How Often Should You Clean Your Laser Printer?

Wed, September 25, 2013

How Often Should You Clean Your Laser Printer?

Keep electronics clean to keep them in the best working order possible. In the case of laser printers, dust and paper lint are common reasons that printers stop working properly. Cleaning the outside of the printer regularly cuts down on dust and other debris that can cause your printer to malfunction.


  1. Wipe the outside of the printer approximately once a week to keep it free from dust. Use a soft rag dampened with plain water. Wipe the printer with a little rubbing alcohol to remove any stains.
  2. Look for smearing when you print out your pages to indicate when it is time to clean the inside of the printer. Watch for things to be out of line or ink that is not printing as darkly as it should. Clean the inside of the printer, especially the connections around the toner cartridges, when you notice any one of these issues.

  3. Clean the rollers with cotton balls or swabs dipped in alcohol when you notice black marks running down the length of the printed pages.
  4. Clean your laser printer after a certain number of pages printed. Check the manufacturer's guidelines as to how many copies you can make before cleaning is suggested.
  5. Use high quality paper. This requires less frequent cleaning than when using lesser quality paper that contains a lot of lint or dust.
  6. Keep your laser printer in good working order by giving it a good cleaning once a month, especially if it gets a lot of use in an office setting.