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== Automatic Cleaning ==
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some contemporary ink-jet printers do a periodic automatic clean of the heads, if not used frequently
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*this may happen when the printer is not powered up
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*it is better to leave standby power permantly ON for this reason
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[[User:Rpeters|Rpeters]]08:02, 31 August 2012 (EST)
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== 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
 
alternatives are suggested such as Windex glass cleaner and a 50% ammonia solution.
 
alternatives are suggested such as Windex glass cleaner and a 50% ammonia solution.

Revision as of 09:02, 31 August 2012

Automatic Cleaning

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

Rpeters08:02, 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 --