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 Cleaning Inkjet Printer Blockages

 You have been directed to this page because we do not yet offer a Cleaning Kit for your printer. This is because we use new empty virgin cartridges as part of the kit, and we do not have these for your printer. You can get around this problem by recycling your empty cartridges and filling them with our cleaning solvent.
 Brother, Canon and Epson inkjet printers have the print head built into the printer itself. What we refer to as cartridges for these printers are actually just ink tanks - little plastic containers filled with ink. 99% of all ink flow problems will be found in the print head assembly.
 The actual print head design varies between manufacturers - as well as between models. However, all are basically the same in that there is a protrusion on the top of the assembly that contacts the "ink tank". This is where the ink enters the print head assembly. The illustration at the right is similar to that used in Canon and Brother Printers. Epson tend to be pointed. This is where most of the problems begin. Between the top of the head assembly and the actual print head is an ink channel that the ink flows through on it's way from the tank to the paper. Any blockage - even partial blockage will interfer with proper printing.
 Inkjet inks are formulated to dry quickly to prevent smearing on paper. When you remove an "ink tank" for replacement and/or refill, the ink exposed at the head shown above begins to dry. Dried ink forms "chunks" of ink which will block the flow of liquid ink to the print head. Never, Never, Never keep a cartridge out of one of these printers for more than a few minutes.
 If you are experiencing a blockage and we cannot supply you empty virgin cartridges here's what you can do!
 Fill an empty - used cartridge with our solvent. It is manufactured by OCP and is generally regarded as the finest available. Place the cartridge into the printer. Do alot of printing. If the black is blocked, print the largest, boldest black text you can print. If color, try printing color photos using as much color as possible. With a little luck, soon the solvent will clear out all of the ink in the channel and the print head, so your print out will fade to wet looking text with zero color. Now replace the solvent filled tanks with actual ink tanks and continue printing. Soon, the ink will flow through the channel into the actual print head and onto the paper.
 My Epson Cartridge has a chip on it and the printer says it's empty and won't let me print with solvent. This is normal, and you will have to use one of our chip resetters so the printer will accept it. This is a good time to mention something else which is important. Many of the Epson printers will tell you the cartridge is out of ink when it still has as much as 30% ink still left! This ink must be removed before adding solvent! Remember that the printer is not measuring the amount of ink in the tank. it simply reads a serial number on the chip, and estimates when the ink is gone. This is why you can fill a cart and the printer still says it is out of ink.
 Serious Cleaning for Seriously Blocked Printers
 The following instructions are for Canon printers. The procedure is identical for Epson.
   Ink Tank (cartridge) holders (print head assembly) are similar to the one shown at the left. Some have separate carriers for black (the large one shown here is black BCI-3), some have as many as 6 slots. The outlet hole on the ink tank matches up to the black circular pad (rubber seal) shown inside the carrier. The shiny protrusion in the center is the entrance to the channel leading to the print head. It is actually a very fine screen which filters out particles too large to flow through the print head. Treat it gently, and keep the area around it clean.
 This next step is for heads that are too blocked to be sufficiently cleaned by the process mentioned on the first page. It involves forcing cleaner through the channel and out the print head. This should be done only if the first process fails. Draw up about 3 cc's or ml of solvent in the syringe with the tubing attached. Place the tubing directly ON the head ("head" as in the entrance to the channel mentioned above). Make a tight seal by pushing down on the syringe and then force the solvent through the channel and out the print head.

 

 

 This photo shows the process we tried to explain above. Center the tubing directly onto the silver colored screen (head) and force the solvent through the channel. Force it through the channel gently. I try to count 10 seconds while I am forcing the solvent through.

When finished with this procedure, place the ink tanks back into the printer and resume printing as noted above.

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