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What is the best cleaning chemical to clean the print head of a canon ip4600? I bought acetone but it does not get the ink off my fingers so I am thinking not the right cleaning chemical. The large black cartridge does not work. I use to use 3rd part cartridges and it did stop working then then but I bought an original canon and it still does not work.

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Inkjet printers need to be used frequently to prevent inkdrying out in the print head nozzles.
If the print head cleaning maintenance routine does not clear the blockages,then print head needs replacing, but it may be expensive.
It may be more cost effective to buy a later model and better printer thanreplace the print head.

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