How to Clean a LaserJet Transfer Roller

By Nick Davis

The transfer roller is a critical component of your Hewlett Packard (HP) LaserJet printer. The component transfers the image from the drum onto the paper passing through your HP printer. Ink, dust and debris collects on the transfer roller's surface and the side railings attached to the roller. This debris, if left on the transfer roller, soils the paper moving through your printer with ink. Like the drum and toner cartridge in your LaserJet printer, you can clean the transfer roller and restore it to its original condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Latex gloves
  • Soft cloth
  • Lint-free cloth

Step 1

Open your LaserJet's cover by pressing the button on the front of the unit. Remove the toner cartridge from the printer. Wear latex gloves to keep your hands clean.

Step 2

Use a soft cloth to lift the transfer roller by the blue piece of plastic on one end of the roller. The transfer roller is sitting above the area where the toner cartridge was.Do not touch the rubber portion of the transfer roller with your fingers--oils on your fingers can destroy the roller.

Step 3

Wipe the transfer roller thoroughly with a lint-free cloth as you hold the roller with the other cloth.

Step 4

Sweep the area where the transfer roller is housed with the lint-free cloth to remove any ink and debris. Place the transfer roller in the housing and reinstall the toner cartridge.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean the transfer roller every time you replace the toner cartridge, after printing approximately 15,000 copies and when print quality issues arise.