Friday, December 15, 2006

Cleaning Laser Toners & Laser Printer

By: Bobby Hudson

Using laser printers has multiple advantages. You must have invested quite an
amount in buying a top-rated laser toner printer. You will obviously want the
best performance from it throughout the year. In this case, you will also want
to know how to do a basic cleaning of the laser toner and your printer. This can
be a particularly risky task as exposure to large amounts of laser toner
particles can cause serious irritations to the respiratory tract. Also, the
laser toner is a black powder, which can dirty the room and your skin
considerably. However, you need to be sure that cleaning your laser printer
yourself will not void the printer's warranty (ask your vendor or a qualified

Listed below are some of the basic steps to clean the laser toner from your
laser printer:
  1. Most importantly, unplug the power cable before starting your work.
  2. Switch off the laser printer at least an hour before cleaning. The
    fuser-roller section gets heated up during the printing process and can burn
    you if you accidentally touch it.
  3. Switch off the fans and air-conditioners before cleaning as the fine laser
    toner particles takes more than a quarter of an hour to settle once airborne.
    This will also prevent you from inhaling the laser toner particles.
  4. Arrange for the tools required for the task - vacuum cleaner, cloth to
    wash, cotton balls, soft paint brush, mask, compressed can of air - available
    at office supply stores or departmental stores, Isopropyl (do not use regular
    alcohol; you can use any chemical that is used to clean heads of cassette
    tapes or VCDs or tape drives), latex gloves (to keep your hands clean, but
    this is optional).
  5. Put on the mask and gloves and then open the printer.
  6. Remove the laser toner bottle or laser toner printer cartridge gently.
  7. Wipe the laser toner cartridge with the washcloth and then place it aside.
  8. Clean the spilled laser toner from inside the printer with the vacuum
    cleaner. Try not to touch the surface inside the printer with the nozzle. Do
    not use the washcloth to clean the inside of the printer.
  9. Gently remove all traces of laser toner with the paintbrush.
  10. Avoid brushing and vacuuming the exposed fine wires (corona wires) as
    repairing them can be an expensive affair. Gently clean the wires (under as
    well as the top) with cotton swabs dipped in isopropyl.
  11. Replace the toner cartridge, close and reconnect the printer.
  12. Do not switch on the fans and air-conditioners immediately after cleaning.
    Leave the toner to settle and then slowly open the windows and vacuum the
    remaining laser toner from the table, floor and the like. Wash your hands with
    soap and cold water.

About the Author:
Bobby Hudson writes articles for guide sites like, and, related to the imaging and information supplies industry.

Advantages of Using Laser Printers

By: Bobby Hudson

A decade back, it would have been useless trying to make a choice between an inkjet printer and a laser printer. The prices of the monochrome laser printers were exorbitant. Home users would invariably choose inkjet printers. Currently, the distinctive line between the two has faded and an increasing number of users are opting for laser printers for their user-friendly functionalities. The introduction of color laser printers has also contributed to this boost in the sale of laser printers. Offices, which handle high workload generally, use laser printers. The printer works like a photocopier: The computer generates an image and etches it by using a laser beam.

Advantages of Laser printers

The price of laser printers has reduced considerably over the past few years. It is possible to get a standard monochrome laser printer within $300, like the Brother HL5150D, HP Q5911A - LaserJet 1020 Printer, Okidata 62422001, Samsung ML2010, Xerox-Tektronix 4500N, whereas, previously it would be priced at around $1500. The advantages of a laser printer are multiple, e.g. it is speedier, cheaper, and quieter and produces crisper prints than inkjet printers:

  • It can turn out pages faster than an inkjet printer
  • It is usually quieter than low-cost inkjet printers, therefore, less disturbing
  • Prints crisper and better quality black text and line graphics, than any inkjet printer. The standard (non-color) laser printer usually uses only black ink
  • Toner costs for a laser printer will be lesser per page than refilling/replacing inkjet printer cartridges, in the long run. You can use a single toner cartridge for almost three months without having to change it
  • Color laser printers (e.g. Brother HL2700CN, HP Q6455A, Lexmark 20K1200, Okidata 62421901, Samsung CLP510, Xerox-Tektronix F116MB) may be a trifle costlier than their monochrome counterparts. However, these offer better-quality color output than most low-cost inkjet printers. A laser printer mixes several prime colors to make its image. These yield a much lower cost-per-page than inkjets. They have larger internal memory and are suitable for network printing, like the HP LaserJet 2300 series. Compatible toners are available for these printers
    After a new printer is launched, it generally takes six to twelve months for the compatible or remanufactured supplies to be available. Color laser supplies may require a longer period for research and development. Therefore, it is advisable to buy a discontinued model for readily available supplies. You may also find refurbished or compatible toners for these models

About the Author:
Bobby Hudson writes articles for guide sites like, and, related to the imaging and information supplies industry.

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