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I have ink in my cartridges and they are dry and I want o know how to clean them

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Please clean the cartridge contacts with a cotton swab moistened with water.
If you believe the cartridge is good test it in another compatible printer.
If this fails to restore printing, you will need to replace the cartridge.

This will resolve the issue you are facing.
If this doesn't work for you, please comment and let me know, and I will be more than happy to assist you to further resolve your issue.

I will look forward to your feedback and positive rating.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010


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Km 1620 double side copy makes one side clear and the other side faint

Clean print heads remove ink cartridge and take a paper towel wet it and clean the cartridge off of there is dry ink on it. Your ink cartridge could be almost empty. Ink cartridges dry out fast. If you do not use ur printer often the ink drys out.

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Little Known Facts About Extending The Life of Printer Ink Cartridges.

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.

Knowing that these cartridges dry out pretty quickly, do not purchase a jumbo cartridge unless you do a lot of printing on a regular basis. The regular cartridges are good for about 200 copies and the jumbo cartridges are good for about 650 copies. If you know you aren't going to use your printer for the next couple of weeks or longer, remove the cartridges and store them.

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.
2. Use a piece of plastic wrap to cover the working surface of the cartridge.
3. Store the cartridges in a ziplock bag trying to get out as much air as possible. This will prevent the ink from drying and clogging the holes.

I know this seems like a bit of work, but with the cost of these cartridges, it is time well spent. Happy printing everyone!

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Ink has dried up and won't print

Remove the ink cartridges from the printer. Find the gold colored bars where the ink is dispensed on the cartridge. Run this part of the cartridge very gently under your faucet using a small trickle of warm water. Wipe clean with a paper towel until no ink remains on cartridge. Reinstall cartridges. Run cleaning cycle and then try reprinting. ( several cleaning cycles may need to be run to get a good printing ) If this does not clear the cartridges, they may need replaced.

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Want to know how to manually clean printer head

You can, but the objective is to soften the dried ink, that blocks the tiny ports.
In my estimate the alcohol will dry too fast.

Printer UNPLUGGED from power, and you may wish to don some gloves.
(Dishwashing gloves?)
The ink likes to go everywhere.

Remove the ink cartridge/s.

As you can see, the copper metal strip area, on the ink cartridge; has TINY little holes in it.
I use a clean soft static free cloth, and soak the end I'm going to use; in as hot a water as I can stand.

Then reduce the water in the cloth, (Squeeze), so the wet area, is just damp.
Wipe across the copper area, and it's tiny ports.
Wipe across once, then find a clean area on the cloth; and do so again.

Keep wiping until cloth comes away clean.
I also do the same on the metal area, of the printer; that the metal area of the ink cartridge touches.

There are matching tiny port holes there also.
Keep wiping, adjusting for a clean area after each wipe, until cloth comes away clean.

I then follow with a can of compressed air for computers, and make sure the areas are DRY.

Q-tips, and Isopropyl alcohol, (Rubbing alcohol), sounds more intelligent, to me.
However the amount used may fill up a small bag, IMHO.

I know what you're thinking. Is this guy N-uts?
Water and Electricity do not mix!

(Actually they do. Water is an excellent conductor)

I watch to make sure there are no drips from the cloth, when using it. Have a dry cloth handy for the other hand, if they do.

I also make SURE the areas are DRY, before reinstalling ink cartridges.

I find VERY warm water helps break down the dried ink.

Always willing to learn something new, however.

For additional questions please post back in a Comment.

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Unable to align cartridges on Canon Pixma MP600 all-in-one printer. When trying to print many black streaks obscure printed area.

This sounds like a printhead problem.
The first thing I would try is to clean the printhead. Remove the cartridges and store them (stretch a piece of plastic electrical tape over the ink cartridge hole to keep the ink from drying out).
Remove the printhead and set it in warm distilled water and let the printhead sit overnight.
Remove the printhead from the water and blot the water with a clean lint free dry cloth (do not rub the printhead and contacts, or damage could occur. Set the printhead aside to air dry.
Once the printhead is dry, reinsert the printhead, remove the tape from the ink cartridges, reinsert the ink cartridges. Test print. This should clear the problem.
We can try a more aggressive cleaning solution of the distilled water doesn't clear the problem.
Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks.

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It won't print black ink even with new cartridge and multiple cleanings

Hello, and thanks for using FixYa.

Sounds like the print head carrier, the printerhead has its black cartridge nozzles blocked, due to dryed up ink. Remove the back cartridge and Check the area under it, does there appear to be wet ink? if there is, then the cartridge is working but the nozzles are blocked. If the print head is removeable you might try to sink the bottom a bit in warm water to get the ink to dissolve from the nozzels. It should print after that.

just make sure the head is clean and dry before placing it back into the printer.

let me know how you get along with it.

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good day sir/ma'am, hi, the reason why the printed sends the mesaage "cartridge not installed correctly" mean that it cannot get ink from those cartridges due to dirt and dust, or the ink on the cradle dried out, you may need to clean the cradle, the part were it houses the ink cartridges, since dried ink is solluble to water, use warm water to clean the cartridge. you can remove the cradle or use a dipstick with cloth wrap around and dip it to the dried ink. If the dried ink has soften enough you can place again your cartridge and test print again, do this several times to get the ink flow again. Carefull not to moisten the electronics part of your printer. thats it.

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My Dell AIO 962 will not print yellow. Can anyone

Suggest you clean the ink cartridge nozzles, and the area on the printer, where the ink cartridge nozzles fit up against.

I'm not referring to using the printers option of cleaning the ink cartridge nozzles. I'm referring
to physically cleaning these two areas.

If a printer sits for a period, and the printing option isn't used very much, the inkjet nozzles can clog with dried ink. The inkjet nozzles have tiny holes, and are almost microscopic in diameter. Clogged inkjet nozzles in this reference are referring to the color option.
The color cartridge.
Perhaps you have used Black a lot, but not the color option lately.

To physically clean these areas you unplug the printer from power. Don protective gloves, (Dish Washing?), to keep any ink from getting on your hands. Use a clean, lint-free cloth saturated in as warm a water, as you can stand to the touch. Then wring the cloth out until it is just damp. Wipe the inkjet holes, (Nozzles), on the ink cartridge in one direction only. Keep wiping until the cloth doesn't pick up ink.
Do the same for the area on the printer, that the inkjets of the cartridge matches up to.

How to know where these areas are?
The inkjets on the cartridge, are located where you took the protective tape off of the cartridge, upon installing. There is a brass strip. The nozzle holes should be located in this strip.

The area on the printer that matches up to the inkjet nozzles of the cartridge, may be readily seen by evidence of ink left behind on this area.
If not, when you remove the ink cartridge, and look at the cartridge, you can judge where the inkjet holes would match up to the area on the printer.

When you are satisfied that both the cartridge inkjet holes are clean, and the area on the printer, let these areas dry.

You can speed up the drying process by using a hair dryer set on low, and constantly moving it back, and forth.

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Black ink not printing

Having had the same problem on my 425cn Brother with the black ink, I'm told that the solution is hot water. I goes something like this: remove cartridge, place in container with hot water for a while, remove allow to dry completely, replace, perform clean cycle and print test page. Apparently it's imperative to dry completely and stand cartridge upright. The warm water thins the ink, and remove (apparently) blockages. I cannot verify that this works, but will try it this weekend and let you know! If the housing that the ink cartridge can be readily removed, take that out and clean in warm water. Again dry very well before returning. Be care full that ink becomes runny and may leak out of cartridge and make a mess - so work carefully.

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