It’s a very common scenario: you leave your Brother printer unattended for a while and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it starts cleaning the ink cartridges all on its own. This can be very frustrating with ink prices being what they are and some printer owners suspect that this cleaning is just a way Brother depletes their cartridges faster so you buy more ink. While it is true that this process does use a small amount of ink, it is a necessary function to maintain the health of your cartridges. These calibrations help keep your printer free of any ink build up or air that may have gotten in the printhead and without it, your printhead will dry out (which inevitably leads to buying more ink). Most Brother printers do a self-check every day to ensure that everything is operating smoothly. However, the printer isn’t cleaning every time it makes a sudden noise. Sometimes it is just moving the printhead from the flushing box to the maintenance unit so the nozzles can be wiped. To keep your printer lasting longer and avoid frequent unwanted cleanings, we recommend printing regularly so your ink cartridges are always primed and ready to go. The longer you go in between prints, the more susceptible your cartridges are to drying out, so even if you print a simple test page or email every few days, you are doing your printer a favor. We also recommend keeping your Brother on at all times so your printer can do an automatic cleaning when necessary. If you turn your printer on and off frequently, it will want to do a more thorough cleaning when you turn it back on just to ensure your printheads are working properly. If your printer is left on, it can gradually maintain the printheads over time, which helps extend your printer life.
Have a question about cleaning your Brother printer? Give LD Products a call! Our team of ink and toner experts know everything about print and would be happy to help. Contact us at 888-321-2552 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here for you 6 days a week, M-F 6am-5pm and Saturday 7am-3:30 PST.