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Light printing..need to clean

The print is coming out really light even with new ink in it....i think i have to clean it...how do i do that?

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Depening on which printer it is , but normally all vendors include a system utilty with their printers to do head alignment, calibration and cleaning, some have what is referred to as a deep cleaning cycle as well, which does consume a bit more ink but does sometimes get rid of very light printing. If nothing else has changed in preferences such as print in high speed draft mode(which will give lighter than normal printing) then do a few cleaning cycles and possibly a head re-alignment.

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