Clean Clogged Printer Heads
If the printer head nozzles are blocked or dried out you will need to dissolve the dried ink.
If the cleaning cycle doesn’t do the trick in clearing up poor and incomplete output, don’t give up and assume you’ll need to buy a new printer head (which can cost more than a new printer).
How To Manually Clean Print Heads
Manual Cleaning Print Heads
- Check your printer’s owner manual for the location of your print head. Refer to the directions below if the head is in the printer and not part of the individual ink cartridges.
- Remove the ink cartridges and dab hot water or isopropyl alcohol onto a cotton swab. Or use our self-saturating alcohol foam swab.
- Rub the swab against the print head to loosen dried ink. You can also use a dropper to drip 7 to 10 drops of the isopropyl alcohol into the ink receptacle if your print head is deep in the printer.
- Use a non-abrasive dry foam swab to clean and dry the area.
- Run the printer’s own cleaning program 2 times and then let the printer sit overnight. Repeat the self-cleaning utility the next day.
NOTE: You may want to wear latex gloves to help keep ink off your hands.
Regularly conducting preventive maintenance on your printer will prevent it from developing clogged printer heads. The most common reason printer heads get clogged is simply that the ink cartridge and the printer head have dried out.
Never let the printer stand with an empty cartridge. Either fit a fresh one, or seal the print head unit in a plastic bag with a few drops of water for humidity. Print heads become clogged when not used for long periods of time so regularly print a page or two to keep the print heads clear.
More Printer Cleaning Tips:
- Regularly run printer cleaning cycles.
- Cover the printer when not in use to keep it free from dirt and debris also helps prevent the printer heads from getting clogged.
There are 2 main types of swabs when it comes to tip of the matter.
Most people have experience with spun fiber swabs (cotton swabs, polyester swabs, rayon swabs). Most consumer swabs for cosmetics and hygiene consist of spun cotton fiber swabs. The newest in swab and applicator technology: Flocked Swabs.
Flocked swabs are different.
Most notably, Flocked swabs have ultra tiny bristles. These are far better at picking up and releasing specimen for collection and diagnostics.
Yet, spun fiber swab traits make it far less effective for these types of uses. Specimen and material are improperly trapped in the spun fiber and often softer/porous core.
Unique, bristled design of flocked swabs makes them ideal for specimen collection. Especially diagnostic testing, buccal cell collection, DNA testing, and forensic evidence collection.
Each swab tip features fine bristles, uniformly arranged around the applicator handle. Therefore this ensures that the tips are ultra-clean and always reliable. Compared with traditional fiber swabs, flocked swabs don’t have a porous internal core to trap and absorb collected specimens.
Instead, they feature a velvet-like brush tip that ensures superior collection and release characteristics.
Sometimes picking the right swab for the job can be challenging.
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Harmony offers the best quality and selection of swabs and applicators for use in Spas, Salons, and so much more!
We’ve chosen to supply primarily Puritan Medical swabs and applicators due to their supreme quality and value.
Puritan produces high-quality swabs and other single-use products for industries such as healthcare, forensics, and food safety. These products are medical-grade swabs with fantastic beauty and wellness applications too. From cotton swabs to cuticle sticks, Harmony and Puritan Medical can help spa and salon owners keep clients looking their best.
Spring is around the corner and there’s going to be lots of events like vacations, proms, weddings – people need to be photo ready!
Here are some great beauty tips, advice, and tricks made possible by high quality cosmetic swabs and applicators.
Special Swabs for Cosmetics
Cutting-edge technology has been used to produce high-quality cotton swabs which are almost enough on their own to perform every part of a beauty routine. From facials to pedicures, Puritan Swabs from Harmony are highly resourceful as a tool used in a wide range of beauty and salon services.
Here’s some great ways to use swabs for beauty!
- Use a swab to precisely cover a blemish with just enough concealer.
- Target dark spots with brightening cream in the same manner.
- Use a swab to get every last bit of lipstick out of the tube before tossing it.
- Lip-gloss comes in a pot right? So keep your fingers clean by applying with a cotton swab.
- Don’t let bright lipsticks or stains bleed outside your clients’ lip line. With a swab, you can trace her pout with powder to keep lip color in place.
- Avoid sticky fingers when applying eyelash glue to false eyelashes by using cotton swab to disperse the glue.
- Use a swab to dot concealer on undereye circles, then blend.
- Cotton swabs are the perfect tool for smudging or cleaning up eyeliner.
- Embellish nails by using a swab to create designs (adorable polka dots!) or add decorations.
- The pointed cotton tip on our tapered swabs can clean up the messiest manicure or pedicure.
- Cleaning bottle necks with swabs dipped in nail polish remover keeps polishes from getting stuck shut.
The Perfect Cosmetic Swabs:
Bonus TIP: Seal swabs covered in concealer or perfume in small storage bags and tuck them into your purse. You’ll be able to touch up your makeup or reapply your favorite scent while at a wedding or during a long flight.
Wooden Tongue Depressors (AKA Wax Applicators)
Isn’t it amazing how much better you feel after an eyebrow wax? Well, our tongue depressors were actually designed to apply wax too! The wood has a smooth polish, and with two different sizes, the sticks can be used on multiple areas of the body.
The Perfect Wax Applicators:
Cuticle Sticks (AKA Orange Wood Sticks)
Keeping nails clean is good for hygiene and for first impressions. We offer cuticle sticks with beveled ends that are just the right tool for pushing cuticles back into place. Our single bevel sticks with pointed ends can clean out dirt and other built up grime. Whether thanking an instructor for vacation surfing lessons or meeting a cousin’s new boyfriend at a family gathering, your clients will confidently extend their hands knowing they look great!
The Perfect Cuticle Sticks:
You can trust our swabs and applicators to perform the best, no matter your usage!
Feel great, look great, and enjoy a moment of Harmony with Puritan Medical Swabs and Applicators.
Rayon Tipped Swabs: The Better Swab
First of all, swabs come in different sizes, formats, and materials. You need to pick the right kind for the job. Confused with the huge assortment of swabs available in the market? Learn more about rayon swabs below.
Because Rayon Swabs are soft and highly absorbent, they are a good choice for applications where cotton would not be suitable.
Rayon Swabs (preferred over cotton swabs) for specimen collection.
Swabs are generally thought of as cotton wads wrapped around on one side of a small rod.
Did you know that swabs are made with many different materials?
Also, a majority of swabs used in the medical field are sterile and often made of synthetic material for better test results without contamination. If you are investing money in a swab, one strong option to consider should definitely be rayon swabs.
The Best Swab for the Job
With so many different kinds of swabs on the market, it can be hard to know which kind is best for your particular applications. Concerned with clinical applications? They are available in varying sizes and formats so that they are compatible with your applications and testing procedures.
Tips on Choosing the Best Swab Tip
- The shaft of the swab is very important. Make sure that it is made of the highest quality material. Generally, you will have wood, plastic or aluminum as choices. Different shafts materials offer different flexibility and traits.
- If the application is for nasopharyngeal or pediatric fields, you’ll want to use a rayon swab with an aluminum shaft that is ultra thin and highly flexible.
- Look out for the swab bud. If it is for clinical purposes, the rayon swab is the best available option.
Why are Rayon Swabs Preferred?
- Since one primary use is for clinics and medical fields, most rayon tipped swabs come wrapped individually so that there is no contamination and the medical results are accurate.
- Rayon tips made of the top notch quality USP grade rayon fiber.
- They are easily disposable and most are sterile.
- Rayon swabs are available with either wooden, plastic, or aluminum shafts and you have the option to choose.
Try Out Rayon Swabs
A rayon tip swab is also considered the best for gynecological cell collection and for research work. In fact, they are without any odor or taste and thereby ideal for food industries as well. Overall, rayon swabs are better in most cases than other alternative options like cotton.
Like Mom always said, you won’t know until you try it. Try out rayon tipped swabs in your applications and see the difference today.
If you need assistance selecting the right swab for your needs just get in touch and we’ll be glad to help.
View our selection of rayon tipped swabs here.