How to refill cartridges for printers and scanners

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When it comes to buying and using a printer, a lot of people worry about the times the ink cartridge gets empty and you have to refill it. Afterall, buying and refilling ink cartridge can prove to be an expensive affair but unavoidable for those who own offices and even for home users on several occasions. One way you can save the cost is by avoiding a professional visit for refilling the cartridge and doing the task yourself. The following will explain how to refill cartridges for printers and scanners on your own:

1. Buy an ink refill kit

The first thing you need to do is to buy an ink refill kit from an office supply store or online.  Make sure the one you buy is compatible with the printer and scanner models that you use. Also try and compare a few options before you finally buy the ink cartridge as the price can greatly vary from one seller to another.

2. Gather the supplies needed for refilling the cartridge

The next thing you need to do is to gather the supplies needed for refilling the cartridge. These include the kit, paper napkins or towels, scotch tape and arrange a surface where you would be doing the working. Make sure it is away from important papers or documents.

3. Removing the empty cartridge from your printer

The next thing you need to do is to remove the empty cartridge from your printer. Make sure you close the printer lid or the door while you are doing the entire refilling task.  Also, remember to wear disposable plastic gloves since the messy ink can color your hands and fingers.  Place the empty cartridge on top of a paper towel so that the color doesn’t get on anything else on your work space.

4. Install new cartridge

The first thing to do to refill cartridges for printers and scanners is to find the fill holes on top of the cartridge. The holes will have a sponge on it as well.  Take a sharp pencil and pierce so as to refill the holes in the top of refill cartridge. Remember that besides black, there are 3 more colours of ink and they are yellow, magenta and cyan.  Take a toothpick and prick to find the colours in each of the holes so as to avoid putting wrong colours in the chambers.

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The next thing to do is to insert the needle of the refill bottle into the right holes.  Add the ink slowly so that it doesn’t overflow. Clean the excess using paper towels and cover the respective hole with scotch tape. For each ink color, repeat the same process.  Replace this ink cartridge into the printer and try printing something as a sample.

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Now that you know how to refill cartridges for printers and scanners, you can do this task at home easily. However for any printer related service or general computer repair, you can contact Mr Right.

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