OK, maybe this is old news but.
I use my little printer about 3-4 times a year (at conventions). And I don’t usually use an entire ink cartridge at one convention, but the wait time in between usually causes the ink to dry up, clog the nozzles, and require so many cleaning cycles that I might as well just buy a new set of ink.
ANYWAY at the last AniMinneapolis I really screwed up my nice Epson (that I use for all my art prints) by not paying close enough attention when the paper fed and I ended up clogging the heads so badly that I couldn’t get them clean even with basically a billion clean cycles. And it was only on Friday! So I really needed to fix them.
So I LEARNED SOMETHING
And I just had a chance to try it out on my little printer to see if the effects are just as good… and they are! So now I’m just recording this on the internet for whatever reason.
The fix is super easy, at least in the case of dried ink clogging the nozzles. This might not fix other streaking/clogging problems. Also, bla bla bla, please do this at your own risk and don’t blame me if it breaks something. I’m not a printer mechanic, I just have printers.
You will need:
- Turn off your printer if it was already on. Then, turn it on. Once the cartridge assembly (the box that holds the ink cartridges) starts to move away from the purge unit (where the assembly usually sits), unplug the printer (don’t turn it off)
- Once you unplug the printer you should be able to move the assembly freely. Move it away from the purge unit
- Look in the purge unit and find the little pads where the print heads sit. They’re like little foam pads and they’ll probably be black or a dark color from soaking up extra ink.
- Using your eyedropper, soak the pads in Windex. I fill the pads until they start to foam a little or turn white. Don’t worry about runoff, as it will evaporate.
- Before the Windex on the pads evaporates, plug the printer back in and turn it on. Once the assembly returns to the purge unit area, let the printer sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Run one clean cycle
- ET VOILA