Keep in mind that drum units are tough to clean. They are sensitive so in the event that you are not handy by nature, it is better to ask a friend to help you out. Alternately, use the services of a professional.
The drum roller of your toner printer can be cleaned and you might want to do that in order to increase its life cycle. In most cases a drum cartridge will last while using around 3 to 4 cartridges. After that, it will wear out. However, you can increase the life cycle through cleaning and this is something that you have to consider because the drum unit is quite expensive when compared to the toner cartridge.
Before we get started, remember that toner powder is dangerous because it is toxic until the transfer to paper is done. Handle it with care. Try to clean the drum roller when you notice:
- Faded text
- Paper marks or smudges
- Paper jams often appear
- Images have blank spots
- Powder or tears appear on the drum
Once again, remember that when you try to clean the drum roller you can damage it in the event that you make mistakes. Do that at your own risk!
We recommend that you take a close look at the user guide that comes with your printer or look for the troubleshooting manual on the internet. This is helpful as you can see what the correct cleaning procedure is. Follow it and in the event that you do not find such information, follow the tips mentioned below.
It is recommended to use rubber gloves but washing or surgical gloves are also OK. Put a plastic sheet that is large on a surface that is flat. You can use a newspaper or a large sheet of regular paper. Open your printer and then remove your toner cartridge. Look at the drum to see if there is obvious damage noticed. In the event that you see such damage, replace the drum roller as there is no sense in cleaning it.
Put the drum roller on a newspaper or on the plastic sheet. Remove the toner spots that are large with the use of pliers or tweezers. Stay attentive to not scratch the drum's surface. Then, take a cotton swab and simply dip it in rubbing alcohol. Any visible soothing should be neatly swiped with the cotton swab.
If you have a drum roller that is very dirty, take a lint-free cloth that is soft and drop some alcohol on it. Be careful to not add too much. Look for toner residue when the cartridge is out and also clean the interior of the printer if such areas are noticed.
When you are done, make sure that you let the alcohol dry and then reinstall the toner cartridge. Do a test run and in the unwanted event that you still have a problem, the only solution that remains is buying a brand new drum roller. In addition, if you notice that the drum needs to be replaced too often, you have to seriously consider buying a new printer.