Storing your Ink Cartridges
Ink cartridges should always be stored in their original packaging in an upright position with the printhead facing up. If you have several cartridges in the same package, ink might start leaking and mixing if cartridges are stored on their side. Ensure the storage space is not too warm, excessive heat can cause air bubbles inside the cartridge to expand causing ink to leak out.
How do I store partially used ink cartridges?
There are times when it is necessary to remove an ink cartridge from your printer and store it for re-use. It is frustrating to reinstall an expensive ink cartridge that you know still has plenty of ink remaining, only to find that the printhead where the ink comes from has dried up! You are left with a dry cartridge with ink still left inside that you can’t use. You can easily prevent this frustration by storing your partially used cartridges correctly, read on …
- Place the used ink cartridge into a zip sealed sandwich bag, if you have more than one cartridge to store; use a separate bag for each cartridge.
- Wet a sponge or small towel and wring out the excess water so the sponge or towel is left damp but not dripping.
- Add the sponge or towel to the plastic bag holding the printer ink cartridge.
- Seal the bag with the sponge or towel and the ink cartridge inside.
- Store the sealed bag in a dark, cool place until you are ready to reinstall the printer ink cartridge and continue using it.
Don’t remove the ink cartridge if it’s empty and you don’t have a spare cartridge to replace it with. If you remove the cartridge then air will cause the ink to dry within hours which will clog the nozzles. This is especially important if you have an Epson printer where the printhead is attached to the printer and not the cartridge.