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Hello Matt Stevenson,

My question is do you have to print out something from a inkjet printer, once a week or once a month to keep it functional? For example you don't print out anything from the printer for a few or many months.




It is always a good idea to keep a printer busy if at all possible. If left unused the printhead of an inkjet printer can dry up (or more accurately the fresh ink at the point of exit from the printhead will dry). This can cause blockages that will cause you print quality issues.

However if left on most printers are left on and idle they will do small checks and cleans once in a while to keep the printhead fresh. As such I would recommend leaving a seldom used printer on or ideally try and use it once ever week or so if at all possible.

Small blockages can usually be cleared with automated cleaning cycles from the printer, but if you can just keep your printer busy this is a much better solution.

I hope this helps, but if you have any further questions please do let me know.

Kind regards,



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Matt Stevenson


Questions regarding inkjet/laser printers, whether they relate to specific problems or printers in general. I can also offer in-depth troubleshooting for a variety of issues relating to printer consumables and hardware.


I have been involved in the printer industry since I was 18 and have worked for a major UK retailer of printer consumables (Refresh Cartridges) since 2009. I also maintain the company blog and have written on a variety of technical issues. I have also spent time answerring printer related questions on FixYa and Yahoo answers recently. Examples of my answers can be found here or here

Other than my work with Refresh I do not belong to any other printer related organisations.

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