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How do I keep my ink cartridges from drying out ?

I may not use the printer for a couple of weeks and then do a lot of printing. In the mean time the print cartridges dry out.

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It would normally dry out if not used for a long time. Take it out and construct a cardboard casing around each cartridge so that the print head is not touching any surface. seal it with a plastic bag or container and store in a cool dry place. when you are ready to use them press the print head on a piece of tissue paper to prime the ink out. the ink should make a mark on the tissue's surface, then it s ready to be used.

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Did you know that a perfectly good ink cartridge can dry out enough in just two weeks to be no good ever again. Not that all of the ink drys out, just that the ink closest to the working exit drys, clogging the exit holes and preventing the liquid ink from exiting. Often the printer indicates that the cartridge is still close to full but that color will not print out. I recently had this happen with an expensive jumbo black cartridge. After researching this and speaking with two printer technicians, my worst fear was confirmed. My almost new $35.00 ink cartridge was no good. And there is no way to fix it.

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Follow these steps for the best results:
1. Moisten a cotton ball with a small amount of tap water and carefully clean the residual ink from the working surcface of the cartridge.
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Yup, thats the problem....

To keep them clean you need to almost use the printer weekly....or at least once per month min....

Try running the head cleaning utility....
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As a last resort there are a few vendors on the internet where you can purchase head cleaning solution for epson cartridges....

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