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Proper Ink Storage

From the Printware Blog on Wednesday 15th July 2015

Proper printer maintenance is crucial to the lifecycle and efficiency of your device. It helps to keep everything up and running when you need it most, whether this is before a big event or client meeting.

However, what a lot of businesses don't realise is that the upkeep of ink cartridges can also have an impact on the quality of your prints.

If you bulk buy printer cartridges, only to dump them in the back of the store cupboard, you may be affecting the lifespan and quality of the ink. Proper ink storage is so important when it comes to ensuring all of your documents are pristine, and the lifecycle of your ink is extended.

So, before you shut away your ink, only to be seen when the printer splutters for more, think about care and maintenance to get the most out of your printer cartridges. If you're unsure of the best way to take care of your ink before its use, read on.

In today's blog post, We will be taking a look at just a few tips for proper ink storage.

Safe Door

Keep Upright and Sealed

When storing away your ink cartridges, you need to make sure they remain upright. This will help to avoid the possibility of the inks blending. However, if you want to take extra precautions to avoide this problem, you can seal all openings using tape. Before you do so, it is recommended to give each opening a gentle wipe to remove any debris that may have built up. You should do this using a damp cloth.

Next, collect some sealable bags, such as sandwich bags and pop your cartridges inside.

Keep Moist

Ideally, you need to keep the ink damp. You can do this by establishing a moisture pocket for each bag. All you need to do is wet the bags using a sponge, before wringing out most of the water, leaving it moist without being too wet.

If you have a few bags with printer cartridges, do this for each bag.

Lastly, if you are planning to store your ink cartridges for a while, you should carry out this routine every couple of days.

Correct Environment

After you have moistened the bags, it is advised to keep them in the correct environment to prolong their lifespan. Make sure your store cupboard provides a cool setting with limited light. Also, don't forget to keep the cartridges upright to make sure they don't leak in the bags.

These are just three tips for proper ink storage.

Here at Printware, we supply affordable printers and ink cartridges to businesses across the UK. Please feel free to browse our site for office essentials or get in touch today if you have any general queries. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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