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 product’s control panel or your software. See these sections below:
Using the Control Panel
From the Computer
Using the Control Panel
1.
Load a few sheets of plain paper in the paper cassette.
2.
Press the  Setup button, select Maintenance, then select Head Cleaning.
3.
4.
Select the option corresponding to the nozzles that are clogged (All Colors, All except Black, or Black Only).
5.
Press the  Start (B&W or Color) button. The cleaning cycle can take up to 2 1/2 minutes.
Caution:
Never turn off your product during a cleaning cycle or you may damage it.
When you see a completion message on the LCD screen, cleaning is finished.
6.
Select Nozzle Check, then run a nozzle check to confirm that the print head is clean.
7.
If the printout looks good, select Finish Nozzle Check to finish; if not, select Head Cleaning and run another cleaning cycle.
You may need to clean the print head up to 4 times. You can also turn off your product and wait at least 6 hours. Then try printing again.
8.
When you’re done, press  Back until you return to the home screen.
Note:
If you do not use your product often, it is a good idea to print a few pages at least once a month to maintain good print quality.
From the Computer
1.
Load a few sheets of plain paper in the paper cassette.
2.
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 Software folder, and select Epson Printer Utility 4. Then select Head Cleaning.
3.
The  On light flashes throughout the cleaning cycle and stays on green when the cycle is finished.
Caution:
Never turn off your product during a cleaning cycle or you may damage it.
4.
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.
5.
6.
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 product and wait at least 6 hours. Then try printing again.
Note:
If you do not use your product often, it is a good idea to print a few pages at least once a month to maintain good print quality.