Cleaning Epson Printer Nozzles

alan

Member
I am having a great deal to trouble with banding and smears of black ink when using my 1270. The heads need constant cleaning and I cannot print a series of images without problems after the first couple. I seem to remember some discussion a while ago and I think that Lynn (writing4you) Loeffle had a simple solution with some cleaning fluid or typwriter ribbon. any help would be most welcome and please advise on how to get at the nozzles. Does one use a hypodermic syringe for ex&le?

Alan
 
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writing4me

Hi Alan, You have a good memory. I was the one who posted that. The information was given to me by the repair shop within the Apple dealer I had bought some computer gear from. I use this remedy on my Epson 1520 with regular ink cartridges. I'm not sure what country you are in, but I buy a small bottle of "Professional Tape Head Cleaner" (in reference to music cassette tape heads) from the local Radio Shack store, and use it with cotton swabs (Q-Tip Swabs).

It's amazingly simple. Remove the ink cartridges that you have in the printer. The place there the cartridges were seated is where I clean. There is nothing to take apart. If there is a great deal of ink dried in that area, I will let a few drops of the cleaner sit and do its work for a few moments. Otherwise, I just keep dipping clean cotton swabs in the liquid and rubbing it in the spot where the cartridges get seated until it comes out virtually clean. (Might take a while depending how inky yours is)

Replace the cartridges and run a cleaning cycle and a test print through the utilities and see how it looks. Print a small test print and see how things look. If need be, repeat the process, but I generally don't need to with mine. I do this periodically to avoid heavy cleanings.

I've also tried the "cleaning heads" sold by Ink4Art, but they don't seem to do a good job for me on heavy ink debris. I do love their ink though, and find it to be about 1/4 to 1/5 of what I pay for OEM Epson cartridges. I buy their products all the time.
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Do remember to turn off your printer when you are done with it. That does help avoid ink leakages. I was told by the Ink4Art people that the only people who should leave their printers on all day long are businesses that run their printers constantly, other people should turn theirs off when not used.

If you need any clarification, feel free to ask. I hope this works out for you.

Best, Lynn
 

alan

Member
>Hi Lynn,

Thank you so much for your prompt response, which is very helpful. I live in the UK, but I am sure that I shall find a similar head cleaning fluid here and hopefully I shall now be able to tackle the problem.

Best wishes,

Alan
 

swoolf

Well-Known Member
Could this also be a consequence of the little sponge , which usually sits under the cartridges parking place , being saturated with inks? This does happen eventually and it smears also sorts of goop on the carts/heads each time they return to the right of the printer , with often disastrous results......... Steve
 

nickser

Well-Known Member
Hello Alan,
I have used either methyl or ethyl alcohol (I can't remember which off hand) in the past for cleaning tape heads and ink heads. I will ask my brother in law who is a pharmacist which it was that he got me and let you know. That is if you don't already know.

Regards from wet and windy Liverpool
 

alan

Member
>Many thanks. As the Epson dyes are water soluble and also contain glycols, I imagine that an alcohol or ethyl acetate (nail varnish remover) or even ethylene glycol (antifreeze!) would work, if plain water does not do it. It is interesting to note that PermaJect who market a continuous inking system include a hypodermic syringe with their kit. They are very reluctant to explain the possible use of this, but I imagine that it is for forcing fluid through the nozzles if all else fails. However, what happens at the bottom end? Does one feed blotting paper in to absorb it. Anyway, at present I am OK, having followed Lynn's good advice.

Alan
 
>>It is interesting to note that PermaJect who market a continuous inking system include a hypodermic syringe with their kit. They are very reluctant to explain the possible use of this, but I imagine that it is for forcing fluid through the nozzles if all else fails.

Alan,

With my 1280's continuos inking system (from
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), the syringe in combination with a little valve is used as a very effective air pump - it's like a miniature bicycle pump, except that it works in reverse. The first time you set it up, you use the syringe to draw the air out of each section of the cartridge through its attached tube, creating a vacuum, then cl& the end of the tube closed. When you connect the tubes to the ink bottles and release the cl&s, ink is sucked up the tubes and fills the cartridge. If you do it right and get enough air out, there will be no bubbles in the tubes or cartridge. After this point, because each cartidge section and tube is sealed and full of ink, the cartridge will continue to siphon new ink into itself as it prints, so it always stays completely full.

- Paul
 

jtaylor1477

New Member
and I cannot print a series of images without problems after the first couple. I seem to remember some discussion a while ago and I think that Lynn (writing4you) Loeffle had a simple solution with some cleaning fluid or typwriter ribbon. any help would be most welcome and please advise on how to get at the nozzles. Does one use a hypodermic syringe for ex&le?

Alan[/quote]


you can easily clean the heads with a proper procedure on how to do that. here are the procedure on how to clean the heads..


go to control panel
printer and other hardware
printers
get to printer properties
under maintenance tab, click clean printer heads
 

jtaylor1477

New Member
I am having a great deal to trouble with banding and smears of black ink when using my 1270. The heads need constant cleaning and I cannot print a series of images without problems after the first couple. I seem to remember some discussion a while ago and I think that Lynn (writing4you) Loeffle had a simple solution with some cleaning fluid or typwriter ribbon. any help would be most welcome and please advise on how to get at the nozzles. Does one use a hypodermic syringe for ex&le?

Alan

you can easily clean the heads with a proper procedure on how to do that. here are the procedure on how to clean the heads..


go to control panel
printer and other hardware
printers
get to printer properties
under maintence tab, click clean printer heads
 
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