How to clean a Printer?

How to clean a Printer? Image quality suffers when printheads get clogged. You might see ink smudges or lines on the paper. So how to clean a printer? Let us teach you how to.

How to clean a Printer

How to clean printer


Cleaning a printer is pretty easy if you know what you need to do and what process you need to follow to clean the printer.

The steps are as follows –

Open Control Panel through the Power User Menu or Start menu, depending on your version of Windows.

Select Hardware and Sound or Printers and Other Hardware. The option you see depends on how new your version of Windows is.

Click or tap Device and Printers or View Installed Printers or Fax Printers.

Open the printer’s menu. Right-click the name of the printer that needs cleaning. You’ll find it below the “Printers” heading near the bottom of the page. A drop-down menu will appear.

  • If your mouse doesn’t have a right-click button, click the right side of the mouse, or use two fingers to click the mouse.
  • If your computer uses a trackpad instead of a mouse, use two fingers to tap the trackpad or press the bottom-right side of the trackpad.

Click Properties. It’s at the bottom of the drop-down menu. A new window will appear.

Click the Hardware or Maintenance tab. You’ll find this option at the top of the window.

  • Some printers keep the self-cleaning option in a More Options or a Tools tab as well.

Click the “Cleaning” option. This option will usually say Clean Heads or Clean Cartridges, but keep an eye out for any “Clean” option on the page.

  • If you can’t find an option to clean your printer’s print heads (or “nozzles”, or “cartridges”), consult your printer’s manual or online documentation. Your printer may not have a self-cleaning option.

Follow any on-screen prompts. If prompted to do or click anything during the cleaning process, do so. Otherwise, your printer should clean itself, after which point you can resume printing your documents.

  • You may have an option to print a test page that will verify whether or not the cleaning process worked.
  • If your printing results still indicate clogged print heads, you’ll need to clean manually the print heads to fix the problem.

Manual Cleaning

Turn on the HP Deskjet printer and lift the cover. When the ink cartridges move to the center of the printer, unplug the power cord and lift the cartridges out of the printer.

Set the ink cartridges wide side down on a piece of paper. Dampen cotton swabs with water and squeeze out any excess water. Clean the edges around the nozzle plates on the bottom of the ink cartridges. Do not touch the nozzle plates or copper contacts with the cotton swabs.

Clean the ink cartridge cradle inside the printer with clean, damp cotton swabs. Allow the ink cartridges and cradle to dry before replacing the cartridges. Close the printer cover and plug in the power cord.

Print a test page to ensure that the cartridges were reinstalled properly.

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Hello World, I am the Founder And CEO Of Techyuga. I am working on building Techyuga to become India's No.1 end-to-end repair hub for all kinds of devices.

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