As with any investment, you need to make sure your ID printer is kept clean and maintained on a regular basis. ID card printers that are not properly maintained can become inoperable, causing print issues and can ultimately shorten the life of a printer, or worse, void your manufacturer warranty. Proper routine care and maintenance will prolong the life of your ID printer and insure the highest quality card output.
From most printer drivers, you can run a cleaning cycle for your printer using cleaning cards (pre-saturated or sticky-tape).
How to clean your ID printer:
- Feed Rollers: Cleaning kits include cleaning cards that clean your feeder/transport rollers. Run one after each ribbon change.
- Print Head: Cleaning swabs with isopropanol alcohol (IPA) or an approved thermal printhead cleaning pen may be used CAREFULLY on the printhead with each ribbon change.
- Overall maintenance: Depending on use and environment, consider having a more thorough printer cleaning and tune up by our Factory Trained Service Technicians.
ASAP Identification sells cleaning kits for all ID card printers. We also offer a Printer Service for either routine maintenance or repairs. Call us at 1-800-ASAP4ID for pricing.