Three ways to extend the life of your plastic card printer

Plastic card printer

If you’ve bought a plastic card printer to print your own cards when you need to, you’ll want to get the most out of that investment. It’s easy for dust and dirt to become trapped in your printer and on your printer rollers as cards have a high static charge. This can result in poor quality print: images can be blurred and colours and text won’t be as sharp. A lack of cleaning over time can cause repair issues and eventually cause the printer to stop working altogether.

By cleaning your plastic card printer regularly, you will ensure you get the best quality of colour printing. You will also extend the life of the print heads and magnetic encoders: saving you money in the long term and prolonging the life of the plastic card printer as a whole.

Here are a few simple and inexpensive ways to make sure your printer gives you years of service. Manufacturers recommend you clean the plastic card printer every time you change your ribbon and every time the cleaning light is on.


If debris or dust is visible on the printhead, a cleaning swab is the safest way to remove it without damage. Never use a sharp object to do this as it could permanently damage the printhead.

Cleaning cards 

Plus-clean cleaning cards

Using pre-saturated cleaning cards will ensure the printheads, transport rollers and magnetic encoder station are kept clear of debris. It’s like a deep clean for your card printer.

Cleaning rollers

Using a cleaning roller regularly will improve printer performance by picking up debris from blank cards, producing sharper graphics and text.

You can buy branded products from the printer manufacturer, or generic products designed to fit multiple printers, which are cheaper.

All three come in a pack for cost savings.

Regular cleaning will prolong the life of your plastic card printer, reduce maintenance fees and reduce the amount of downtime you experience.