There’s a lot of people spending more time in their home office since the pandemic hit and working from home became the norm. Guest Geek returns this week with a few tips to keep your home office in top shape and running smoothing.
A home office is an essential part of modern-day life, but the equipment doesn’t last forever. Ensuring that you maintain your equipment properly will prolong your office equipment and keep repair costs low. Common office equipment such as all-in-one printers are generally easy to maintain and can keep your home office running smoothly. However, understanding how equipment functions and the outcomes of the way you treat your equipment is vital in maintaining its lifespan. These home office equipment maintenance tips will help ensure you get the most out of your office.
Maintaining Your Printer
Leaving your printer unused can cause the ink to dry and damage the printer head, so try to regularly use your printer and avoid wasting ink and paper unnecessarily. Doing regular head cleaning on your printer can also prolong the life span. Still, with most new printers, this is done automatically, and you can set a schedule to do this for you. Regular dusting and cleaning of the printer can also prevent damage done by dust entering the components and causing scratches on the head, resulting in repair costs and a bad quality print. Make sure that when you change the ink cartridges, you follow the manufacturer’s instructions as it can be easy to miss an essential step that can result in ink leaking or damage to the printer.
Your Computer Is The Life Of Your Office
For any office to function in the 21st century, a computer is needed. Looking after your desktop or laptop can result in years of good performance. Unless you use your desktop for gaming in your spare time, you won’t necessarily need the latest and most powerful model in your home office. Keeping your desktop or laptop dust-free and clean can prolong its use, as the build-up of dust on the internal components can result in the computer burning out. Getting anti-virus software and doing the standard software updates and maintenance can also prevent hackers from destroying your desktop or laptop. Make sure to invest in a UPS if you stay in an area where the power supply is commonly interrupted. A UPS will ensure that power surges will not affect your desktop or laptop, and loss of power will not stop you from working.
Your Desk And Chair Also Need Care
Keeping your desk tidy and cleaning any food or liquid that has spilled immediately can result in your office desk looking good for years to come. Unnecessary moving or keeping heavy items on your desk can damage the material, as an office desk is not designed to carry heavy-weighted items. Furthermore, if you have a wooden office desk, you should be doing regular polishing. On the other hand, if you have a metal desk, it’s good to keep a good coating of wax as this will prevent any liquid from soaking into the corners and causing rust. Your office chair should get a regular supply of lubricant on the casters, and cleaning the material according to the instructions can give you years of use.
Whether you work from home full-time or occasionally as a blogger, keeping your office equipment well maintained can save you a fortune. Mistreating or not maintaining your equipment can result in hefty repair bills, or you might need to replace the entire item.