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How to Clean a Cartridge/Converter Fountain Pen

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Fountain pen ink is water based and over time will evaporate. Leaving ink in a fountain pen for an extended period of time can create problems for your fountain pen. If you are not going to use a fountain pen for an extended period of time, you need to remove and clean your pen. Below are some simple instructions on how to clean a fountain pen.

How to clean a cartridge converter fountain pen supplies

How to clean a cartrdige converter fountain pen - disassemble pen
You will need to remove the ink from the pen. This step will vary based on the type of fountain pen. If you are using cartridge ink, you will need to remove the cartridge from the pen. If you are using an ink converter, you can either clean the pen with, or without, the ink converter attached to the pen. First, you will need to unscrew the grip section of the pen from the barrel.

If you are using an ink cartridge, hold the nib upright and remove the ink cartridge. Remember, if the cartridge still contains ink you will need to be careful to keep the cartridge upright, because the cartridge has been punctured and will leak. With an ink converter pen you can use the converter to flush the pen, but it is easier to remove the converter and clean it separately. Once again, keep the converter upright so you do not spill any ink.

If the pen has been sitting for awhile and the ink has dried, you may want to soak the nib. The length of time you soak the fountain pen nib will vary based on how bad the ink has dried.

How to clean a cartrdige converter fountain pen - flush nib
Next you will need to flush the nib and feed with water. There are a few ways to do this. One of the easiest is to use a bulb syringe. Continue to flush the nib until it runs clear.

Dry the pen with a microfiber cloth. Allow the pen and feed section to dry. You can now reassemble the pen and fill with ink. Your pen is now ready to use!

Make sure you only use warm water. Never use detergents, cleaners, or liquid soap. These items may damage your pen. For dried ink or tougher cleaning you may try using a pen flush as well. Proper cleaning and care will extend the life of your pen.

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