How to Clean the HP Deskjet Series Printer Ink Cartridges

By John Stevens

  • Overview

    Over time and with repeated use, HP DeskJet series printer cartridges can become clogged with ink. Print quality suffers, resulting in streaking lines, white lines or a failure to print certain colors. Replacing the defective ink cartridges can fix the problem, but this can be an expensive and unnecessary solution. Thankfully, the existing printer-ink cartridges can be cleaned rather than replaced.
    • Step 1

      Click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop and click on "Control Panel."
    • Step 2

      Click on the "Printers and Faxes" icon.


    • Step 3

      Right-click on the printer icon for the HP DeskJet Series printer.
    • Step 4

      Select "Properties" from the drop-down menu.
    • Step 5

      Click "Printer Preferences" under the "General" tab.
    • Step 6

      Click the "Services" tab from the top of the menu that appears.
    • Step 7

      Click on "Open the HP Toolbox."
    • Step 8

      Click on "Clean the Print Cartridges."
    • Skill: Easy

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