How To Unclog Epson Printhead Nozzles

How To Unclog Epson Printhead Nozzles

Printers need occasional maintenance to stay in good working order. One of the most important parts of printer maintenance is cleaning the printhead. Printheads get dusty, dirty, and clogged with ink over time, requiring periodic cleaning. Some printers have automatic printhead cleaning systems, but they are not always effective. You may need to manually clean the printhead to ensure printing success. 

This step by step guide will explain how to unclog your Epson printhead nozzle. Follow these instructions for cleaning to avoid damage to your printer.

Cleaning Your Epson Printhead: Step by Step Directions

Instructions may vary depending on the model. Refer to your owners manual for specific instructions on printhead cleaning. 

  • Run the auto clean cycle. The first step to unclog your printhead is to run the auto clean cycle on your printer. You may need to access your printer software on your computer to activate the cleaning cycle. Let the cycle run until complete, then attempt to print something as a test. If the printhead is still clogged, move to the next step. 
  • Remove the ink cartridges. Start by removing the ink cartridges. Store them in a ziplock bag or airtight container while you are cleaning so the ink won’t dry out. 
  • Clean the printhead nozzles. Dampen a microfiber cloth with distilled water. Be sure to use distilled water to prevent any residue from being left behind. Avoid using a paper towel that could leave lint on your printhead. Carefully clean your printhead with the wet cloth to remove dried ink. 
  • Replace the ink cartridges. Put the ink cartridges back in the printer and be sure it is ready to print. 
  • Run a print test. Print something to test the nozzle. If it comes out looking right without any problems, you have successfully cleaned your printhead nozzle. If not, proceed to the next step. 
  • Repeat the cleaning process with a water and Windex solution. Make a solution that is half distilled water and half Windex or other glass cleaning product. Dampen a microfiber cloth with the solution and clean your printhead again. Replace the ink cartridges and run a print test. If the nozzle is still clogged, proceed to the next step. 
  • Soak the printhead. Prepare a solution of distilled water and windex and microwave it until slightly warm. Soak your printhead nozzle in the warm water solution for 10-15 minutes. Dry the printhead with a microfiber cloth and allow it to sit and dry completely (this may take a few hours). Replace the dry nozzle and ink cartridges and run another print test. If the nozzle is still not printing properly, contact your printhead manufacturer for assistance. 

What Causes Printhead Nozzles to Clog? 

There are a few different reasons a printhead nozzle could become clogged. One of the most common problems is lack of use. The longer the printer sits without being used, the more likely the ink inside the nozzle will dry up and potentially attract dust that leads to a clog. You can prevent this by using your printer more frequently. 

It also helps to run the automatic cleaning cycle at least once a month. There are cleaning cartridges available for each brand of printer that are designed to clean your printhead nozzle. Manufacturers recommend using brand name printer cartridges that match the model of your printer for best results. 

Try Cleaning Products From All Printheads

All Printheads offers a variety of cleaning products to unclog printhead nozzles, such as the Print Head Doctor. We also provide cleaning solutions that are safe and effective on a variety of printer makes and models. 

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