If your HP Printer is taking care of all your printing needs regularly then it’s your duty to keep your printers and scanners working at optimal levels for longer by giving them regular cleanings.
It is mandatory to perform frequent maintenance to keep your printer’s printouts clear and sharp always; because over time, dust and dried ink can block the ink nozzles and cause HP printer paper jam issues, print alignment issues on HP Printer and even blank spaces on the printer’s print paper.
Not only these issues, by cleaning the HP printer regularly, but you can also avoid a long list of common HP Printer Errors such as Error Code 10, Error Code 11, Error Code 12, and Error Code 13, etc.
You can clean your printer either automatically or manually based on the nature of the problem. Both ways are effective in cleaning the HP Printer and it totally depends on you which method you choose to clean your HP Printer regularly.
Automatic Cleaning HP Printer Process:
If your printer also isn’t printing as it used to earlier and you’re left with incomplete or streaky print jobs, don’t worry! Fortunately, HP printers come with an in-built cleaning function.
This in-built cleaning function or you can say the printer’s self-cleaning mechanism is the simplest way to clean a blocked printer. Although, this mechanism works well for lightly blocked printer heads; this method is less effective and useful for the older cartridge and inkjet printers. Then also, one can use it because it is considered effective during the earlier cleaning stages.
However, the method is present with the modern printers also but the process of activation might differ from printer’s one brand to another brand in a way that some have a button on the body of the printer which you can press to start the self-cleaning process. On the other hand, rests have the command option inside the printer’s software. And, in this case, you’ll have to perform a few steps such as; you’ve to open the ‘Properties’ tab in the ‘Control Panel’ of your specific printer.
How To Clean The HP Printer Through Self-Cleaning Mechanism Process?
You can easily start with the automatic cleaning process for your printer right from your computer with the correct software. But it differs for both Windows and Mac users in a below-given way:
The automatic cleaning process for WINDOWS:
- Go to the menu on Windows to select “DEVICES & PRINTERS” below the control panel from the start menu.
- Then, click right on the printer which you want to access to select one from the “PREFERENCES OR PROPERTIES.”
- In that select “HARDWARE OR MAINTENANCE”
- After selecting you’ll encounter several options available for cleaning HP Printer.
Automatic cleaning process for MAC:
- Go to Apple’s “MENU” to select “PREFERENCES”
- Then in that tab, select “PRINTERS & SCANNERS.”
- Make sure to choose the printer you’re working with and then,
- Click “OPTIONS & SUPPLIES” > then select “UTILITY” > after that open “PRINTER UTILITY” > and at last choose the “CLEANING” option to clean the HP Printer.
Along with that, you can also clean your printer using HP Solution Center. Just follow these steps:
- Open ‘HP Solution Center’
- Click ‘Start or Window Icon’ to choose ‘All Programs’ then click ‘HP’ and then choose ‘HP Solution Center’
- After that click ‘Settings’ and ‘Printer Toolbox’ to open it.
- Click the ‘Device Services’ and ‘Clean Print heads’ tab to begin the cleaning process.
How to do Manual Cleaning of HP Printer?
Even though HP Deskjet printers have a built-in process that cleans dried ink from inside the cartridges; but, if you still notice ink streaks after printing, then you’ll have to manually clean your HP Printer, instead of going for a costly fix or replacement.
Manually running the printer and Scanner cleaning process can work wonders, especially when there’s high printer usage. So, for manually cleaning the HP Printer, you need to perform the below-mentioned steps:
The Manual Cleaning Process For Printers:
- Lift the cover of the printer’s panel, turn on the HP Printer and unplug the power cord as soon as the ink cartridges move to the center of the printer.
- Take out the ink cartridges one at a time and set them wide side down on a piece of paper. Then clean the edges around the nozzle plates on the bottom of the ink cartridges using water/alcohol and a cotton swab. Make sure to not touch the copper contacts or the nozzle plates with the cotton swabs.
- Also, clean the ink cartridge cradle inside the printer with clean cotton swabs. Even remove the print head unit and swab any accumulated gunk on the unit, before putting them back.
- Remember to allow the ink cartridges and cradle to dry completely before replacing the cartridges into the printer.
- After that do a print test to make sure the cleaning process was successful, and to ensure that the cartridges were reinstalled properly.
The Manual Cleaning Process For Scanners:
- Cleaning a scanner is fairly easy, as all you need is a microfiber cloth and a glass cleaner to clean it.
- In the first place, you have to turn off your scanner by unplugging the power cord.
- Then, wide down the underside of the scanner lid and its glass using the same microfiber cloth
- If still, you see any smudges or residue on the glass, then wipe it down with a bit of glass cleaner again.
- Make sure to completely wipe away the remaining moisture using the dry microfiber cloth.
That’s it! Your scanner is cleaned now.
In future, whenever you face such printer and scanner cleaning problems with your HP Printer, you can always refer to these tips and guides to easily clean your HP Printer. This will save your time, energy and bring your peace of mind back again.