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Cleaning the Print Head

Clean the print head if the nozzle check pattern has missing lines or horizontal white streaks. Cleaning unclogs nozzles and restores the print head to a better condition. However, because print head cleaning consumes ink, this operation is advisable only when necessary.


  • Cleaning can also be performed from a computer. When using a computer, you can also select the ink group for cleaning.

  • Cleaning from the operation panel cleans all print head colors.

What you will need: one sheet of A4 or Letter-sized plain paper

  1. Make sure the machine is on.

  2. Flick the HOME screen, and then tap Setup.

    The setup menu screen is displayed.

  3. Tap Maintenance.

    The Maintenance screen is displayed.

  4. Tap Cleaning.

    A confirmation screen is displayed.

  5. Tap Yes.

    The machine now starts cleaning the print head.

    Do not perform any other operations until print head cleaning is finished. Cleaning will take about 2 minutes.

    Afterward, a confirmation screen is displayed for printing a nozzle check pattern.

  6. Load a sheet of A4 or Letter-sized plain paper in the cassette.


    • The screen for registering page size and media type is not displayed during any of the operations available in the Maintenance screen. Therefore, printing will be executed even if paper other than A4 or Letter-sized plain paper is loaded.
  7. Pull out the output tray extension and open the paper output support.

  8. Tap Yes.

    The nozzle check pattern is now printed.

  9. Examine the nozzle check pattern.