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== Automatic Cleaning ==
 
== Automatic Cleaning ==
some contemporary ink-jet printers do a periodic automatic clean of the heads, if not used frequently
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#some contemporary ink-jet printers do a periodic automatic clean of the heads, if not used frequently
*this may happen when the printer is not powered up
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#*this may happen when the printer is not powered up
*it is better to leave standby power permantly ON for this reason
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#*it is better to leave standby power permantly ON for this reason
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#a form of "automatic cleaning" is to do draft and other temporary printing in "chocolate brown" text colour
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#*this exercises all '''four''' colours in the head
   
[[User:Rpeters|Rpeters]]08:02, 31 August 2012 (EST)
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[[User:Rpeters|Rod]]08:02, 31 August 2012 (EST)
 
== Manual Cleaning ==
 
== Manual Cleaning ==
 
But for those not wishing to replace their printer, do a Google for "Cleaning inkjet printers". I found many things there which would have helped me 3 years ago such as the need to soak heads in a solvent such as isopropyl alcohol (available from [http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront Dick Smith] at $7.99 for a 250 ml bottle for of ISO PRO Cleaner Pump Spray), for possibly about 4 days www.weeno.com. A more powerful solvent "Print Head Clog Buster" from inkmizer is described by [http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/inkjet_cleaning.html], again requiring soaking for possibly several days. Also less drastic
 
But for those not wishing to replace their printer, do a Google for "Cleaning inkjet printers". I found many things there which would have helped me 3 years ago such as the need to soak heads in a solvent such as isopropyl alcohol (available from [http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront Dick Smith] at $7.99 for a 250 ml bottle for of ISO PRO Cleaner Pump Spray), for possibly about 4 days www.weeno.com. A more powerful solvent "Print Head Clog Buster" from inkmizer is described by [http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/inkjet_cleaning.html], again requiring soaking for possibly several days. Also less drastic

Latest revision as of 13:21, 18 January 2015

Automatic Cleaning

  1. some contemporary ink-jet printers do a periodic automatic clean of the heads, if not used frequently
    • this may happen when the printer is not powered up
    • it is better to leave standby power permantly ON for this reason
  2. a form of "automatic cleaning" is to do draft and other temporary printing in "chocolate brown" text colour
    • this exercises all four colours in the head

Rod08:02, 31 August 2012 (EST)

Manual Cleaning

But for those not wishing to replace their printer, do a Google for "Cleaning inkjet printers". I found many things there which would have helped me 3 years ago such as the need to soak heads in a solvent such as isopropyl alcohol (available from Dick Smith at $7.99 for a 250 ml bottle for of ISO PRO Cleaner Pump Spray), for possibly about 4 days www.weeno.com. A more powerful solvent "Print Head Clog Buster" from inkmizer is described by [1], again requiring soaking for possibly several days. Also less drastic alternatives are suggested such as Windex glass cleaner and a 50% ammonia solution.

For those interested in more detail I am particularly impressed by [2]

Jeff - 18/Jul/12

The following site has suggestions for printheads from many brands and models http://www.ehow.com/printheads/

I followed the recommendations in this article and got a clogged, pigment head working fine

  • note that hot water is used
  • ideally the head needs partial dis-assembly

http://www.ehow.com/how_5195058_clean-clogged-canon-printhead.html

Rpeters08:30, 31 August 2012 (EST) --