How to Clean a Canon Printer Cartridge

Written by emily mcnair
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Canon is one of the most common brands of printers in use. To ensure that your Canon printer is performing to the best of its abilities, it is necessary to perform occasional maintenance on it. Sometimes the ink cartridges can get dirty and clogged and cause poor printing output. To remedy this problem, you can carefully clean the cartridges yourself to boost your printer's performance. When cleaning cartridges yourself, be cautious to prevent any damage to the printer or cartridges.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Cotton swabs
  • Rag

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  1. 1

    Unplug your Canon printer from its power source.

  2. 2

    Set your printer on a level surface, locate the cartridges and remove them according to the manufacturer instructions. Set the cartridges on your rag. The rag will catch any ink that may drip from the cartridge during the cleaning process.

  3. 3

    Locate the copper-coloured circuitry strip on one of the cartridges. This strip is generally located on the back of the cartridge. Gently clean this area using a damp cotton swab. Ensure that you do not have too much moisture on the swab---if the swab is dripping any water, it is too wet.

  4. 4

    Locate the carriage contacts on the ink cartridge and clean this area as well. Using your paper towel, remove any excess moisture that may have collected on the cartridge during the cleaning process.

  5. 5

    Repeat Steps 3 through 4 for each remaining cartridge. Reinstall the cartridges in your Canon printer, and then plug the printer back into its power source. Do a test run by printing a document to check the performance of the printer. If performance has not improved you may want to consider replacing the cartridges.

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