I have a canon mx700 from icing images. It worked great last October. Then I didn't use it for a while, so I put all the ink cartridges up in ziplock bags, cleaned the print head the way I had been instructed to do and set it aside.
In Jan. I got everything out and the darn thing printed lines all over the images and I had to pay another local shop to print up the images I needed.
So they said I needed a new print head probably. I just noticed online today that different places sell steamers to clean print heads. I own a shark cleaner (to clean house with) so what the heck... I tried it, and you know what?! IT WORKED! It got a ton of junk out of there and now it prints without lines everywhere! However the ink has now dried up/been used up on print tests trying to fix it, so I just ordered more. I hope it all works for my brother's 60th birthday cake!!!
Great save! Good luck on your brother's cake.
The steam cleaners are great. I have customers send me printheads to revive and I have revived the oldest of clogs! If the steamer cant fix it....nothing can! We highly recommend that you print at least once per week to avoid having to use steamers or special cleaning methods, but if you dont, I also highly recommend steaming your printhead.
Can you please explain how you clean the printhead with a steamer?
I soak mine with our non toxic printhead cleaner. Then dry it out and steam the printhead (outside the machine). I put the printhead nozzle directly on the printhead nozzles and blow it through then turn the printhead over and clean the bottom. I let it cool and then try run 2 cleaning cycles and a nozzle check. If it is going to work, it will within doing this twice. I havent had one I couldnt fix....yet!
Yep.. steamers are just great for anything!