Cleaning your ID card printer is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your printer from damage – it removes dirt, dust, and debris that could harm the sensitive electronics and moving parts within the printer. And it can save you money, since printer repairs can be costly and take time.

What Comes in a Cleaning Kit?

While the specific supplies and how many of each you get will vary by printer model, in general you will get some combination of these items in a cleaning kit:

  • Printhead cleaning pens
  • Extra-long and/or short cleaning cards
  • Swabs
  • Wipes
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Cleaning rollers

Laminating printers may also have a separate cleaning kit just for the lamination module.

How Often Should I Clean My Printer?

Each manufacture will have different recommendations for cleaning (usually after a set number of cards), but the easiest way to remember is this – clean your printer every time you change the ribbon.

You’ll already be working on your printer and getting supplies out, so this is the most convenient time to clean your printer. And it makes sure that you are regularly cleaning the printer after using it!

Shop Cleaning Kits for All Major Manufacturers

ID Card Group carries all the cleaning supplies you need from all the major ID card printer manufactures:

It is recommended that you only use the cleaning supplies for your printer model to avoid damaging the printer.


If you need help choosing the right ID card printer cleaning kit for your printer, call our ID experts at 877-868-0012 or email We’ll make it easy for you!

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