Don't touch the mirror if a brush isn't provided.
- STEP 6: Wipe away dust and spilled toner. Remove paper fragments.
- STEP 7: Clean the rollers, but don't touch the sponge roller.
- STEP 8: Replace the toner cartridge.
Tips & Warnings
- To remove unfused toner from the rollers following a paper jam, print 5 to 10 blank pages on scrap paper.
- Wipe toner from clothing if necessary, then immediately wash toner-soiled clothes in cold water.
- Go to your printer manufacturer's Web site (see Related Sites) for detailed cleaning instructions.
- Don't use any liquid cleaners inside the printer.
Initiating Automatic Cleaning Through Printer Software
- STEP 1: Open the printer software by double-clicking on a printer icon or specific printer utility program, or opening a document and then selecting Print from the File menu.
- STEP 2: In the printer software, look for a button labeled Options, Troubleshooting, Toolbox, Printer Utilities or something similar. (This varies by manufacturer.)
- STEP 3: Follow the instructions on the screen.
- STEP 4: Repeat the cleaning process if the results aren't satisfactory.