How to Clean a Kodak 5500 Series MFC Printer Head

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How to Clean a Kodak 5500 Series MFC Printer Head
A dirty printer head can cause splotchy prints. (3 Detailed Splats image by Andrew Brown from

The Kodak 5500 Series MFC printer is an inkjet printer, meaning it uses liquid ink that is sprayed onto the paper as it passes through the machine. The nozzles that spray the ink onto the page are located in the printer head of the machine. Over time, the ink nozzles may become partially clogged with dried ink. Splotchy printing, or sections of text or images missing, are indications that the printer head needs to be cleaned.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Turn on the printer by briefly pressing the power button. Wait for the printer to finish its warm-up process before proceeding.

  2. 2

    Press the "Menu" button on the front of the printer, which will display the main menu on the printer's display screen. Press the down button on the printer's control panel until the option "Clean Printhead" is highlighted. Press the "Ok" button on the control panel. Use the arrows to select "Basic Clean" and press "Ok" once more.

  3. 3

    Wait as the printer cleans the printer head, which can take several minutes. When the process is done, print a document to see how it prints. If there are still print quality issues, go back through the menu on the printer's display until you reach the "Clean Printhead" option. After pressing the "Ok" button, select "Deep Clean." The printer will clean the printer head more extensively.

Tips and warnings

  • Cleaning the printer head uses up ink, so do not clean the printer head unless necessary.

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