Your printer has little rubber wheels that are embedded inside. They are the ones moving sheets of paper and are often referred to as printer rollers. Printer rollers that are always kept clean can print documents smoothly without causing paper jams or poor print results. If you have never thought of cleaning printer rollers, now is the time to do so. This can help the printer rollers to grab sheets of paper correctly for smooth print jobs. Here is how you can clean them.
Locate the position of the printer rollers first. They are most likely underneath inkjet printers. Directly above the paper tray is where you need to remove before adding some pressure onto the rollers. This will make them rotate automatically. Alternatively, you can make use of the “feed paper” option in your printer settings to get the rollers to rotate. Remember not to expunge them during cleaning.
Take a lint-free towel with some water to wipe down the rollers. Your towel needs to be just partly wet for you to wipe down efficiently. This is to get rid of any accumulated dirt or filth found on the rollers. You may also wish to wipe down other parts of the printer rollers to achieve a full wipe down. Before using your printer again, make sure to wait until the rollers have fully dried up.
Make use of a rubber restoring product that can restore the printer rollers’ natural sheen. This will enable them to glide effortlessly for every print job. Apply the rubber restoring product using a Q-tip.
For laserjet printers, their printer rollers are also usually found near the paper tray which is located on top of the printer. Open the access panel if you are not able to locate the paper tray. To remove the toner cartridge, simply lift it up in a vertical motion. For some laserjet printer models, they come with manual rotating rollers. This would require you to unfasten the clips found on each side of the rollers.
Take an alcohol swab and clean the rollers. Rub the alcohol swab in a circular motion over the printer rollers and make sure to do so thoroughly. Before re-installing the rollers back into your printer, ensure that they are completely dry. Be sure to also prevent any alcohol from the swab from getting inside your printer to avoid causing damage.
If you do not have any alcohol swab, you may also make use of a lint-free cloth with a little bit of water to gently scrub the printer rollers to remove any debris or dirt that is stuck. Water may take a longer time to dry up so be sure to check for any water residue before you re-install back the rollers into your printer.
The steps required to clean out your printer rollers are pretty much similar for other printers regardless of their brand. Just ensure that you wait until the water or alcohol has completely dried out before re-installing back the rollers.