How to Clean HP Printer Rollers

By Mindi Orth

Use water instead of harsh cleansers when cleaning your printer.
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When the HP printer your business relies on fails to feed the paper properly, dirty print rollers may be to blame. Dirt and other debris on the rollers may cause the documents you print to appear wrinkled and unprofessional, if they don’t jam inside the printer first. Removing this debris from the rollers of your HP printer often resolves the problem and restores your printing capabilities. Regularly cleaning the rollers may help to prevent the problem from reoccurring.

Turn off your HP printer and unplug the power cord to disconnect it from the power source.

Remove the paper from printer’s paper trays. This helps to keep the paper clean and free of debris.

Lift the cover of your printer to expose the rollers and other internal components of the device. Depending on your model, you may need to remove the paper “Out” tray to gain access to the rollers.

Dampen a microfiber cloth lightly with water, wringing out all excess moisture from the cloth. Wipe the rollers with the cloth, using your finger to turn each roller gently. This allows you to clean the entire circumference of the roller.

Allow the rollers to dry completely before replacing the paper “Out” tray, if necessary, and closing the printer cover. Return the paper into the paper tray.

Reconnect the power cord and then turn on your printer.


Regular maintenance may help to extend the life of your HP printer.


Don’t allow water to drip on the interior circuitry of your printer because doing so may permanently damage the device.

Don’t use chemicals such as alcohol or ammonia-based cleanser to clean the rollers because doing so may result in permanent damage.