Monday, April 14, 2014

How to Get Printer Ink & Toner Off Skin and Clothes

Sometimes the ink smudges on to the hands from a freshly printed page. At other times, the ink or toner powder stains your hands when you’re replacing, or otherwise handling, the ink cartridge, to clean the printer heads, nozzles and so on. The ink can get on to the skin of your hands and elsewhere; it can even get on to your clothes. We look at how you can get rid of these pesky stains and blots.

How to get printer ink stains off your skin

ink stainsThe first thing to remember is to try and clean the ink off as soon as possible – do not let it dry or settle on the skin because the longer it stays there, the more difficult it will be to get off. There are several things around the house you can use to clean ink off your hands:
  1. Glass Cleaners or hard surface cleaners such as Windex can do a pretty good job of getting ink off your hands. Just put a little of the solution on to the stain and let it sit there for a few seconds. Then rinse off the solution or wash your hands with regular soap.
  2. Baby Oil can also help get rid of ink stains from the hands. Simply apply it, rub it into the skin to get the stain off.  Simply wipe it off with some tissues or baby wipes – no need to wash your hands if you don’t mind smelling like a new born baby.
  3. Hair Spray can also be used to loosen and get rid of ink & toner stains from the skin. Use it in a way similar to the glass cleaner – spray it on the stain, wait a bit, then rub the solution into the skin. Rinse off and wash hands thoroughly.
  4. Dish-washing liquid and sugar may also work for cleaning ink of the hands
  5. Experts recommend heavy duty hand cleaning products such as Lava, Fast Orange or Gojo. Just use these like normal soap; only you will need to scrub the stained area with the soap a little longer than usual
  6. Abrasive items such as a pumice stone can also help – first soak the stained area in water and then rub it with the pumice stone to exfoliate the skin
  7. If all these items are not available in the house, you could even try nail polish remover or lacquer thinner to remove the stain from the skin
  8. Some people also find that diluted bleach can remove the skin stain as well

How to get printer ink stains off your clothes

Like the skin, it is best to get printer ink off clothes as soon as possible. Don’t let it dry or set; try and clean it off as soon as you realize your clothes have gotten ink on them. If it’s dry toner powder, do not rub it into the clothes at any time. Rather, shake the powder off your clothes.
  1. Shake out the item of clothing to get rid of toner powder and then vacuum it off. You may be able to get dry toner powder off your clothes simply by vacuuming the area.
  2. Hairspray may also work with clothes in the same way as your skin – spray it on, and blot with rag. Do this on both sides of the cloth to remove the stain
  3. Fabric stain removers are another option to get the ink stains off your clothes
  4. If all else fails, you may need to head to the dry cleaners to have the ink stains professionally removed, particularly for delicate or expensive fabrics.
With these tips, while also being careful whenever you are handling or using ink & toner cartridges, you are sure to steer clear of any permanent stains on your hands or clothes. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list and like us on Facebook for more tips and special discount offers.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Printing vs. Digital – Pros and Cons

We now live in a world where everything is digitized, everything is available online. Where earlier we stored data and information in bulky documents in the form of books, files and registers that needed maintenance and storage space, we now transform all our data into digital format. So what are the pros and cons of printing on one hand and digital data on the other?

The benefits of digital data

  • The first benefit of course is easy storage and portability of digital data (soft copy), because digital data takes up a minuscule amount of space when compared with printed material. Take a simple example – if you're going on holiday, you would probably limit yourself to a couple of books. However, if it’s an e-Reader you're using, you can have dozens of books in a single slim gadget that takes up less space than a notepad. You can store so much data on a single hard-drive – the amount of data that could not even consider storing in hard copy form in your office or your home. Storing and recording data in digital format can free up a lot of space and storage resources
  • Secondly, you don’t need to worry that humidity, termites or mold will get to your digital data because it is not vulnerable in the same way that printed material is.
  • Thirdly, you're saving a lot of paper when you store items in digital format. You're also saving printer ink and the electricity that it takes to print – so data in digital format is certainly the eco-friendly option.
  • Transmitting digital data in a matter of seconds whereas transporting printed documents physically can take much longer

Benefits of printing

  • Though the benefits of digital data are many, there are some instances where only a printed document will do – for instance, when information has to be sent to someone who does not use or is unable to access the information in a digital format. Ask a die-hard reader about the joy of holding a book, smelling it, turning the pages with your hands and seeing it on the bedside table – it doesn't really compare with the digital copy!
  • A hard copy is something you can simply pick up and read or examine, without having to process it though any kind of computer or electronic device.
  • When there is a power outage, you may not be able to access soft copies or digital data. So, for some vital documents, you will need to take printouts and store the hard copies.
  • You need to back up your data because soft copies can be vulnerable to theft or destruction and may be irretrievably lost
  • A hard copy cannot be corrupted or become destroyed because of a computer virus or bug. Electronic systems can malfunction, or may fail, and huge amounts of digital data can be lost in this way
  • Also, electronic data can become unstable and the technology can become obsolete after some time. Printed hard copies will survive longer if handled and stored properly.
There are several pros and cons to digital and hard copy prints. Ultimately, it really depends on the person and their situation when deciding which is best.  But if you are a person who prefers hard copy over soft copy, you can always save up to 80% on ink & toner cartridges when you shop at TomatoInk.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Being tech savvy

By Joe Pisani on February 20, 2014 in Did I Say That?

Throughout my career, I’ve had the utmost respect for people with the technical skills to perform vital functions in the office environment, such as operating the Keurig coffee machine, hanging Christmas lights and cleaning mold out of the refrigerator (not to mention the slimy residue that accumulates inside the microwave).

These are the people who keep the office purring like a well-oiled Metro-North train. When I was a manager, I’d often give them bonuses for taking the initiative. “Alice, here’s $5. Would you turn on my computer … pretty please.”

Because I’m an “idea guy,” I rely on others to do key tasks at work and at home. For example, “Sweetheart, can you show me how to operate the toaster oven?”

In the past, I was usually too busy with the larger management issues to develop these skills or, as my assistant often alleged, I was too lazy to develop them, except in emergencies when no one else was available with the proper security clearance to respond in a crisis situation. And then, as commander in chief, I’d jump into the fray with vigor and determination and, in my most authoritative voice, proclaim, “Stand aside, everyone! Please stand aside before someone gets hurt while I perform this emergency task and replace the ink cartridge in the copier!” Which I did amid gasps and exultant praise from the assembled masses.

But then the next day, while I was ensconced in my office, thinking deep thoughts, I’d hear grumbling outside my door.

“Look what some dumbbell did to the copier!!! Who the ^$%#!@& did this???”


“Someone put the cartridge in backwards! The #%@**#@! copier is broken AGAIN! Call the repairman!”

“I called, but they said we don’t have a service contract anymore!”
(I guess I was too busy dealing with emergencies to renew the service contract.)

As a mob began to form, I came to the rescue. “We can’t allow this sort of calamity to occur! I’m going to take immediate action and … put out a memo.”

Then there was the time I got a call from a salesperson in Texas who said he was going to give me a great deal on ink cartridges because he heard wonderful things about my management skills — so I placed a rush order. That, you see, is how decisive managers take decisive action.

The next day someone yelled, “There’s a trailer truck outside from Texas with five skids of copier ink!!! Who the #@*!&*#! ordered this stuff???”

(Gulp again.)

We recently had an emergency situation at home. The printer ran out of ink. I should explain that the printer was in the box a year before I finally opened it because I didn’t want to deal with all those directions. Don’t manufacturers realize aging baby boomers can’t read directions in small print, which is the No. 1 reason America is falling behind in STEM education and why the Chinese are outpacing us in R&D, especially when it comes to copier machines and knock-off Louis Vuitton bags?

There I was, with a very large magnifying glass, trying to figure out how the printer worked. Three days later, during a self-imposed fast with no food or water, I got it to turn on after paying the neighborhood geek $5 to show me where the on-off switch was. Why do they insist on hiding those switches?

For most of my life, I’ve relied on experts to assist me in these technical matters, and by experts I generally mean teenagers or toddlers, who are adept at assembling Fisher-Price toys.

It’s been said that technology is changing so fast our society can’t keep up with it. Actually, technology is changing so fast we don’t have to keep up with it. All we have to do is ignore it.

I never bothered to learn how to use the fax machine and now no one uses fax machines except lawyers and funeral homes. Plus, I never could understand how to connect the DVD player to the TV set, but nobody uses DVDs anymore.

Despite what they say, ignorance IS bliss … when it comes to technology.