After installing the software, setting up your database, and designing the cards, you want your new ID cards to come our looking perfect. With just a few simple steps you can ensure your print quality always stays great by properly cleaning and caring for your printer and supplies.
After you replace a ribbon, always remember to clean the printer. Using specially designed ID printer cleaning kits you can clean the rollers and the card hopper to keep your cards moving smoothly through the printer. You can also clean the print head, to ensure that dust cannot build up and blur your images.
Between full cleanings, you can also use a can of compressed air to gently blow away and dirt and debris that can cause problems with the sensors in the printer. These sensors tell the printer when a card is present, but if they are blocked by dust the printer can jam or refuse to recognize cards.
How you store and handle blank ID cards can also have an impact on print quality. Cards should only by picked up by the edge, so you don’t leave fingerprints on their surface that can cause images to blur or smudge. When not in use, cards should be stored in airtight containers away from sunlight, dust, and moisture.