Help! How Can I Fix Blurry Prints?

Have you started to notice that your printer is producing blurry prints? Check out our guide on how to fix this issue in our latest FMS Blog article!

For as convenient as printers are in the workplace and at home, they sure can run into some technical issues!

Whether it’s experiencing paper jams or noticing your ink cartridges have dried out, all these situations can be resolved by following some simple steps and by continuing to maintain your printer.

This week, we thought we would look at what to do if you start to notice your printer is producing blurry prints – take a look below for our advice!

How Can I Fix My Printer Producing Blurry Prints?

When dealing with the issue of blurry prints, it breaks down to several focus areas you should pay attention to.

These are:

Checking the ink levels
Cleaning the print head nozzles
Adjusting the alignment of your print cartridges or toner
Taking a look at your printer settings
Using the right type of paper
Updating your printer software

The very first thing you should consider is checking the ink levels and alignment settings by printing a maintenance page.

If the issue isn’t resolved by doing this, then your issue may be being caused by clogged up print head nozzles, so make sure to clean them.

Still seeing blurry print outs being produced by your printer?

Then it may be time to update the software of the printer or update your computer drivers to the latest versions.

Here is an overview of each of the steps mentioned in a little more detail.

Check the Ink Levels

Checking Printer Ink Levels

If you aren’t doing so already, then making sure to check your printer contains enough ink in its repository is a good starting point when attempting to fix blurry prints.

No matter the type of printer you own, every printer unit will allow you to check its current ink levels, usually via your computer or by viewing the display on the printer itself.

The process does differ depending on the manufacturer of your printer however, so always be sure to check the user manual or handbook that came supplied with your machine.

By checking the ink levels, you should be provided with the information necessary to let you know if the ink levels are within normal limits.

Clean the Printer Head Nozzles

Making sure to clean the head nozzles on your printer is something we’ve covered before on the FMS Blog.

But for the sake of this article, here is a very quick recap on how you can automatically or manually clean your printer head nozzles.

If your printer software contains a programme which allows you to perform maintenance on your printer (such as HP printers), then simply open the appropriate programme (for HP, this is HP Toolbox on computers running Windows and HP Inkjet Utility on Mac computers) and follow the on screen instructions that appear when selecting the ‘Clean Printheads’ or ‘Clean’ option.

If your printer’s self-cleaning abilities haven’t fully cleaned your printer’s nozzle heads, then you’ll need to take a more manual approach.

For this, you’ll need to make sure you have a dry, lint-free cloth at hand along with a bottle of distilled or filtered water.

Once you’ve got the right supplies, you’ll need to follow the short steps contained in our article here.

Adjust the Alignment of your Ink Cartridges or Laser Toner

Printer Alignment Settings

It can sometimes be the case that an incorrect alignment of your ink cartridges or of the laser toner (when using a laser printer) can be the reason for blurry prints.

Checking the alignment is a very simple and easy to follow process – just take a look at your printer machine software or within the computer software that manages the maintenance of your printer unit and select the option titled ‘Align Ink Cartridges’ or for laser printers, ‘Align Toner’.

It can be worth activating this option several times if you still notice blurry prints, but you should once again refer to your printer’s handbook or manual on how to achieve this.

Review Your Printer Settings and Check You Are Using the Right Type of Paper

While these may seem like obvious steps to take, making sure to review your printer’s current settings and check that you are using suitable paper for the printing task at hand are just as important as the other pieces of advice given in this article.

You’ll find that most printers will allow you to set the overall quality for each print, usually ranging from draft quality all the way up to best quality possible.

This, in conjunction with selecting the right type of paper you’re using, can be one of the leading causes for blurry prints, as having the wrong paper and printer settings will mean you’ll never achieve the result you require.

Also, make sure you are using the right size of paper, as this is also something that your printer has to consider when producing print outs.

Update Your Printer’s Software

Printer Software Update

Should all the steps listed above not resolve your issue of blurry prints, then the final piece of advice to follow is to update your printer’s software.

Much like any computer software, it’s important to always have your printer’s software updated to the latest version regularly as to protect your device from potential security risks and incompatibility issues.

For HP printers, you can visit the ‘Updating or Upgrading Printer Firmware’ website page here.

In regard to other printer manufacturers, you may need to visit their official website or do some extra research in order to find out how to upgrade your printer’s firmware or software.

Sam Rose