Adjust Print Quality : Clean the Print Head

Clean the Print Head Nozzles
If print quality has declined and the nozzle check pattern indicates clogged nozzles, you can clean the print head.
Note:
You cannot clean the print head if an ink cartridge is expended, and may not be able to clean it when a cartridge is low. You must replace the cartridge first.
You can clean the print head using your Epson printer’s control panel or your software. See these sections below:
Using the Control Panel (NX210 Series)
Using the Control Panel (NX410 Series)
From the Computer
Using the Control Panel (NX210 Series)
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Press the Index Sheet and Scan buttons at the same time.
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Press  or  to select Head Cleaning, then press  Start. The cleaning cycle lasts around 1 minute.
When you see a completion message on the LCD display screen, cleaning is finished.
Caution:
Never turn off your Epson printer during a cleaning cycle or you may damage it.
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Run a nozzle check to confirm that the print head is clean.
You may need to clean the print head up to 4 times. You can also turn off your Epson printer and wait at least 6 hours. Then try printing again.
Note:
If you do not use your Epson printer often, it is a good idea to print a few pages at least once a month to maintain good print quality.
Using the Control Panel (NX410 Series)
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Press Setup.
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Press  or  to select Maintenance, then press OK.
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Select Head Cleaning and press OK.
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Press  Start. The cleaning cycle lasts around 1 minute.
When you see a completion message on the LCD display screen, cleaning is finished.
Caution:
Never turn off your Epson printer during a cleaning cycle or you may damage it.
6.
Run a nozzle check to confirm that the print head is clean.
You may need to clean the print head up to 4 times. You can also turn off your Epson printer and wait at least 6 hours. Then try printing again.
Note:
If you do not use your Epson printer often, it is a good idea to print a few pages at least once a month to maintain good print quality.
From the Computer
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Windows:
Right-click the  printer icon in the bottom right corner of your screen (the taskbar) and select Head Cleaning.
Macintosh:
Open the Applications folder, open the EPSON Printer Utility3, select your Epson printer, and click OK. Then select Head Cleaning.
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The  On light flashes throughout the cleaning cycle and stays on green when the cycle is finished.
Caution:
Never turn off your Epson printer during a cleaning cycle or you may damage it.
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When the  On light stops flashing and remains on, you can check to see if the nozzles are clean: Click Print Nozzle Check Pattern and click Print.
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NX210 Series:
NX410 Series:
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If there are gaps or the pattern is faint, click Clean to clean the print head again.
You may need to clean the print head up to 4 times. You can also turn off your Epson printer and wait at least 6 hours. Then try printing again.
Note:
If you do not use your Epson printer often, it is a good idea to print a few pages at least once a month to maintain good print quality.