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How to clean printheads

What is the procedure on cleaning printheads what solution do I use?

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Re: How to clean printheads

There are two things that you can do...
Clean printheads, because of ink buildup, or clean the heads and contacts because of debris buildup.

  1. Clean the printheads; this is done when there is streaking in the printout
    1. Press Menu
    2. Press 7 (Status Maintenance Menu)
    3. then 2 (Clean Printheads)
    4. Check print out. If it's still bad, then replace the printhead that's not working.
  2. Clean the ink cartridge contacts
    1. Using a clean lint-free cloth, distilled or filtered water (no tap water)
    2. Open the print-cartridge access door
    3. After cartridges are in center, unplug unit
    4. Remove the cartridges
    5. Examine contacts for debris buildup
    6. With damp cloth clean any debris buildup on cartridge or in cartridge bed
    7. Repeat for others
    8. Replace all and turn on printer
    9. Message will appear to Re-align heads, press enter to do this
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SOURCE: is there a way of manually cleaning a printhead?

Are you confident you have a good Cyan cartridge from which the ink is flowing properly. For example, are you sure you removed the yellow tape from the cartridge before you installed it? Is it low on ink? Even though the Status Monitor says the cartridge has plenty of ink, it may not. This is because the Status Monitor only estimates how much an ink cartridge contains based on how much printing & head cleaning has been carried out since new. There are a number of reasons for it to get it badly wrong, or it may simply be faulty (e.g. an out-of-date cartridge that has dried-up). If in doubt change it for a new one.

Apart from a dud cartridge, air trapped in the nozzles can inhibit ink flowing. This is usually caused by unsatisfactory cartridge replacement e.g. taking out the old cartridge too long before installing the new. Tackle this with head cleaning cycles. But, do not carry out more than 2 or 3 cleaning cycles in a row; once ink starts to flow, as shown by a nozzle check print, leave it to stand for 24 hours before trying 2 or 3 cycles again. Patience is the key.

If these steps produce no improvement, then you can try the following head-soak process. Turn the printer on, and as soon as the print head moves, pull the power cord out of the back, or turn the printer off at the mains. You may now carefully move the print head by hand over to the left hand side out of the way. Look inside the print head parking area on the right and you will see a small rubber cup that comes up to cover the print nozzles when the head is parked (to stop it drying out). Use a syringe or dropper to fill this cup with head cleaning fluid or distilled water. DO NOT USE TAP WATER. Carefully push the print head fully into its parking position so that the cup full of fluid comes up over the print head. Leave this for at least 24 hours, then try a head clean or two again. If still nothing, report back.

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SOURCE: Printhead cleaning

Turn the printer off.
Turn the printer on.
Restart your computer.
Try to print -- has the message vanished?

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SOURCE: How do I clean the HP designjet 110plus printhead

You need to go to the hp download site and download the System Maintenance Utility Software. Its free, but you need it before you can clean the print heads. also, for some reason it works best when hooked to the network, not directly to Computer.

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SOURCE: How do you clean HP 6940 printhead?

Remove the ink cartridge and gently clean the printer head (shiny silver wafer) with hot water, glass cleaner, or isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab. Run the HP head cleaner with the software that was supplied with your printer afterward. Visit if you need the software or your user manual.

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Hi, in desktop right side down you can see the printer icon click right select head cleaning.

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If your printed output is streaked or has any incorrect or missing colors, the printhead
might need to be cleaned.
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This might take a few minutes and will use one or more sheets of paper.
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