Getting streaks of excess ink on your prints? This usually indicates that your printer needs a little maintenance. Keeping up with the maintenance of your printer and keeping it clean allows your printer to have a longer lifespan and serve you better.
Lift the lid on your printer. You’ll see that there is a row of small white wheels that look as though they have spokes. Using a dry paper towel, go over these wheels until no ink comes up. The wheels are circled above with the pink circle.
Above those are longer, flat gray rollers that help with feeding the film as well. These are circled with the yellow circle. Clean these as well. Over the course of printing, ink can start to build up in the nooks, so it’s always good to go in and clean where you can. Ink can even collect on the black strip that runs horizontally. This is the path that the print head takes going left and right. If the print head picks up a lot of excess ink, it can be dropped in this area.
The capping station circled above, collects excess ink from the print head. As you print, the print head can start picking the ink back up and you’ll need to clean the capping station. To access the capping station, do the following:
1. Hit the ink button on the printer to have the print head move to the area where you can remove the cartridges but do not remove them.
2. With your hand, move the print head to the left as shown above. THIS WILL NOT HARM THE PRINTER.
3. Using a dry paper towel, dab the capping station until no ink comes up. The capping station does have a little movement to it. Lightly dab it.
4. Once all ink has been cleaned, hit the ink button to send the print head back to “home” on the right of the printer. The power light will go solid when this happens.
See the attached PDF.