How to Clean the Head of a HP Officejet K7100

Written by sarah hulslander
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The heads on most printers are notorious for accumulating dried, gummy ink. The result: streaks, dollops and smudges of ink on anything that comes out of the printer. The Officejet K7100 model, manufactured by Hewlett-Packard, is a photo printer susceptible to this issue just as much as any other printer. While the printer software has a "clean" feature on it that might help tidy the heads, in most instances the best way to clean a photo printer is to manually take out the heads and clean them yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Plastic gloves
  • Rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Put plastic gloves on your hands to keep ink from getting on your skin. Cleaning the heads of most printers can prove to be a messy process.

  2. 2

    Carefully take the ink cartridges out of the printer.

  3. 3

    Pour a small amount of the rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner onto a paper towel that has been folded twice. It needs to be moderately moist.

  4. 4

    Wipe the bottom of the cartridge -- the area containing the print head--onto the moist paper towel. Repeat the wiping process until all gummy ink is gone and the head is clean. Clean ink will flow from the ink head.

  5. 5

    Replace the ink cartridge in the printer.

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