How to Clean Brother Printer Heads that use inkjet technology are, like every other inkjet printer, prone to clogging. If you have not used your printer for an extended period, a lot of small holes that make up the modern inkjet printers head can become clogged with dried ink. Clogged printer heads affect the quality of the printing job and can eventually cause damage to the printer. That is why it is essential to clean out the clogged printer heads.
How to Clean Brother Printer Heads
Most inkjet printers have some automatic utility program with which you can instruct the printer to go through a self-cleaning cycle. Several cleanings, in succession, will usually take care of the clogged printer head. The cleaning cycle repeats itself several times and consumes a large amount of ink during this process – as much as 10-25% of the ink cartridge.
If the self-cleaning cycle does not solve the problem, try turning the printer off overnight to allow the ink to soften. Turn the printer on the next day and try to print a test pattern to see if the problem has either disappeared or become less visible. This ink-saving procedure can work effectively because sometimes the dried ink on the printer head needs time to soften before you can clean the printer head. Try to rerun the self-cleaning utility once or twice.
Steps for Manually Cleaning the Brother Printer Heads
To successfully clean the brother printer head manually, you will need some necessary supplies.
- Get a bottle of water and a lint-free cloth or paper towel.
- Make sure the printer is off and unplugged to prevent damage to the device and yourself.
- Open the printer; find and remove the cartridges.
- Remove the tray the cartridges sitting in – this is the printer head unit. It will have several holes in the bottom.
- Some models of printers will have the printer head on the cartridge. If this is the case, you will not have to clean the tray. So, go to step 5 and 6.
- Dampen the cloth with water.
- Gently brush it over the foil, the electrical contact area with a damp cloth until no new ink shows up on the fabric. Remove all dried ink debris from the printer head contacts, edges, and ramps. Make sure you clean the electrical contacts in the printer.
- If you have removed the printer head unit, soak in a bowl of shallow water for about five minutes. It will loosen the dried ink. Dab the printer head unit on a paper towel and remove the ink and moisture. Make sure it is dry before inserting it into the printer.
- Once everything is cleaned and back in place, do nozzle check to see the quality of the printing.
If you have been struggling with poor printouts and your printer head required cleaning, these tips will help you get the job done. If your ink needs replacing, be sure to check out the range of ink cartridges–with both branded and compatible available to cater to every budget.