If printing is faint, cleaning the Printhead may improve results.
Choose one of two types of Printhead cleaning ( Head Cleaning A or Head Cleaning B ), depending on the problem
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 four 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 ﬁ ve
minutes to complete.
Do not remove the Maintenance Cartridge or ink tanks during either Head Cleaning A or Head Cleaning B .
If printing does not improve after 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
Nozzles are periodically checked to ensure they are clear. Conﬁ gure the setting for the checking interval on the
Control Panel menu in Nozzle Check .
, Menu Map)
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.
Press the OK button.
The Set./Adj. Menu is displayed.
Press ▲ or ▼ to select Maintenance , and then press the
Press ▲ or ▼ to select Head Cleaning , and then press
the OK button.
Press ▲ or ▼ to select Head Cleaning A or Head
Cleaning B , and then press the OK button.
Head cleaning is now executed.
Print a test pattern to check the nozzles, and determine
whether cleaning has cleared the nozzles.
(→"Checking for Nozzle Clogging," User Manual)
If Printing is Faint
Clean the printhead as follows.