Cleaning cartridges use a powerful cleaning fluid that is specially formulated to flush out inkjet inks and dissolve dried ink deposits. Designed to clean both aqueous pigment and dye based inks, cleaning cartridges are used in a printer just like a normal cartridge. Cleaning cartridges can be used for two purposes. Firstly, they are an invaluable routine maintenance aid and regular use will ensure that a printer is kept in top working order by cleaning dried ink deposits from the print head, capping station and wiper blade. Secondly, they should always be used when changing ink types on a printer if the two ink sets can not be mixed with each other. This is particularly important when changing to inks that have a different color gamut than the existing inks. The reason for this is that mixing two types of ink in a printer will affect color accuracy and can cause color shifts over a long period of time as one ink is slowly purging out the other. Using cleaning cartridges in between the two ink types will ensure that the new ink is not affected by the previous ink. It is absolutely essential that cleaning cartridges are used when changing from dye inks to pigment inks, or visa versa, as dyes and pigments do not generally mix together well and can create gel which will block print heads. To use cleaning cartridges on desk top printers, prints are produced onto scrap paper until the printed output goes clear, indicating that all ink has been cleaned from the ink system. The cleaning cartridges for desk top printers are refillable and so can be used many times. They are supplied empty and the Dead Head cleaning fluid must be ordered separately in the size required. For most desk top models, a 4 oz bottle of cleaner is adequate to fill a complete set of cartridges. For the Epson Photo R3000, you will need an 8 oz bottle of cleaner to completely fill a set of cartridges. The cartridges come with auto reset chips fitted so they can be refilled many times. Filling syringes and instructions are included.
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