If your Canon ink jet printer stays dormant for a long period of time, you may find yourself with a clogged print head. This basically means that the ink can no longer spray through the jets and you won’t be able to print with this clogged color. Your Canon driver has a print head cleaning function built-in, but a standard cleaning will not always resolve your issue. You may need to run a deep clean. This option uses much more ink than a standard cleaning but it will fix the tougher clogs for you.
- Click “Start” from your Windows desktop and click “Devices and Printers.”
- Right-click your Canon printer and click “Properties.”
- Select the “Maintenance” tab and click “Deep Cleaning.” Your printer will begin making noises as though it were printing, but nothing will actually print. Wait until a message displays declaring the job is complete.
- When the deep cleaning is done, run a Nozzle Check from the Maintenance tab to make sure the nozzle is unclogged. If the printed pattern is clear, your clog is fixed. If your print head remains clogged after running a deep cleaning, try turning your printer off for 24 hours. After the time as passed, print a nozzle check. Often the remaining clog can liquefy if given time after a cleaning.
This procedure will use a lot of ink from all of your ink cartridges.