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Follow up of clogged printhead

This is a follow up of my earlier post regarding clogged printhead on Oct 17.


Obviously my MFC 215c printhead is partially clogged. Is it possible to unclogg by injecting cleaning solution inside empty catridge and using power clean in the maintenance menu. If yes. what kind of cleaning solution should I use? alcohol?


How does one tests if the refil ink is pigment or dyed? Are all dyed ink safe to use on my brother MFC 215C. One of the Guru here(Mix it up) suggests mixing dye ink with cleaning solution (1:10) only for CYM color  to prevent clogging. Will it affect the quality of my print i.e. the colors will come out lighter. How come only CYM are to mix with cleaning solution and not the black too.

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  • walk 1507 May 13, 2008

    my black print is smudgy. So far I have pulled out the cartridge , put it back in and it will go through a cleaning process. It will be clear for a while then be smudged again. the manual says not to do this this but it is the only way I can find. Color printing is fine.

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    problem with black ink cleaning



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DO use the 1:10 mix and try the powerpurge.

Mix 1ml printhead cleaning solution (search internet) with 10ml of dye ink.

DONT USE ALCOHOL or any other kind of chemical solution except the printhead cleaning solution.

If you wont have success after doing it twice the ph is clogged and cant be fixed anymore!

The printheads construction is like a sandwich: In front of the nozzels is a filter to clean the ink before pressing it through the nozzels onto the paper. That is the main reason why some ink chanels will clog. You cant open the printhead to clean the filter.


Drop some ink into normal water and watch the flow:

dye ink will mix with water (like dropping a paintbrush with watercolors into the cleaning glass) while pigmented ink wont do so:

(translate german by help of google)


The 1:10 mix wont affect the quality though ink always consists of 98-99% of water! It prevents the ink from drying out.


The bk part of the printhead has another stand-alone construction and doesnt need any "support" by help of additives.

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