How to Store a Printer When Not in Use?

When not in use, store your printer in a cool, dry place. Be sure to unplug the power cord from the outlet before storing your printer. If you have an all-in-one printer, disconnect any cables that are connected to the device, such as USB or Ethernet cables. You may also want to remove any ink cartridges or toner cartridges from the printer before storing it. Finally, cover the printer with a dust cover or place it in a storage box to keep dust and other debris from accumulating on the device.

Storing a Printer When Not in Use:

1. Unplug the printer from the power outlet.

2. Disconnect any cables or cords attached to the printer.

3. If possible, remove ink cartridges or toner cartridges from the printer. Ink cartridges and toner cartridges can dry out if left in the printer for an extended period of time.

4. Clean the exterior of the printer with a soft, dry cloth.

5. If your printer has a dust cover, put it on the printer to protect it from dust and debris.

6. Store the printer in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.


  • If you will be storing the printer for an extended period of time, it is a good idea to wrap the printer in an anti-static bag. This will help protect the printer from dust and static electricity.
  • If you have a laser printer, it is important to store the printer in a horizontal position. Storing a laser printer on its side can cause toner leakage.
  • If you have an inkjet printer, it is best to store the printer with the ink cartridges installed. This will help prevent the ink from drying out.

It’s important to take proper care of your printer, especially if you plan on storing it for an extended period of time. If you’re not using your printer regularly, there are a few things you can do to make sure it stays in good shape while in storage.

  1. First, clean the printer thoroughly. Turn it off and unplug it from any power source. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any dust or dirt, paying special attention to the print head. Once the exterior is clean, open up the paper tray and remove any remaining paper.
  2. Then, if your printer uses ink cartridges, remove them and store them in a cool, dry place. Otherwise, your ink could dry out and clog the print head.
  3. Once the printer is clean and the ink cartridges are removed (if necessary), find a safe, dry place to store the printer. A storage closet or other dark, cool space is ideal.
  4. Finally, cover the printer with a dust cover or sheet to keep it clean while in storage.


With these tips, you can be sure your printer will be properly stored and ready to use when you need it again. If you have any further questions about storing your printer, please contact our customer support team for assistance.

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