Cleaning the Printhead (iPF6400S/iPF8400S)
Article ID: ART115493 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 10/30/2015


Cleaning the Printhead (iPF6400S/iPF8400S)


If printing is faint, cleaning the Printhead may improve results.
Choose one of two Printhead cleaning modes ( Head Cleaning A or Head Cleaning B ), depending on the problem to resolve.
  • Head Cleaning A
Use this mode if printing is faint or contains foreign substances. This method of cleaning consumes the least amount of ink.
It takes about six minutes to complete.
  • Head Cleaning B
Use this mode if no ink is ejected at all, or if Head Cleaning A does not solve the problem.
It takes about seven minutes to complete.
  • Do not remove the Maintenance Cartridge or ink tanks during either Head Cleaning A or Head Cleaning B.
Ink may leak or an error may occur.
  • If printing does not improve even if you execute Head Cleaning B, try repeating Head Cleaning B once or twice. If this still does not improve printing, the Printhead may have reached the end of its useful life. Contact your Canon dealer for assistance.
  • By default, nozzles are checked at fixed intervals.
Configure the settings on the Control Panel menu in Nozzle Check.

Perform cleaning as follows.

1. On the Tab Selection screen of the Control Panel, press or to select the Settings/Adj. tab ( ).

  • If the Tab Selection screen is not displayed, press the Menu button.

2. Press the OK button.
    The Set./Adj. Menu is displayed.

3. Press or to select Maintenance, and then press the OK button.

4. Press or to select Head Cleaning, and then press the OK button.

5. Press or to select Head Cleaning A or Head Cleaning B, and then press the OK button.
    Head cleaning is now executed.

6. Print a test pattern to check the nozzles, and determine whether cleaning has cleared the nozzles.