My Printer is Making Indents on the Paper

Everything you need to restore normalcy on your printer

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Key notes

  • If your printer is making indents on paper, it might be because the roller is blocked by dirt.
  • You can fix this issue by rejuvenating the roller.
  • In worst cases, you might need to replace the roller as a whole.
Printer making indents on paper

There are times your usually trusted printer might begin playing pranks on you. And one of the ways it does so is when the printer is making indents on paper.

However, that is among the more common problems with the printer that is usually related to the printer’s roller. Irrespective of the cause of the problem, you can fix it with the solutions in this guide.

Why is my printer creasing the paper?

Below are some of the factors that can cause the printer to make indents or creases on the paper:

  • Presence of dirt in the roller: In most cases, this issue is usually due to the accumulation of debris in the roller. Clearing the dirt should do the trick here.
  • Issues with the roller: If you have been using the same roller for a long time, it might encounter problems such as this. You should be able to fix this by rejuvenating the roller or replacing it totally.

What can I do if my printer is making indents on the paper?

1. Clearing roller debris

Keep the printer roller free of any external debris if your printer is making indents on paper
  1. Detach the paper tray from the printer.
  2. You might also be required to remove the printer cartridge holder as well if that is blocking access to the rollers.
  3. Once you have a clear view of the rollers, check to see if there is any debris that might be hampering its normal operations.
  4. In any case, you will do well to clean the roller as well as its surrounding regions with a lint-free cloth.
  5. The rollers are made of extremely soft rubber, so make sure you don’t end up damaging the roller during the clean-up process.
  6. Re-insert the toner and paper into the feed tray.
  7. Print a test page and see if this solves the issue.

2. Rejuvenate the roller

Printer making indents on paper? Use roller rejuvenator to infuse some new life in the roller
  1. Sometimes the roller might harden up due to years of usage. This might cause it to press harder on the paper, thereby causing indents while printing.
  2. To remedy such issues, you can use roller rejuvenators to infuse some new life in the rollers. Those work by softening up the rubber as well as cleaning its surface.
  3. The first step will be to procure some over-the-shelf printer roller rejuvenators.
  4. Remove the paper tray, cartridges/toner, or anything else that might be blocking your access to the roller.
  5. Spray a generous amount of the rejuvenator on a piece of lint-free cloth or paper scrub and use the same to wipe the rollers gently. Do this for a couple of times.
  6. Re-insert the paper and cartridge tray or anything else that you might have removed.
  7. Print a page and check if the indentation issue is resolved.

3. Replace the roller

You might have to replace the roller as a whole if the printer is making indents on paper
  1. Get to the roller as before by detaching the paper and cartridge tray.
  2. Detach the roller as well. For this, follow instructions for the same as applicable for the particular make and model of printer.
  3. Insert the new roller.
  4. Re-fix the paper tray and cartridges as well as everything else that you might have removed before.
  5. Check if this solves the indentation issue.

Get in touch with the support staff if everything fails or you aren’t too comfortable dealing with the hardware aspect of your printer.

If your printer is only printing green, check our detailed guide to fix it quickly.

Feel free to let us know the solution that helped you solve this problem in the comments below.

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