How to Clean HP Printhead?
When your printer starts producing random smudges and lines in the print results, it’s a symptom that signals clogged print head nozzles and that a printer head cleaning is needed to fix the issue. This guide will show you how to clean the printhead of your HP printer.
Method 1: Manually Clean HP Printer Printheads
A dirty printhead will affect the contact from the print cartridge to the printer and possibly prevent printing. Many printers allow you to clean the printheads automatically, but you can also manually clean the printheads.
- Open the top cover and wait two to three seconds.
- Unplug the cord from the back of the printer and then unplug the other end of the cord from the wall.
- Turning off the printer this way keeps the print cartridges in a location you can reach.
- Lift the printhead latch, which houses the print cartridges, and pull the printhead out of the slot.
- Wipe the contact pads on the printhead with a dry, soft, lint-free cloth.
- Do not wipe the nozzles on the underside of the printhead because this can cause damage.
- Dip the cloth in distilled, filtered, or bottled water and wipe the contact pads again if ink residue still remains.
- Put the printhead on a sheet of paper or paper towel, making sure the nozzles don’t touch the paper.
- Clean the contact points in the printhead slot with the cloth and allow everything to dry for five minutes.
- Plug the power cord back into the wall and then the other end back into the printer.
- At this point, the control panel should show that a printhead is missing.
- Put the printhead back in the correct slot and press down firmly to make sure it is in place.
- Shut the printhead latch, applying some pressure to make sure the latch is engaged.
- Close the printer cover. The printer will initialize the printheads.
Method 2: Clean HP Printer Printheads on Windows
- Press Win + I keys to open Settings. On the left pane, click on Bluetooth & devices.
- Next, select Printers & scanners.
- In the list of printers, select the printer whose printhead you want to clean.
- Then, click on Printing preferences.
- In the printing preferences window, click on the Maintenance tab.
- From there, you should be able to see the cleaning options such as “Head Cleaning“, “Cleaning” or “Deep Cleaning” depending on what printer you have. Click on the Cleaning option.
- Depending on what printer you have, you may be asked to select the ink group you want to clean. Select an ink group and click Execute to proceed. If you’re not sure which ink group you should clean, you should run a nozzle check first.
- You will then be led through a series of on-screen instructions to complete the print head cleaning.
Method 3: Clean HP Printer Printheads on Mac
- Click the Apple logo to open the Apple menu.
- Click on System Preferences from the drop-down list.
- Now select the Printers and Scanners
- Select printer from the list on the left side to run the self-cleaning.
- Find and click on Options & Supplies
- Go to Utilities tab at the top of the page.
- Now click on Open Printer Utility
- Select the Printhead Cleaning option to run the cleaning.
- Follow any on-screen prompts. If prompted to do or click anything during the cleaning process, do so. Otherwise, your printer should clean itself, after which point you can resume printing your documents.
The given methods helped you in resolving the clogged printhead problem. To avoid this situation, you should use your printer at least once a week for maintenance and cleaning purposes.