Tip & How-To about Office Equipment & Supplies
If you have a cartridge for an inkjet printer that still has ink in it and it's not printing properly, you may have clogged ink jet ports. This often happens when you don't use a cartridge for a long time.
Most printers have some type of clean cartridge menu option and you should try this first. If this is not successful, there is another way to get the ink flowing.
Remove the cartridge from the printer and determine where the ink comes out of the cartridge. There is usually a small rectangular metal plate about 3/8 of an inch by 1/8 of an inch on most printer cartridges. After locating this area, take a lint free cloth (or paper towel if such a cloth is not available) and moisten it with some hot water.
Dab the cloth or paper towel against the ink jet port area until ink begins to come out. If you don't want to get dirty, you may want to wear gloves and do this in an area that you don't mind getting ink on. Once the ink is flowing, dry the cartridge with a paper towel by dabbing it. Dab and don't brush so that you don't leave any lint or paper remnants on the cartridge.
Be sure that the cartridge is dry and clean before you put it back into the printer. Make sure all sides of the cartridge are dry as there are electrical circuits on the cartridge and you do NOT want to have these areas wet.
If this doesn't work the first time, you can try it again until all the ink jet ports on the cartridge are open. I've been able to save many old cartridges this way. Hopefully this will work for you although there will always be unsalvageable cartridges out there. Have fun and good luck!
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