How to Clean Ink Jets on an Epson Stylus 440 Printer

By Nathaniel Miller

  • Overview

    Is your Epson Sylus 440 Printer producing print jobs with a white line through parts of the print? If so, you may have clogged jets on your inkjet cartridge. In some cases, you can solve this problem by running the "Clean and Align" function (under "Printer Properties") in Control Panel; however this fix does not always work. If you are still getting poor print quality and you know the ink cartridge is full, it is time to do a manual cleaning of the inkjet.
    Epson 440 inkjet printer ready to be cleaned
    • Step 1

      Remove the inkjet cartridge from the printer by flipping open the rear access door and allowing the cartridge cradle to come to rest in the cartridge-replacement position. Push down on the cartridge and then pull straight up to release the cartridge from the printer.
    • Step 2

      Lay the cartridge on a white sheet of paper with the jets (bottom) of the ink cartridge facing up. Dip the head of a Q-tip in alcohol and stroke the jets of the ink cartridge gently to remove dried-ink buildup. Continue this process until all of the jets are clear.


    • Step 3

      Allow the ink cartridge to dry (it shouldn't take more than a few minutes, since alcohol was used), then replace the ink cartridge in the cartridge cradle and firmly press down to engage the catch. Close the access panel and run the "Clean and Align" function on the printer.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Q-tips or cotton swabs
    • Tip: If alcohol is unavailable, plain water will also work well for this procedure. The drying process will take a bit longer, but the basic cleaning process is the same.
    • Warning:
    • Do not push down too firmly when you are replacing the ink cartridge, as you could potentially damage the cradle. Use just enough force to hear the catch "snap" into place.

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