The Ultimate Printer Cleaning Quiz

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The Ultimate Printer Cleaning Quiz
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You may not have realized it, but your printer needs some regular maintenance to work at its maximum efficiency. Cleaning your printer once in a while will prolong its life and give you better printing results.
What's the first thing you do when you want to print something on your printer?
Turn the printer on.
Check the ink.
Check the paper.
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When you want to print something on your printer, first you turn the printer on, send the print command from your computer and wait for the printer to do it's thing. It's also a good idea to check whether the paper and ink are loaded properly.

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Which part of an inkjet printer may need occasional maintenance?
the on/off button
the ink nozzles
the paper tray
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The microscopic ink nozzles in an inkjet printer and the mirror and rollers in a laser printer are examples of some complicated printer parts that may need occasional maintenance.

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Cleaning your printer occasionally will:
allow you to get the maximum number of printed pages out of your ink cartridges
give you better printing results
both of the above
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Cleaning your printer occasionally will save you money by helping you get the maximum number of printed pages out of your ink cartridges. It will also give you better printing results.

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The printer head is the part of an _____ that contains tiny nozzles that spray ink onto the paper.
inkjet printer
laser printer
thermal printer
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In an inkjet printer, the printer head is the part that contains tiny nozzles that spray ink onto the paper. If the printer head gets clogged, some colors might not print correctly, or you might notice streaks or smears on your paper.

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The _____ that holds the print cartridges has its own special place in the printer.
print warehouse
print dock
print carriage
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The print carriage that holds the print cartridges has its own special place away from the paper path. This protects the ink cartridges and printer heads from dust and dry-out.

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If you're using your printer in a particularly dusty place, what can you do to protect it?
Keep a cover over it.
Clean it every day.
Clean it every week.
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If your printer is being used in a very dusty environment, such as an office trailer on a construction site, you may want to use a plastic cover to protect it when it's not in use.

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How can you clean your printer yourself?
Activate the printer's cleaning cycle.
Use alcohol to clean the printer head manually.
both of the above
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If your printer needs cleaning, check your printer's owner's manual for instructions on how to activate the cleaning or maintenance cycle. If you want to clean the printer head manually, you can use isopropyl alcohol and a lint free cloth or cotton swab.

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What simple cleaning task can keep your printer trouble-free?
Dust it.
Vacuum it.
Scour it.
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Just cleaning the dust off the top of your printer can keep dust from getting into the printer's insides. All you need is a damp cloth.

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What's the best way to clean a laser printer?
Use alcohol.
Use a rag made from micro fibers.
Call a professional technician.
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Cleaning a laser printer can be dangerous, since some parts of a laser printer can be very hot, and toner particles can irritate your lungs if you inhale them. Your best bet is to call a professional printer service technician.

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What products should you use in your printer to keep it in good working order?
high-quality paper
high-quality inks
both of the above
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Using low-quality paper or recycled or third party ink products in your printer may save you money in the short run, but may cause long-term problems.

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