Other ways to Clean Heads on Epson 740?

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Hi,

I have an Epson 740 which is getting on a bit now.

It still prints fine with one exception: the magenta print head is slightly
blocked, this leads to a streakiness in the print. I have tried using the
"clean print head" many, many times, but it can't seem to unblock it.

Can anyone recommend a stronger method of cleaning? I seem to remember
reading something about cotton buds and boiling water a while back, if
anyone knows a link for an alternative process, it would be much
appreciated.

Thanks!

Joel
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  1. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    post a valid email and i can send you a word document on how to clean the
    epson 740...i've cleaned dozens of non-working printers using this method.

    i tried posting the file here and it exceeds the file size allwed in this
    n.g.

    jay cee
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    "Jay Cee" <no@spam.please> wrote in message
    news:cel9os$dd7$1@nntp-stjh-01-01.rogers.nf.net...
    | post a valid email and i can send you a word document on how to clean the
    | epson 740...i've cleaned dozens of non-working printers using this method.
    |
    | i tried posting the file here and it exceeds the file size allowed in this
    | n.g.

    I'd be interested as well.

    brother_rabbit @ hotmail . com
  3. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    On Mon, 2 Aug 2004 09:19:49 -0230, "Jay Cee" <no@spam.please> wrote:

    >post a valid email and i can send you a word document on how to clean the
    >epson 740...i've cleaned dozens of non-working printers using this method.
    >
    >i tried posting the file here and it exceeds the file size allwed in this
    >n.g.

    Can't you split it and post it as "part 1", "part 2", etc ?
  4. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    cheers JC

    ukbloke28@hotmail.com


    "Jay Cee" <no@spam.please> wrote in message
    news:cel9os$dd7$1@nntp-stjh-01-01.rogers.nf.net...
    > post a valid email and i can send you a word document on how to clean the
    > epson 740...i've cleaned dozens of non-working printers using this method.
    >
    > i tried posting the file here and it exceeds the file size allwed in this
    > n.g.
    >
    > jay cee
    >
    >
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    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

    Delivery to the following recipients failed.

    ukbloke28@hotmail.com
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    agh

    sorry JC, must be hotmail acting up again. There is plenty of space and the
    account is active.

    Could you send it here instead: shok1(at)bboy(dot)zzn(dot)com

    thanks!


    "Jay Cee" <no@spam.please> wrote in message
    news:cem0pb$k64$1@nntp-stjh-01-01.rogers.nf.net...
    > This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.
    >
    > Delivery to the following recipients failed.
    >
    > ukbloke28@hotmail.com
    >
    >
    >
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    If you contact me via private email, I will send you my free Epson
    Cleaning Manual which works the vast majority of times, especially with
    dye ink Epson printers. The procedure uses household ingredients under
    a dollar in cost.

    The manual is free.

    Art


    J wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > I have an Epson 740 which is getting on a bit now.
    >
    > It still prints fine with one exception: the magenta print head is slightly
    > blocked, this leads to a streakiness in the print. I have tried using the
    > "clean print head" many, many times, but it can't seem to unblock it.
    >
    > Can anyone recommend a stronger method of cleaning? I seem to remember
    > reading something about cotton buds and boiling water a while back, if
    > anyone knows a link for an alternative process, it would be much
    > appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Joel
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    Hi Jay Cee,

    I'd like a copy of your 740 cleaning technique, if you'd send it to my
    email address (above).

    Thanks,

    Danielle


    Not Me wrote:

    > "Jay Cee" <no@spam.please> wrote in message
    > news:cel9os$dd7$1@nntp-stjh-01-01.rogers.nf.net...
    > | post a valid email and i can send you a word document on how to clean the
    > | epson 740...i've cleaned dozens of non-working printers using this method.
    > |
    > | i tried posting the file here and it exceeds the file size allowed in this
    > | n.g.
    >
    > I'd be interested as well.
    >
    > brother_rabbit @ hotmail . com
    >
    >
  9. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    On Wed, 04 Aug 2004 05:10:08 GMT, Danielle Laferriere <danlafer@telus.net>
    wrote:

    >Hi Jay Cee,
    >
    >I'd like a copy of your 740 cleaning technique, if you'd send it to my
    >email address (above).
    >
    >Thanks,
    >
    >Danielle
    >
    >
    >Not Me wrote:
    >
    >> "Jay Cee" <no@spam.please> wrote in message
    >> news:cel9os$dd7$1@nntp-stjh-01-01.rogers.nf.net...
    >> | post a valid email and i can send you a word document on how to clean the
    >> | epson 740...i've cleaned dozens of non-working printers using this method.
    >> |
    >> | i tried posting the file here and it exceeds the file size allowed in this
    >> | n.g.
    >>
    >> I'd be interested as well.
    >>
    >> brother_rabbit @ hotmail . com
    >>
    >>


    This is the Real Way


    http://www.inkjetart.com/tips/cleaning/Image01.html


    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (George Carlin)
  10. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    > This is the Real Way
    >
    >
    > http://www.inkjetart.com/tips/cleaning/Image01.html


    .... except that Epson say not to use alcohol at any cost.

    Does anyone know what the active constituents are in the official cleaning
    fluid?

    J
  11. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    On Thu, 5 Aug 2004 00:32:23 +0000 (UTC), "J" <ukbloke28@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >
    >> This is the Real Way
    >>
    >>
    >> http://www.inkjetart.com/tips/cleaning/Image01.html
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >... except that Epson say not to use alcohol at any cost.
    >
    >Does anyone know what the active constituents are in the official cleaning
    >fluid?
    >
    >J


    Its Isopropyl you dick head, I use a Spray and Wipe stuff to soak the head
    in, just enough to wet the face of the print head and let it soak for a few
    hours then do it again the do it the same with luke war water twice, then
    clean the head off with tissues, also a damp cloth to clean the parking
    station.,..


    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (George Carlin)
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    There is little more annoying than a Sophomore.

    The term comes form the Greek "sophos" meaning a sage or wise person,
    and "more" meaning fool.

    In other words, a wise fool... used in the second year of a secondary
    education or university education to symbolize how a little knowledge is
    a dangerous thing.

    You tend to claim you know a great deal, and that your knowledge is
    absolute but that's not the annoying part. It's your arrogance toward
    people who ask questions that turns your "knowledge" into a crude weapon.

    Isopropyl alcohol (often called rubbing alcohol) is not the main active
    component of "official cleaning fluid" (whatever "official cleaning
    fluid" is).

    Epson has a number of ink bases. Solvents which work to dissolve them
    include: water, isopropyl alcohol, glycols, ammonia (in low
    concentrations), and probably several others.

    By far, the best general cleaner that the average person can get hold of
    is a glycol ammonia mix, such as window cleaner. Adding some 75-99%
    isopropyl alcohol, up to about 30%, can work as a wetting agent, a
    drying agent and a solvent.

    Using higher concentrations can cause damage to some plastics and that
    may be why Epson doesn't recommend it (it's also potentially flammable).

    Epson uses some polymers in some of their inks which dissolve well in
    low concentrations of ammonia. Alcohol tend to dissolve them but can
    quickly redeposit them since it is so volatile.

    The world is not black or white, and your continual absolutes "this is
    the only correct way to do...." is often the sign of either a zealot or
    someone of still limited knowledge and experience.

    I think it is great that you want to be so helpful and I encourage it,
    but you needn't be insulting and arrogant with everyone who asks a
    reasonable question, or makes a statement or claim that doesn't fit your
    your current vision of the world.

    Art


    puss@purrpurr.com wrote:

    > On Thu, 5 Aug 2004 00:32:23 +0000 (UTC), "J" <ukbloke28@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>>This is the Real Way
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>http://www.inkjetart.com/tips/cleaning/Image01.html
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>... except that Epson say not to use alcohol at any cost.
    >>
    >>Does anyone know what the active constituents are in the official cleaning
    >>fluid?
    >>
    >>J
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Its Isopropyl you dick head, I use a Spray and Wipe stuff to soak the head
    > in, just enough to wet the face of the print head and let it soak for a few
    > hours then do it again the do it the same with luke war water twice, then
    > clean the head off with tissues, also a damp cloth to clean the parking
    > station.,..
    >
    >
    >
    > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (George Carlin)
  13. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    On Mon, 02 Aug 2004 09:19:49 -0230, Jay Cee wrote:

    > post a valid email and i can send you a word document on how to clean the
    > epson 740...i've cleaned dozens of non-working printers using this method.

    I´ll take one, thanks.

    Warren
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    <puss@purrpurr.com> wrote in message> Its Isopropyl you dick head, I use a
    Spray and Wipe stuff to soak the head
    > in, just enough to wet the face of the print head and let it soak for a
    few
    > hours then do it again the do it the same with luke war water twice, then
    > clean the head off with tissues, also a damp cloth to clean the parking
    > station.,..
    >
    >


    Oh great, another mouthy idiot who doesn't know what he's talking about and
    hurls random abuse. Amazing how hard people think they are when they are
    hiding behind a screen.
  15. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    I'm still waiting for mine, and it's been weeks...

    Could you let me know if you actually get anything from Jay Cee?

    Danielle


    Warren Post wrote:

    > On Mon, 02 Aug 2004 09:19:49 -0230, Jay Cee wrote:
    >
    >
    >>post a valid email and i can send you a word document on how to clean the
    >>epson 740...i've cleaned dozens of non-working printers using this method.
    >
    >
    > I´ll take one, thanks.
    >
    > Warren
  16. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    Thanks, Arthur, for the tips. I've been trying to find a way to bring some
    clogged cartridges back to life, and from what you suggest, it sounds like
    a combination of window cleaner and alcohol should work on most
    formulations. I have several Ebsons, a Lexmark z33, and a DeskJet 952c. The
    Lexmark and HP color cartridges seem to clog very quickly if not used
    regularly. Contrary to opinions I've read here, my Ebsons work like a
    dream -- I use two dollar refill cartridges from the Internet, and they've
    been working just fine for several years now. I'd buy another Epson before
    spending another $30 on a HP cartridge that will clog up in a month.

    Anyway, just for fun I'm going to try pouring a little cleaning solution
    into the HP cartridge, since applying it to the head hasn't helped so far.
    Nothing to lose, I suppose...

    Doug


    "Arthur Entlich" <artistic@telus.net> wrote in message
    news:4BIQc.51972$T_6.18095@edtnps89...
    > There is little more annoying than a Sophomore.
    >
    > The term comes form the Greek "sophos" meaning a sage or wise person,
    > and "more" meaning fool.
    >
    > In other words, a wise fool... used in the second year of a secondary
    > education or university education to symbolize how a little knowledge is
    > a dangerous thing.
    >
    > You tend to claim you know a great deal, and that your knowledge is
    > absolute but that's not the annoying part. It's your arrogance toward
    > people who ask questions that turns your "knowledge" into a crude weapon.
    >
    > Isopropyl alcohol (often called rubbing alcohol) is not the main active
    > component of "official cleaning fluid" (whatever "official cleaning
    > fluid" is).
    >
    > Epson has a number of ink bases. Solvents which work to dissolve them
    > include: water, isopropyl alcohol, glycols, ammonia (in low
    > concentrations), and probably several others.
    >
    > By far, the best general cleaner that the average person can get hold of
    > is a glycol ammonia mix, such as window cleaner. Adding some 75-99%
    > isopropyl alcohol, up to about 30%, can work as a wetting agent, a
    > drying agent and a solvent.
    >
    > Using higher concentrations can cause damage to some plastics and that
    > may be why Epson doesn't recommend it (it's also potentially flammable).
    >
    > Epson uses some polymers in some of their inks which dissolve well in
    > low concentrations of ammonia. Alcohol tend to dissolve them but can
    > quickly redeposit them since it is so volatile.
    >
    > The world is not black or white, and your continual absolutes "this is
    > the only correct way to do...." is often the sign of either a zealot or
    > someone of still limited knowledge and experience.
    >
    > I think it is great that you want to be so helpful and I encourage it,
    > but you needn't be insulting and arrogant with everyone who asks a
    > reasonable question, or makes a statement or claim that doesn't fit your
    > your current vision of the world.
    >
    > Art
    >
    >
    >
    > puss@purrpurr.com wrote:
    >
    > > On Thu, 5 Aug 2004 00:32:23 +0000 (UTC), "J" <ukbloke28@hotmail.com>
    wrote:
    > >
    > >
    > >>>This is the Real Way
    > >>>
    > >>>
    > >>>http://www.inkjetart.com/tips/cleaning/Image01.html
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>... except that Epson say not to use alcohol at any cost.
    > >>
    > >>Does anyone know what the active constituents are in the official
    cleaning
    > >>fluid?
    > >>
    > >>J
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > Its Isopropyl you dick head, I use a Spray and Wipe stuff to soak the
    head
    > > in, just enough to wet the face of the print head and let it soak for a
    few
    > > hours then do it again the do it the same with luke war water twice,
    then
    > > clean the head off with tissues, also a damp cloth to clean the parking
    > > station.,..
    > >
    > >
    > >
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    --------------------------
    > > Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the
    moments that take our breath away. (George Carlin)
    >
  17. Archived from groups: comp.periphs.printers (More info?)

    Doug wrote:

    > Thanks, Arthur, for the tips. I've been trying to find a way to bring some
    > clogged cartridges back to life, and from what you suggest, it sounds like
    > a combination of window cleaner and alcohol should work on most
    > formulations. I have several Ebsons, a Lexmark z33, and a DeskJet 952c. The
    > Lexmark and HP color cartridges seem to clog very quickly if not used
    > regularly. Contrary to opinions I've read here, my Ebsons work like a
    > dream -- I use two dollar refill cartridges from the Internet, and they've
    > been working just fine for several years now. I'd buy another Epson before
    > spending another $30 on a HP cartridge that will clog up in a month.
    >
    > Anyway, just for fun I'm going to try pouring a little cleaning solution
    > into the HP cartridge, since applying it to the head hasn't helped so far.
    > Nothing to lose, I suppose...
    >
    > Doug
    >
    >
    >


    Most inkjet printer dye ink formulas, although unique, use similar
    components in slightly differing percentages. I have been told that
    often a lintfree rag with some warm water and which is held over the
    head surface of HP printer cartridges will unclog them. I believe a
    small amount of ammoniated window cleaner won't harm them either.

    My experience with 3rd party dye ink cartridges for Epson printers has
    been quite positive as well. In fact some seem to be less likely to
    cause clogging than the OEM Epson, BUT, quality varies, and I suppose
    some bad ink might be out there which could caused head clogs.

    Art
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