Ways to Clean a Fuser Roller of Black Ink

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Ways to Clean a Fuser Roller of Black Ink
A properly cleaned fuser roller will prevent ink streaks on your documents. (ink spots image by dip from Fotolia.com)

Cleaning the fuser roller of a laser printer or copy machine can be a bit tricky. That's because the fuser roller, like the toner cartridge, is meant to be disposed of after it has been used for a certain amount of time. The fuser is also quite delicate, and cleaning it incorrectly could cause severe damage. However, there are times when black ink gets stuck on the fuser even though the fuser is not otherwise defective. In these cases, a number of methods can be employed to clean it.

Plain Paper

The easiest way to clean the fuser is the plain paper method. In essence, you would either run a number of sheets of plain white paper through your machine, printing nothing on them and allowing the black ink to bleed off, or if your printer or copier has a cleaning utility, you can set it to use that method and run the plain paper through the machine. It may take a number of runs to get the black ink off, but this is by far the safest method of cleaning the fuser.

Use a Special Fuser Cleaning Sheet or Web

If the plain paper method doesn't work, a number of different kinds of cleaning sheets and webs can be used to clean the fuser roller. These are sold by various companies. The company that manufactured your printer or copier may offer specialised cleaning sheets. You should contact the manufacturer directly to find out which of these items is the most appropriate to use to clean your printer's fuser.

Use Special Pads to Wipe It Down

Finally, if all else fails, you can purchase special pads that are designed to allow you to clean the fuser roller. These can be gently drawn across the fuser to wipe off excess ink. A number of companies sell such items, but they must be used tenderly when cleaning the roller.

Replace the Fuser

If nothing else helps, your only remaining choice is to replace the fuser completely. The fuser is considered a disposable item, not meant to last the lifetime of the printer (though they do last much longer than toner cartridges) and as such you can expect at some point to replace it. If none of the preceding methods help with the streaks, you probably do need to replace the fuser.

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