Is your Canon inkjet printer malfunctioning with blurred, streaked printouts? Before throwing in the towel and forking out hundreds of dollars in repair costs, it may be time to run a print head cleaning.
While some printer models have automatic and manual cleaning modes, the same does not apply to all printers. Fortunately, Canon inkjet printers have a program that lets you run a print head cleaning from the printer or your computer. Here are the steps to follow:
Print Head Cleaning from a Canon Printer
1. Turn the printer on and ensure it is connected to your computer.
2. Load the printer with plain paper.
3. Go to the printer’s control panel and press the “Settings” button.
4. Use the directional pad and navigate to the maintenance menu.
5. Use the same directional pad and highlight the “Clean Print Head” option.
6. Press “OK” to confirm your selection.
7. The printer will take some minutes to run the cleaning process. Do not switch off the printer during this time.
8. After the cleaning process is complete, the printer will print a test page to determine if the issue has been resolved.
Print Head Cleaning from a Mac Computer
1. Ensure that the printer is connected to the Mac computer.
2. Open the “Apple” menu and select “System Preferences.”
3. Pick “Printers and Scanners.”
4. On the left panel, pick your Canon inkjet printer.
5. Click on the “Options and Supplies” button.
6. Pick the “Utility” option.
7. Hit the “Open Printer Utility” button.
8. Under the maintenance tab, choose the “Cleaning” feature.
9. Wait for the process to complete.
10. Print a test page to confirm if the issue has been resolved.
Print Head Cleaning from a Windows Computer
1. Ensure that the printer is connected to the Windows computer.
2. Click on the “Start” button and choose “Control Panel.”
3. Navigate to “Devices and Printers” and pick your Canon inkjet printer.
4. Pick “Properties,” then click on the “Maintenance” tab.
5. Hit the “Cleaning” button.
6. Wait for the process to complete.
7. Print a test page to confirm if the issue has been resolved.
Running a print head cleaning is an essential maintenance task for any Canon inkjet printer owner. It helps maintain the printer, ensures that it runs smoothly, and reduces the need for costly repairs. With this guide, you can clean your printer’s print head from the control panel, Mac or Windows computer. If, however, your printer issue persists, you can consider reaching out to a printing professional or printer manufacturer’s customer service.