Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

How to Unclog a Sticky Inkjet Printer Clog

Do you have an inkjet printer at home? Have you ever had a printhead clog up on you, resulting in streaks or colors being missing from your print job?
Clogs may be very inconvenient and irritating. Normally, when you discover that you have a blocked printhead, it is because you are in the midst of printing something critical. I suppose it’s one of those issues that you don’t intend to have. Without warning, it seems to fall into your lap, and then teases you while you attempt to correct the situation.
The printhead is the mechanism of your printer (or inkjet cartridge), and it is via this mechanism that the ink is actually discharged.
For the most part, printhead blockages can be flushed out with a few “head cleaning” cycles, which may be performed as needed. A head cleaning cycle is a built-in feature of your printer that you may use whenever necessary. It’s a customized procedure designed specifically to deal with this kind of issue.
It works by providing a powerful ‘print signal’ to your printer while at the same time sucking up a tiny amount of dust from beneath the machine. It is believed that the combination of these two procedures will be effective in sucking out clogged ink from the printhead. According to my previous experience, it will likely take between 3 and 5 cycles to completely remove a blockage.


Detailed directions on where to locate the head cleaning cycle procedure differ from one printer manufacturer to another, so consult your printer owner’s handbook for precise information on where to find yours. First, go through the index.
If you have lost or misplaced your owner’s manual, you may look it up on the website of the printer manufacturer you purchased it from. They will very certainly have your printer manual available online.
There are instances, however, when a few basic head cleaning procedures do not seem to be sufficient to resolve the issue. It’s possible that a persistent printhead blockage like this may continue for long enough for you to desire to pull out your hair.
You’ll need to bring out the heavy weapons in situations like these!
There are a variety of cleaners available that are designed especially for the removal of difficult inkjet printhead blockages. It is the purpose of these cleaners to dissolve dried or “gummy” ink, which may have accumulated over time due to occasional printer usage, or even simply a general buildup of ink in a printer.
Personal experience: I got an old printer “back from the dead” with the help of a device named “Clog Buster.” It was a printer that I had bought off of eBay that had not been used in a long time, according to the seller. I spent many hours attempting to resurrect the printer, and ‘Clog Buster’ was the only thing that worked when everything else had failed.
Although utilizing a cleaning solution like this has its advantages, the one disadvantage is that you are unlikely to have it on hand when the blockage occurs. Unless you already have some on hand, you’ll have to wait for it to be sent to you through postal service. In the meanwhile, your printing job will have to be put on hold until the next shipment is received.
(However, I may be able to assist you.)
However, the good news is that you may be able to resolve the issue with the help of a few common home items. In reality, Windex glass cleaner may be quite effective in dissolving dried ink if used properly. What is the hidden ingredient in this recipe?
Tough printhead blockages may typically be brought under control by immersing the printer in a solution of 50/50 ammonia and distilled water for many hours or overnight.
A word of caution is in order here. Ammonia is a very potent and effective substance. When dealing with ammonia, always make sure you have sufficient ventilation and avoid combining it with other chemicals unless absolutely necessary. This is very essential.
Consequently, if your printhead is housed inside the inkjet cartridge itself, you should soak the printhead for an hour or two in the 50/50 solution before using it.
If the printhead unit is housed inside the inkjet printer itself, you will first need to remove the inkjet cartridges from the printer before proceeding. After they have been removed, pour a little amount of the solution into the top of the printhead (straight into the nozzle holes) and let it to rest for a couple of hours before continuing. Don’t be afraid to add a bit extra to the printhead resting seat if necessary. This is the rectangle-shaped rubber piece that shuts off the printhead unit while the carriage is in its resting position.
If the first attempt does not yield satisfactory results, repeat the soaking process with 100 percent ammonia for up to one hour. After that, be sure to thoroughly rinse with distilled water.
After trying many times, if the blockage does not clear quickly, let the printer alone overnight and try again the following day. When the ammonia takes its toll on the blockage, it may sometimes break down slowly and eventually release.
Finally, for those of you who are curious about the efficacy of using alcohol to unclog cartridges and printheads, here’s a short remark to share with you:
Although alcohol will not perform as effectively as ammonia, it may be preferable to a series of cleaning cycles. The disadvantage of using alcohol is that it may cause the polymers and metals in the printhead to dry up. This may potentially increase the likelihood of a blockage occurring later on down the line. So, if at all possible, stay away from alcoholic beverages.
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