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How Do I Clean Laser Printer Drums?


When it comes to promoting your business, presentation is everything. That’s why laser printers – which produce professional-looking documents with dark, sharp text and vibrant images – are used by many business owners to generate printed promotional tools. However, if these materials are tarnished with patches of faded text or dark streaks across the page, they can reflect poorly on your company. More often than not, you can fix such problems by cleaning the printer’s imaging drum.

1. Turn off your laser printer’s power, unplug its power cord, disconnect it from the computer and remove its paper trays. Wait 15 minutes to give its internal components time to cool down.

2. Lay down newspaper on a flat, level surface within reach of your work area. This is where you’ll set printer parts that could cause toner stains.

3. Put on a particulate dust mask and protective gloves.

4. Open the printer case and carefully lift out the toner cartridge. Set it on the covered surface.

5. Examine the inside of your printer to determine how to remove the drum. If it can be lifted out by twisting or pressing a locking mechanism, skip to Step 7. If it can only be accessed by first removing the print rollers, proceed to the next step. If you’re unsure, check the owner’s manual or visit the manufacturer’s website.

6. Insert a flat-head screwdriver between the first print roller and one of its locking clips. Pull back on the screwdriver to disengage the clip, repeat for the opposing clip, and then lift the roller out of the printer. Repeat for the other two rollers, and set all three on the covered area.

7. Lift out the imaging drum. Be careful to avoid coming into contact with any hard edges, which can leave nicks on its surface. Carefully set it down on the covered area.