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Cleaning Blocked Canon Print Heads

 

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Cleaning Blocked Canon Print Heads
Canon printers have a removable printer head that holds the ink cartridges. The printer should be used weekly to help keep the ink flowing and stop clogging of the print heads.


If the printer head nozzles are blocked or dried you will have to dissolve the dried ink. Normally you'll clear up minor clogs and streaking by running the cleaning cycle found in your printer's software utility.


However if the cleaning cycle does not do the trick in clearing up poor and incomplete output, do not assume you'll have to shop for a brand new printer head. Canon printer owners have reported multiple ways that to resolve this downside at very cost - a number of the following ways are described below.


Steps for Manually Cleaning the Printer Head


Step one - take out the printer head also take away the ink tanks from the printer head and seal them in an sealable plastic bag.
Next take away the printer head (it snaps out). NOTE: you will wish to wear latex gloves to assist keep ink off your hands.


Step two - Soaking the printer head. There are multiple suggestions on ways that to wash the printer head and every one have some variation on the following:

  •  Get a shallow pan and lay down a layer or 2 of paper towels within the bottom of the container to shield the printer head circuitry from contact harm. 
  • Heat up (via microwave) enough purified/bottled water to wet the paper towels; you'll additionally use a 50/50 mixture of ammonia and distilled water (about a pint can do). Heat the mixture within the microwave for a few minutes - it shouldn't be boiling. 
  • Slowly pour the water or mixture over the paper towels so that you have got approximately 1/2 in. of liquid within the bottom of the pan. 
  • Set the printer head into the container on top of the towels. the ink will 'bleed' out. Move the print head to many completely different spots on the towel and shake gently, this will help dissolve the ink clogs. 
  • If the printer head is badly clogged let it soak for three to four hours or overnight. you'll move it slightly on the towel to a new spot each hour or thus.


Alternative Soak Method:
Mix a 50/50 combination of hot water and Opus Pro Ink Print Head Cleaning Solution and place in an exceedingly shallow container, enough to hide the bottom of the printer head and ink ports. Leave for two hours whereas agitating the unit sometimes. take away from the solution and gently scrub the bottom and internal ink ports with a soft toothbrush. don't scrub the gold contacts however do not worry if they get wet. replace the print head in the solution for another1/2 hours agitating now and again to losen anymore dried ink, take away and scrub once more as before.


Step three - Flush the printer head with water.

  • Hold the unit below a gentle warm running tap. Place your finger over the tap to form back pressure to permit you to squirt the water into all crevices of the printer head. you ought to see the gunk build up flow out. do that till the water runs clear.

Step four - Dry the printer head and replace.

  • Remove the printer head and rinse it completely with distilled water. Shake it dry and set it on folded paper towels to air dry. (Some people use a hair dryer on an light setting to dry the printer head.) 
  • Reinsert the printer head and ink tanks. The printer ought to automatically do a "Printer Head Alignment." If it does not, manually perform "Printer Head Alignment" through the printer's utility. Next run a printer head cleaning cycle or 2 followed by printing and nozzle check pattern to examine your progress. 
  • Repeat as necessary.

Other variations of the above.

  • Soak the printer head in Opus Pro Ink Cartridge Flush and Print Head Cleaner which is specifically designed to clear blocked print heads. Soak the blocked print head for ten minutes minimum but will be best left overnight.
  • Use a full eye dropper to flush alcohol through the suitable ink 'hole(s)' that show within the printer head unit. do not rush this: do a drop at a time otherwise you would possibly flood the within of the unit.  


Preventive Maintenance
It's a preferable to run preventive maintenance on your inkjet printer to prevent it developing clogged printer heads. Printer heads become blocked for variety of reasons; however the most common is solely that the printer has not been used and therefore the printer heads have dried out. Never let the printer stand with an empty cartridge. Either work the printer at least once a week, or seal the print head unit in an exceedingly plastic bag with a number of drops of water for humidity. Since print heads become clogged when not used for long periods of your time, frequently print a page or 2 to stay the print heads clear. Some consultants say that it's higher to print one colourful page per week than to run a printer cleaning cycle, as a result of doing thus uses plenty less ink. Ideally, printer cleaning cycles ought to be started once per week to forestall the printer head from obtaining clogged

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There are alternative additional ink-efficient ways to clean the printer heads that may stop their clogging simply as effectively as running the printer's cleaning cycle:

  • Brush the printer heads with Q-tips soaked in water. Sources vary on whether or not alcohol would be simpler than water, however within the opinion of some printer consultant’s alcohol are often harmful to printer heads and may therefore be avoided. 
  • Buy a cleaning kit and use it frequently on your printer. A typical cleaning kit sometimes incorporates a tube of ammonia that you just will spray on the printer head to get rid of dried ink. 
  • Covering the printer when not in use to stay it free from dirt and debris additionally helps stop the printer heads from clogging.

 

 



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