Clean Canon Printheads

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Have you ever experienced blurred images or prints when using your p[rinter after a long time of non-use? In this tutorial, you will learn on how to do a simple troubleshooting if you ever experience blurred printouts.

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Instructions

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    First check the level of the ink in your cartridges
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    You can have an idea of the level of your inks when you tried printing there is a window showing your ink levels. However, this is only accurate if you are using genuine cartridges or if you are refilling your own cartridges, then it might show low ink levels even after refilling. If ink level is low or if ink runs out you can either replace a new cartridge or refill your empty cartridge.
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    Do a head cleaning
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    On your desktop select start button and look for printer and faxes. Locate your printer and right click it and choose properties.
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    A window will appear and look for Maintenance button and click it
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    After clicking the Maintenance button a new window will appear then choose deep cleaning and wait for it to finish.
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    After the cleaning you can do a nozzle check
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    Your print out should be clear otherwise do a second cleaning.
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    If blurred printouts are still experienced and you are refilling your cartridges it means that your cartridge is already busted and needs replacement.
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What to do if Print-head is Clogged

In the event that the printer head nozzles has become dry or has been blocked, you will need to dilute the dried-up ink. Typically, it will be possible for you to clean minor streaking and clogs by running the printer's cleaning cycle, which is in the software utility.

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If the cleaning cycle doesn't give any positive results, you may need to purchase another printer head, or simply a brand new printer. Before you go out and spend a lot of money, however, try these tips first:

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    Take off the printer head, as well as the ink cartridges, and store these components in a Ziploc bag, or anything that can be sealed
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    Set them aside, in an upright position.
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    Submerge the printer head in water
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    Use a shallow pan. Place one or two layers of paper towels at the bottom of the pan to safeguard the circuitry of the printer head from being damaged. Then heat up bottled water and pour on the paper towels and place the printer head in the water.
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    Then the printer head must be flushed with water
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    Squirt water into the printer head's crevices. Do this repeatedly until the water becomes clear.
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    To dry the printer head, shake it, and then place it on top of folded paper towels and let it air dry
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    A blow dryer could also be used, but only on low setting. Once dried up, reconnect the ink tanks and the printer head. Typically, the printer head will automatically execute "Printer head Alignment". If not, you can do it manually.
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    Aside from water, you may try using solutions that are meant for cleaning printer heads
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    Using the chosen solution, a print head could be left submerged in it for about 10 minutes up to one whole night, depending on the severity of the blockage.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Make sure that inks will not make contact with the gold chips that connect it your printer. Your cartridge might not be recognized.
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Questions and Answers

Can the entire printhead be submerged in water or would this ruin the electrical contacts?

Clogged print head. Can the entire print head be submerged in water or would this ruin the electrical contacts? Specifically, can the print head be completely submerged in water?

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