If you’re having problems with the quality of your printing, a good place to start is by carrying out a nozzle check. When printers are unused for long periods of time (especially if you’re edible printing) this can cause problems with your printhead. Running a nozzle check will help to establish whether any of the nozzles are blocked.
Printing the Nozzle Check Pattern
Please note: If the remaining ink level is low in any of your cartridges, the nozzle check pattern will not be printed correctly. Replace/ fill the ink cartridge whose ink is low.
- Make sure that the power on your Canon TS705 printer is turned on.
- Load a sheet of A4 plain paper in the rear tray (if you’re edible printing don’t waste your icing sheets, using normal copier paper is fine for this task and won’t cause any damage).
- Press the Setup button on the LCD display panel, use the arrow buttons to select maintenance and press OK
- Use the arrow button to select nozzle check and press OK
- The nozzle check will then be printed
Do not perform any other tasks until the printer completes the printing of the nozzle check pattern
What Should the Nozzle Check Pattern Look Like?
Examine the nozzle check pattern, and clean the print head if necessary.
Check if there are missing lines in the pattern (A) or horizontal white streaks in the pattern (B).
- (C) Number of sheets printed so far
- There are missing lines in the pattern (A), see example below:
(D) Good (E) Bad (lines are missing)
2. There are horizontal white streaks in the pattern (B)
3. If any colours are missing altogether
We’ve found the best way to clean the printhead is to remove it from the printer and run it under hot water (as hot as you can stand it).