Drum cartridges are one of the important components in a laser printer's printing process. Also referred to as photo-receptor drums, the printer draws the image it processed from the peripheral device to it through a laser then through heat it binds the toner into the paper. With this in mind, laser printer users should remember that they need to maintain they're drum cartridges once in a while, this would likely help in maintaining the quality of the printouts your laser printers produce.
That's why TonerGreen blog, the blog that aims to promote environment-conscious printing, starting with the use of eco-friendly printing consumables like Tonergreen's remanufactured toner cartridges, cartridges & printer supplies, is here to give you the steps on how to clean your laser printer's drum cartridge:
- Before anything else, make sure to plug off your printer's power cord and let it stay still for an hour to let the heat fusers or the photo-receptor drum to cool down. This will avoid any accident such as burning your skin upon cleaning a laser printer after it had just been used.
- Get a Phillips screwdriver in order to remove the screws holding the drum in place. These screws are found at the either end of the drum. For vertical drums, you will have to depress a release switch located behind the drum cartridge. Then carefully remove it from the printer your printer, placing it aside on top of a clean paper towel. Make sure to have some gloves and mask on for safety measure, since toner particles can cause some health problems when inhaled.
- Moisten a paper towel or rag with acetone the thoroughly wipe down the drum. There will probably be some built-in ink on the drum so this might take several attempts for you to fully-clean it. Allow the drum cartridge to dry completely before returning it to your printer. Make sure to hold it gently in place while locking down the release switch or lever. After the drum is locked in place, put the screws back into place and close the printer.