How to clean print heads when clog?
1. Clean it with water
For sublimation ink manufacture, the ink must be able to dissolve in the medium in which it is made. So many ink manufactures also produce cleaning solution. But generally speaking, the water performs as well as cleaning solution.
You can use water to dissolve or soften the blockage. Sit the print head in a bowl of water for few hours. Most print heads can be submerged underwater as long as you dry up the contact points before inserting back in the printer.
2. Increase the temperature
Since different substances are made from different atoms, increased temperature will affect their dissolving to different extents.Therefore, you should use hot water when you soak the print head. The temperature can be somewhere between 90 °F - 120 °F.
3. Try to push the ink out
Drill a hole on the cartridge and use syringe to push ink downward, then wash the print head under hot running water.
4. The machine
If you think manual cleaning is too troublesome, you can invest a machine to help you. For example, you can buy a steaming machine, it will increases the temperature and the steam which can keep printer head moisturized. Or you can buy a ultrasonic cleaner like the one used in cleaning jewelry or medical equipment, it will help you clean your print heads quickly.
Protect your print heads well can help your printer work better and even help you save a lot of money. If you have other good tips, welcome to share with us.
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