Cleaning Epson printer nozzles manually

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I have an Epson Stylus Color 760 which is about 6 years old now. It's quality is still excellent after all these years. I never ever bought original Epson ink but have been using 3rd party manufacturer ink all the time without any problems or leakage or quality issues. This summer I did not print for 4 months and when I cam back from the holidays my prints were all stripey and black was absent from all the prints.

So I activated Epsons internal nozzle cleaning program more than a dozen times but it only helped a little bit. I was about to finally buy a new printer when I examined the cleaning mechanism in more detail...

The Epson internal cleaning mechanism

Basically what the printer does is run the nozzle (ie the print head) over a cloth on the side of the parking position of the print head. Now after 6 years that cloth was absolutely soaked in old ink and the cloth was pretty much useless. I couldn't take out the cloth because that meant ripping it.

THE SOLUTION

After I changed the ink cartridges and that didn't help I took the ink cartridges out again and took an old but CLEAN WHITE sock and cut it open along the length of the sock. I then cut out a narrow stripe of sock about 3 cm wide and as long the sock. This stripe of sock will be used to clean the printer nozzle, but use the INSIDE, NOT the outside. The nozzle is clogged and with an old Epson there's no easy way of removing the print head so I used this stripe of sock.

I then put the stripe of sock along the printer in a position where normally the nozzles would go back and forth to print. Then I activated the print head to move to the ink loading position. When it whizzed over from its parking posistion the print head passed the stripe of sock underneath. It may get stuck though if your sock is too thick. DON'T PANIC!!! The print head WILL NOT BE DAMAGED THROUGH THAT. It will simply stop where the sock stripe is. In that case I used a narrow stick to push the sock under the nozzle so that the stripe is now under the nozzle and you can grab both ends of the sock stripe and pull it back and forth to clean the underside of the print head (aka the nozzle). I got loads of black and color ink rests on the sock and after I used a second sock stripe and installed the ink cartridges my printer worked perfectly again!

That was about 3 months ago and I am stil using this Epson printer without any problems.

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