Cleaning Your Capping Station

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Welcome to the Cleaning Your Capping Station Instruction Page!
This action fixes a large majority of problems, from air pockets to dried ink knots. Best of all, it uses little to no ink at all to do! 


What we'll need:

  • A small flathead screwdriver (or something small enough to fit in the door sensor hole temporarily)
  • Syringe or Dropper
  • Distilled water (preferably hot) 
  • A lint free cloth (such as an eyeglass cleaner)


Now then, to start:

  1. With the printer powered off, open the top cover, and locate the print head. 
  2. Using the small flathead screwdriver or something small enough to fit in the sensor slot, gently press down on the door sensor to hold it in place. (We're going to trick the printer here into thinking the lid is closed)
  3. Power on the printer, and when the print head begins to move, remove the power cable when the print head has traversed ½ to ¾ of the way.
  4. With a syringe or dropper, use steaming hot distilled water to fill the capping reservoirs and dab with a lint-free cloth a few times until the area is clean
  5. After dabbing with a lint-free cloth, fill the reservoirs again and slide the print head slowly over the capping station. 
  6. Power the printer on and run a Head-Cleaning cycle for both heads.  Repeat up to 3 times if necessary. 

Note: The key here is that we want the water to be able to run freely through. If you put the droplets in and they don't drain, there's a clog there that needs whittled down. Sometimes this takes a few steps in between.

Be patient! Remember, stubborn clogs can take time.