Hi Everybody ,
Many printers have the print head built into the carrier .
By allowing them to stand unused , even for a week will lead to the ink drying and blocking the head.
This costs a fortune in ink to simply sit there pressing the clean head button.
All you need is to buy a bottle of Methulated Spirits.
THIS IS HIGHLY INFLAMABLE AND MUST BE KEPT AWAY FROM ALL / ANY FORMS OF IGNITION SOURCE - Flames - Cigarettes - Sparks - Cookers - Fires - Heaters - Hairdryers etc .Turn off any appliances before cleaning .Allow to dry before reasembling / turning back on .
By simply swabbing the heads with a soaked cotton bud ( works great on vcr heads as well as pcb contacts ) you quickly remove the old dryed on ink .Alternativly put a couple of drops on the sponge that sits under the print head carriage and turn the printer off , this will raise the sponge upto the head and allow for a soaking to take place .I did this recently on a printer bought off ebay that had stood for at least 2 years , An it cleaned the heads beautifuly .Admittedly i had to do this 3 times ,And give it 1 clean using the ink - but think of the ink i saved .
For the cartridge with head built in , Simply swab or dip the heads in the Meths and dab onto kitchen towel a few times untill you get the band / bands of colour comming through onto the towel in neat blocks of colour .
But iff the heads are indeed worn out , then no ammount of cleaning will bring them back to life .