How to Clean Your Clogged HP Ink Cartridges

Did you have trouble printing only to find that your HP ink cartridges are clogged? Clogged cartridges occur for several reasons including layer after layer of ink building up and drying resulting in the ink head getting clogged, or not using your printer for a while (if you’re away on a long vacation for example) and finding clogged ink cartridges when you return.

There are a few things you can do at home or at the office to get your cartridges to print smoothly again.

Here are step by step instructions to clean your HP ink cartridges:

1. Switch off your printer and unplug the power cord.

2. Remove the ink cartridges from your printer. You might have one tri-colour cartridge including a black cartridge or you might have individual colours – cyan, magenta and yellow. If you’re unsure how to remove your printer ink cartridges check your printer manual.

3. Have a paper towel or old cloth on hand that can be disposed. Place your ink cartridges on either and wipe with another dry cloth.

4. Now find the copper circuit board and clean it using a cotton ball that’s been dampened lightly. Don’t try and clean the ink nozzles.

5. Let the cartridges dry and then place them back in your printer.

Another way to clean your HP ink cartridges or inkjet cartridges of any other brand is to use isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol consists of 1/3 alcohol and 2/3 water. Soak a sponge or cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol and use it to clean the copper circuit heads.

You might find that using a swab or cloth dampened in warm water might be enough to do the trick. Keep wiping (without too much firm pressure) until you start noticing colour or black ink on your swab, depending on the cartridge you are cleaning. This should tell you that your cartridge is ready for use.

Make sure to use a clean cloth or clean sponge for all of your ink cartridge cleaning as using a soiled cloth or swab can cause dirt and other particles to enter the cartridge and do more harm than good.

Cleaning your ink cartridges occasionally is a good idea to prevent layers of ink build up and keep your HP cartridges running as good as new.  Clogged cartridges tend to waste ink and result in poor performance.

If you’re unsure about why your ink cartridges aren’t functioning as they should head over to your nearest trusted ink refiller and they’ll able to help to help you out.