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Soaking the head

Discussion in 'Mutoh' started by Valentino, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Valentino

    Valentino Active Member

    Jan 16, 2007
    I'm not stranger to soaking the print head, but I've read a few posts about it and have some questions....

    I see a lot of people say that a lint free cloth or coffee filter works best, and then place the cleaning fluid on top... with periodically checking to rewet.

    My capping station doesn't require a cloth because the cleaning fluid will pool until a cleaning cycle is initiated. Is this normal? or should the fluid run through the minute I unpark?

    For those who use a cloth, is the cloth supposed to be folded over to allow it to touch the printhead? or should just the liquid be touching the printhead?

    How long do fellow Valuejet owners soak their print heads? I've had issues with yellow contaminating... but I am missing 15 black nozzles (5 to 8 are miss firing) and I might just have to print blocks of yellow to clean that out.
  2. OlsonSigns601

    OlsonSigns601 Member

    Jul 23, 2011
    I don't soak my head often but when I do I...

    I Use a clamp to crimp the tube coming out of the flushing station.

    I then proceed to fill the flushing station with cleaning fluid.

    Next I take a lint free cloth and fold it over until it is thick enough to fill any void of space between the head and the flushing station. The cloth will then become saturated in fluid and should stay wet for several hours.

    Could be just me but I also keep the printer unplugged while I do this and I'm very careful not to spill any of the fluid or overfill the station.
  3. Stealth Ryder

    Stealth Ryder Very Active Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Very good advice...
  4. Tel

    Tel Member

    Apr 29, 2009
    Northern Ireland
    If the fluid is pooling in your capping station check the pipes below the station that go to the waste bottle, we have found the ink congealed in these pipes either clean or replace the pipes. you will have to remove the metal cover plate underneath the capping station, our advice is don't replace the cover it makes it easier to keep an eye on these pipes and also to clean up any spilled or splahed ink. To prevent the ink congealing in the waste pipes we put cleaning fluid on the capping station a couple of times a week to soak through it and down the pipes. We soak the head for 30 minutes at least when we do it.
    Hope this helps

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