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How to Clean Your Inkjet Printer
Unclogging Inkjet Head Nozzles
Essential Information for Epson Users
Introducing Symphonic CLF007, CLF007+ and CLF008
Inkjet Nano Cleaning Fluid

The strongest inkjet cleaning fluid formulated to dissolve dried particles of resinated and non resinated inkjet water based inks.

CLF008 is designed to flush out ink through the system.

CLF008 is newly added that not merely rinse a system, but dissolves ink and resins as it washes it out through the head. It kills bacteria, and can be inside and outside the printer.

New Printers:

Replacing Manufacturers Ink :You may think because your printer is brand new you can place any ink into it. What you need to know is all printers are tested at the factory to make sure the heads are aligned and firing properly. Ink is drained from the printer, but not cleaned with cleaning fluids; thereby, leaving ink deposits in the heads. If you are going to use a third party ink, it may not be compatible with the printer's ink even if the both inks are Pigments or dyes. This incompatibility can result in a blocked head. Even our most powerful cleaners may not be able to clear the blockage. This is why we recommend using our CLF008P cleaning fluid before placing third party inks into a new or used printer.

We recommend very strongly to a initiate a fill procedure or a power cleaning with CLF008. You may even want to do this twice.  We prefer the action of a complete fill than multiple cleanings. It is more effective. Make sure that the tubes are completely clean and the docking station pads which the heads rest on are almost white. The reason for this procedure is because there are certain chemicals that may cling to the walls of the tubes and that will slowly be removed with the new ink, but not dissolved depositing particles in the damper or the head. This will cause blocked nozzles or blockage in the damper. The cleaning fluid CLF008 will completely clean the walls, the damper, and the docking station pads. Incompatibility can also cause the docking station pads to gel preventing suction and thereby preventing head cleaning.


Used Printers:

Printers that are not used for a long period of time:
You may think ink goes into a head and directly out, but there are places for ink in each nozzle group to hide and dry. This can be the most problematic over time when changing ink. Therefore, it is necessary to clean thoroughly. On a pre-used printer that has not been used continually it is highly recommended to flush the printer and let the fluid sit for 8 to 24 hours before performing another fill or power clean. It may be advisable to follow the cleaning procedure with our CLF2 tinted cleaning fluid. 

Solvent Printers:

For printers that are solvent based that will be changed to water base inks, you must completely clean all the color out of the tubes and the docking station pads with solvent cleaner. This may take several fills. After that is accomplished you must  perform the same procedure with CLF008P.

Cleaning:

We cannot stress enough the importance of proper maintenance needed for inkjet printers. Printer companies do not stress the care and cleaning of your printer. Just as you change the oil in your car every 3000 miles to keep it running, so does  an inkjet printer need care and maintenance to keep it running as well. Ink deposits build up on the docking station pads, which prevents suction, which in turn prevents cleaning causing nozzle drop out. The cleaning procedure is of little effort, but so important. To keep your printer running longer it is advisable to run our cleaning fluid at least once a year no matter what ink your use. Using our cleaning cartridges follow our step by step directions. These cartridges can be used over many times.

Preparation for ink change over:

When changing over inks to a different brand it is imperative to perform a minimum of two fills. As stated before you must clean until the tubes are clear and the docking station reaches a pale color. If nozzles are blocked before the ink change over utilize CLF008 first, then apply CLF2 tinted cleaning fluid. Test the cleaning effectiveness by firing the cleaning fluid with a nozzle test print. However, if nozzles are firing well then CLF008 clear fluid is all that is needed.

CLF2 is a tinted version of CLF008 designed to be used to to check nozzle firing. CLF2 comes in 3 forms: Blue, Pink, and Yellow. 

All our Bulk Ink Systems come with sufficient cleaning fluid to flush a printer for ink change over.

These cleaning fluids are not intended for solvent ink cleaning!!!

Potential Problem:

All Pigment Inks exist is a colloidal suspension and are thicker than dye and water. When the printer is not used often enough the pigment ink dries out on the docking station pads as well as on the bottom of the heads, which reset on the docking station pads. This can cause the nozzles to become clogged. This can also happen with dye printers.

Ink maybe thought of as a perfectly pure liquid, but after having performed repairs on printers using OEM ink, I have found small particles captured by the filter on the damper. One of the functions of the damper is to filter ink preventing any particles from being trapped in a nozzle. The damper sits on top of the head in all wide format printer. The more ink that gets passed through the damper, the more likely the chance for a particle build up. As the particles build up in the damper, ink flow is restricted and drop out occurs.

Remedy:

For every day or at least once a week handling use our pipette and place a few drops of CLF007 on the capping station. This will moisten the pads and break up any ink particles. Caution: Do not over soak the pads. It can cause a capillary action where the ink gets sucked back into the heads. However, if a head has serious clogged nozzles, then soak the pad to effect capillary action into the head and leave overnight or over a couple of days.

To help clean the docking you can soak it with CLF007 and leave the solution on it for at least 10 minutes. Then dry the pads by dabbing a paper towel or a lint less cloth on it.

Once a year or every six months depending on printer usage, it would be advisable to run cleaning fluid through the lines and dampers. If you know how to replace or clean the dampers by themselves do so.

In the near future we will have graphic instructions describing the procedure of removing dampers.

CLF007 are designed for cleaning Dye, Pigment, and Dye Sublimation Inks. It is not intended for solvent inks.

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CLF007 and CLF007+

CLF 007 and CLF007+ are Inkjet Nano Cleaning fluids for all types of water based inkjet inks. It is a complex formula containing elements that break up dried resin pigment inks, as well as dissolving dried dye inks. CLF007 also contains our own proprietary chemical Flo-Guard 5a which aids in cleaning as well as lubricating and promoting "flowability." It is used in Symphonic Inks for those special properties.

These two cleaning fluids are to be placed on the capping station. CLF007 is designed for continuous use where CLF007+ is aimed at breaking up clogged heads rapidly. It is extremely strong and should not be used over three days.

CLF007 contains chemicals that kill bacteria that can grow over time and it has lubricants to prevent the head and capping station from drying out. This unique combination of elements offers a powerful cleaning effect needed for loosening dried ink on the capping station and penetrating blocked nozzles of a head. CLF 007 is simply the most effective inkjet cleaning fluid made!

Steady use of 2 to 3 drops on the capping station will maintain the suction flow from the pump producing a proper cleaning cycle. If the capping station is gunked suction minimizes and the pump becomes worn out sooner.

Windex vs CLF007

Windex is a good window cleaner because it cleans a window and evaporates quickly. It is those properties that do not make Windex ideal for cleaning heads or capping station. It does not have elements that break up resin. It was never intended for that purpose. Windex may work in mild cases, but it defeats the lubricants in ink that keep a head from drying out, whereas, CLF007 breaks up dried particles and lubricates to prevent further drying.

Note: Pigment ink is a combination of resin, pigment, and lubricants. When it dries, the resin hardens and becomes an obstruction larger than the head nozzle, therefore blocking the nozzle from firing ink. That is why CLF007 is so valuable to use.

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