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Did you know that learning how to clean high-quality printer heads could significantly cut down on cartridge replacement costs and prolong the efficiency of your printer? Nothing frustrates an inkjet user more than a malfunctioned printer. Like any other electric device, your printer’s print head will clog from time to time as dust particles and tiny amounts of ink form on the nozzle. And speaking of electric devices, you can read our article on how many amps a printer uses if you have ever been curious about printer power consumption.
When tiny bits of debris, dust, and dried ink clog the small holes on the printer head, the result is a streaky print with white lines where there should be color. Depending on your printer’s make or model, it may clog more often than others. Therefore, you’ll have to take more steps to unclog the printer head. You may also want to check out how to fix a jammed printer.
Cleaning your printer’s printer head will go a long way in prolonging its lifespan, hopefully, helping delay replacing your cartridge. Plus, it’ll maintain the print head condition, so you won’t have to replace the entire printer.
A print head is a component that is found in an inkjet printer that helps transfer ink from the cartridge to the page media. It performs this task by spraying tiny ink droplets through numerous nozzles to develop the desired print on a page. In case your nozzle gets clogged, your prints will be streaky or faded. Other than the printer head, you can also clean the printer in general. Ensure you have gathered all appropriate cleaning supplies and power down the printer before cleaning it.
If you want even more info on this topic, read our guide covering what is a printhead on a printer.
Before you begin cleaning your print head, it’s important to troubleshoot your printer to make sure that it is indeed clogged. Unfortunately, there is no printer button that will automatically clean the print head. So, you’ll have to do this manually with alcohol or a damp paper towel.
Cleaning your print head is easy. All you need is a few supplies, including:
Congratulations! You have successfully cleaned your printer head. Now that your printer head is clean, use Airprint to wirelessly print directly from your iPhone. Also, ensure that your printer and your iPad are on the same wireless network. And now that you have a nice clean printer, you can check out our article on using fabric for printing with an inkjet printer if you want to do some craft projects.
What is a print head?
A print head is a component that is found in an inkjet printer that helps transfer ink from the cartridge to the page.
What do I need to clean a print head?
All you need is dry paper towels, distilled hot water, a plastic container, and a lint-free cloth.
Why do I need to clean my print head?
When tiny bits of debris, dust, and dried ink clog the tiny holes on the printer head, it often results in a streaky print with white lines where there should be color.
Can I manually clean my print head?
Yes, all you need is dry paper towels, distilled hot water, a plastic container, a lint-free cloth, and some time to spare.
How do I know my print head needs cleaning?
You will notice your printed paper has a streaky print with white lines where there should be color and deteriorated print quality even after a cartridge refill.
STAT: The U.S Printing market size is $75.3 billion. It has a -3.1% annual growth between 2016 and 2021 and will grow by -2% in 2021. The Printing industry in the U.S declined faster than the economy overall. (source)