HP Deskjet 6988dt Printer - Manually clean print cartridges

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Manually clean print cartridges

If the printer is used in a dusty environment, a small amount of debris can accumulate
on the print cartridge contacts.

Gather cleaning supplies

You need the following items to clean the print cartridges.

Distilled water (tap water can contain contaminants that can damage the print

Cotton swabs or other soft, lint-free material that will not stick to the print cartridge

Be careful not to get

ink on your hands or clothing

as you clean.

User's guide


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Prepare to clean


Open the printer cover.


Wait until the print cartridge cradle moves to the right side of the printer and is idle
and quiet.


Remove the print cartridges and place them on a piece of paper, with the copper
strips facing up.


Do not leave the print cartridges outside the printer for more than

30 minutes.

Cleaning instructions


Lightly moisten a cotton swab with distilled water and squeeze any excess water
from the swab.


Wipe the print cartridge copper contacts with the cotton swab.


Do not touch the print cartridge ink nozzles. Touching the ink

nozzles will result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections.

1 Ink nozzles (do not touch)
2 Copper contacts


Repeat this process until no ink residue or dust appears on the swab.


Insert the print cartridges

in the printer, and then close the printer cover.