The printer has long been one of the devices without which no office worker or student can imagine his life. But, like any equipment, the printer may fail at some point. And there are a lot of reasons why this can happen. Some of them are very easy to eliminate even at home, and in some, specialist intervention is indispensable.
This article will address a problem in which the Epson inkjet printer just needs to be cleaned with your own hands so that it can continue to work.
When is cleaning necessary?
So, let's start with the fact that you need to understand when exactly you need to clean a device such as an Epson printer or any other. Even with proper use, one should not think that all elements will always work perfectly. If the use of consumables cannot always be controlled, then printing equipment malfunctions will begin sooner or later. A blockage in the printer head can occur in such cases:
- the ink in the print head is dry;
- the ink supply mechanism has broken;
- clogged special channels through which ink is supplied to the device;
- The ink supply level for printing has increased.
To solve the problem with clogging of the head, printer manufacturers to control its operation came up with a special program that will help solve the problem through a computer.
And if we talk about cleaning, then you can clean the printer in two ways:
What to prepare?
So, to clean the printer and flush the device, some components will be required.
- Specially made flushing fluid from the manufacturer. This composition will be very effective, because it allows you to clean as soon as possible.
- A special rubberized sponge called kappa. It has a porous structure, due to which the liquid gets the opportunity to get on the print head as quickly as possible.
- Dishes with a flat bottom, which will not be a pity to throw away. For these purposes, you can use disposable plates or containers for food.
By the way, special kits for cleaning the printer are sold on the market, which already include all the necessary elements, including a means for washing the printer. They can be found even in specialized stores.
How to clean?
Now let's try to figure out how to clean the Epson printer. Consider this process on various printer models. In addition, we will find out how to clean the print head, and how to wash other items.
If you want to directly clean the head and clean the nozzles for printing, as well as clean the nozzles, then you can use the universal method, which is suitable for all models of printers without exception.
Usually an indicator that this needs to be done is printing in stripes. This indicates that there is a problem with the print head.
It is either clogged or the paint has dried on it. Here you can use software cleaning, but you can use physical cleaning.
First, check the print quality. If the defects are not too pronounced, then you can use the option of physical cleaning.
- We release access to the mouth guard. To do this, start the printer and, after the carriage begins to move, unplug the power plug from the network so that the movable carriage moves to the side.
- Now, rinse should be applied to the tray until the housing is completely filled. This is best done with a syringe and it is important not to pour too much compound so that it does not leak from the print head into the printer.
- Leave the printer in this condition for 12 hours.
After the specified time period has passed, the flushing liquid should be removed. This is done by returning the carriage to its normal position, turning on the printing device and starting the self-cleaning procedure for the print head.
If for some reason, the above actions did not bring the expected results, then the procedure should be repeated several more times.
Now you need to print an A4 sheet in any program. At the same time, press the button and clean the nozzles, which will also help to remove ink residues in the printer.
If we talk about cleaning nozzles, then you will need to have at hand the following elements:
- glue of the "Moment" type;
- alcohol-based window cleaner;
- plastic strip;
- Microfiber rag.
The complexity of this process is small, and everyone can do it. The main thing is to be as careful as possible. First, connect the printer to the network and wait for the moment when the print head moves to the center, and then turn off the device from the outlet. Now you need to move the head and change the diaper settings.
We cut off a piece of plastic of such a size that it is slightly larger than the size of the diaper.
Using the same principle, we cut off a piece of microfiber, having previously cut the corners, as a result of which an octagon should turn out.
Now glue is applied at the edges of the plastic, and the edges of the fabric are wrapped on the back side. We spray the cleaning agent on the resulting device and give it a little time to soak it well. To clean the diaper of an Epson printer, place impregnated microfiber on it. While supporting the plastic, you should hold the print head in different directions several times. After that, it should be left on the tissue for about 7-8 hours. When the specified time period has elapsed, remove the fabric and connect the printer. You can then try to print the document.
Another method of cleaning the printer head and some of its elements is called the “Sandwich”. The essence of this method is to soak the internal elements of the printer in a special chemical composition. It is about using window and mirror cleaners. Before starting such cleaning, it is also necessary to remove the cartridges, remove the rollers and the pump. For a while we put the mentioned elements in the specified solution so that the remnants of the dried paint lag behind their surface. After that we pull them out, wipe them dry with a special cloth, carefully set them in place and try to print.
If we talk about software cleaning, then this type of cleaning the Epson printer can be used initially if the resulting image is pale when printing or there are no dots on it. You can do this using a special utility from Epson called Head Cleaning. You can also perform cleaning using the keys located in the device control area.
At first, it will not be superfluous to use a program called Nozzle Check, which will make it possible to clean nozzles.
If this does not improve printing, then it will become clear that cleaning is needed.
If it was decided to use Head Cleaning, you should make sure that there are no errors on the corresponding indicators , and that the transportation lock is locked.
Click the printer icon on the taskbar with the right mouse button and select the Head Cleaning item. If it is absent, then it should be added. When the application was launched, you should follow the instructions that will be displayed on the screen.
If this operation was performed three times, and the print quality did not get better, then you should start enhanced cleaning from the device driver window. After that, we clean the nozzles and, if necessary, clean the print head again.
If the above actions do not help, then you should contact a specialist.
We also consider the option of performing software cleaning using keys on the device control area. First, make sure that the indicators are not active, which indicates errors, and that the transport lock is not in the locked position. After that, press and hold the service key for 3 seconds. The printer should start cleaning the print head. A blinking power indicator will indicate this.
After it stops flashing, you should print a nozzle check pattern to make sure that the print head is clean.
As you can see, every user can clean the Epson printer. The main thing is to clearly understand your actions and have the necessary materials at hand. Also, the cleaning process may vary slightly depending on the model of the device that is available.
To clean the print head of an Epson printer, see below.