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Cleaning of cartridges

With which solution should i clean my cartridges, if they are blocked with dry ink

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Try 70% of isopropyl alcohol on a tissue paper. wipe it gently. see to it that some or the ink deposit would melt to it! if it does, try to submerge only the head part of the cartridge!

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You could clean the black ink cartridge. For this you need to remove the black ink cartridge which is present in the printer. In order to clean the laser or scanner block you could use a cotton swab as it would fully clean the dirt. You need to clean the grime and the dried ink present in the printer. This would remove all the hindrances which prevent the ink from flowing. Cleaning the printer heads would also help to solve the problem.

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Good day sir/maam, hi, when you test print it usually prints letters and no lines are printed. try first if the printer is setup to economy/draft or pictures, if lines are faded, the ink cartridges maybe dirty. manual cleaning is needed, the ink path starts from the ink cartridge to the cradle or carrier then to paper. so any dried ink that blocks the path can affect the printout. you can use warm water to loosen dried ink. remove the cartridges and cradle from the printer as you clean them.

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Did you run the Maintenance feature that is part of the printer's program?

If not, open the Maintenance page and select Head Cleaning. This cleans the head by pushing through a lot of ink thereby dissolving any dried ink that is blocking the heads. Run a Print check to tell if the heads are properly cleaned (this cleaning may need to be repeated a few times before the heads are cleaned properly).

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