1. Clean the Printhead Regularly
Over time, the printhead can become clogged, leading to poor print quality.
Use the automatic cleaning feature in your printer's settings to clean it.
If necessary, do a deep cleaning, but be aware this will use more ink.
2. Clean the Ink Cartridge Contacts
Ink cartridge contacts can accumulate dust or ink over time, causing issues with
cartridge recognition or print quality.
You can clean them gently with a lint-free cloth and distilled water or isopropyl alcohol.
Be careful not to touch the contacts with your fingers as the oil can cause issues.
3. Turn Off the Printer Properly
Always turn off your printer using the power button, this allows the printer
to properly cap the ink cartridges, reducing the chance of the ink
4. Use the Printer Regularly
Inkjet printers perform best when used regularly. If the printer is inactive for extended
periods, the ink can dry up and clog the nozzles. To avoid this, print a few pages at least
once a week.
5. Handle the Ink Cartridges Properly
When changing cartridges, avoid touching the printhead or ink port and never leave
a cartridge outside of the printer for too long, as this can cause the ink to dry up.
6. Store Cartridges Correctly
If you're not using a cartridge, keep it sealed in its original packaging, and store it upright
in a cool, dark place.
7. Use Good Quality Paper
Good quality paper can improve print quality and reduce strain on your printer.
Poor quality paper can shed fibers that clog the printhead and can cause
8. Keep the Printer Clean
Dust and debris in the printer can affect print quality and potentially damage the printer.
Keep the exterior clean, and occasionally use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently
clean the interior.
9. Update Firmware Regularly
Canon often releases firmware updates for their printers. These updates can include performance
improvements and bug fixes that can help optimize ink performance.
By taking a little time to maintain your Canon printer, you can help extend its lifespan, reduce issues
with ink performance, and ensure consistently high-quality prints.