How to Clean a Epson Stylus Color 1160 Cartridge

Written by steven symes
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The Epson Stylus Color 1160 uses liquid ink contained in cartridges inside the machine. These cartridges contain printer heads or an array of tiny print nozzles that spray the liquid ink onto paper as it passes through the printer. Sometimes the ink droplets dry in the print nozzles, creating a partial blockage. This blockage can cause spotty or faded print quality with the Stylus Color 1160. The printer is equipped with the means the clean the print cartridges itself, after you go through a simple procedure in the printer's software on the computer.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Turn on the Stylus Color 1160 and allow it to perform its warm up process. Turn on the attached computer and start up the operating system.

  2. 2

    Check that the ink lights for both the black and colour ink cartridges are not illuminated. Open the printer's software by clicking on "Start" then "All Programs" and the "Epson" folder.

  3. 3

    Click on the tab called "Utility" in the printer's software. Find and click on the button labelled "Head Cleaning." The printer's software will give you on-screen instructions to perform the printer head cleaning. These instructions can vary depending on your computer's operating system.

  4. 4

    Wait as the printer cleans the printer head. The power button's light will flash and the printer will make noise for about 30 seconds. Do not turn the print off during the cleaning process, since doing so can damage the printer.

  5. 5

    Print a test page after the cleaning process is complete. Click on the button labelled "Print Nozzle Check Pattern" in the printer's software window. Analyse the page that prints out to make sure the print cartridge is completely clean. If there are still print quality problems, perform another printer head cleaning.

Tips and warnings

  • If after cleaning the ink cartridges four or five times, the printer still has print quality problems, allow the printer to sit overnight before you perform another cleaning.

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