What Should We Do When the Dye Sublimation Ink Clogged the Print Head?
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A clogged print head can lead to many troubles during the process of sublimation printing. So, what should we do when the dye sublimation ink clogged the print head? Of course, the answer is we need to clean it. Here are some common ways and you can choose a suitable one. 😉
For dye sublimation ink manufacturer, the ink must be able to dissolve in the medium in which it is made. So many sublimation ink manufactures also produce cleaning solution. But generally speaking, the water performs as well as cleaning solution.
You can use water to dissolve or soften the blockage. Sit the print head in a bowl of water for few hours. Most print heads can be submerged underwater as long as you dry up the contact points before inserting back in the printer.
2. Increase Temperature
Since different substances are made from different atoms, increased temperature will affect their dissolving to different extents. Therefore, you should use hot water when you soak the print head. And the temperature can be somewhere between 90 °F – 120 °F.
3. Push the ink out
Drill a hole on the cartridge and use syringe to push digital sublimation ink downward, then wash the print head under hot running water.
4. Purchase Machine
If you think manual cleaning is too troublesome, you can invest a machine to help you. For example, buying a steaming machine which will increases the temperature and the steam, and it can keep printer head moisturized. Or buying a ultrasonic cleaner like the one used in cleaning jewelry or medical equipment which will help you clean your print heads quickly.
Clogged printer heads can be a nuisance and cost extra money during the process of sublimation printing. So, try to clean your print heads frequently and use high quality digital sublimation ink which will be beneficial for your sublimation printing business. Thank you for you reading. 🙂