To maintain a clean printhead, printer manufacturers recommend the use of print head wipes. Wipes are used to remove the residue build-up that interferes with heat transfer and essentially damages your printhead. End users should keep a tub next to each printer to encourage the operator to use them when changing ribbons. The printer manufacturer recommends cleaning the platen roller, sensors and general printer body at the same time as the print head. This will help to ensure longer periods trouble free printing.