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Printhead And Interconnect Care; Inserting And Removing The Print Cartidge; Wiping - HP C Maintenance Manual

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3. PRINTHEAD AND INTERCONNECT CARE

3.1 Inserting and Removing the Print Cartridge
The print cartridge should stay in the carriage at all times except when the
operator is
The print cartridge should never be:
Watch Out!
Shaking the print cartridge does NOT "mix" up the ink and hitting the cartridge
against a hard surface does NOT clear the nozzles. Both of these actions actually
hurt the print quality because they allow bubbles to form near the ink firing
chambers. These bubbles prevent the nozzles from firing causing white streaks in
print and images.

3.2 Wiping

The secret to good print output is the maintenance of the printhead. During
printing, ink can build up on the printhead causing black or colored spray in the
text. Paper fibers and dust can also build up on the printhead degrading the print
quality. Proper printhead maintenance will allow the cartridge to produce good
print quality its whole life. A cotton TexWipe
is one of the best ways to wipe ink and other build- up off of the printhead. A
®
TexWipe
Contact information to order TexWipes is located at the end of this document.
Something comparable is adequate to wipe the nozzles. A good choice of wipe
would have the following qualities:
A cloth should NOT be:
Watch Out!
Replacing it
Cleaning it
Storing it
Shaken
Dropped
Hit against the palm of one's hand or any other hard surface (e.g. a
table)
is a 100% cotton, high-density cloth with no chemical additives.
Soft
Fiberless
No chemical additives
Moist with De- ionized or Distilled Water
Abrasive
Dry
Made of small fibers that can be left behind on the cartridge's nozzle
plate
®
and de- ionized or distilled water
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