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Can dried up ink in my Brother printer be cleaned out?

I left the U.S. a little over a year ago and left my Brother printer with an ex-boyfriend to sell for me. I returned to the U.S. for a visit a few months ago and found out that the printer was never sold. Well, he knows nothing about printers and I thought he would sell it quickly so I never bothered trying to teach him how to regularly run it through the cleaning cycle. Of course I found it unusable. I was already returning to Peru with an extra suitcase for U.S. purchases and had room for the printer, so I brought it back to Peru with me hoping I could find someone to get it working again so I can use it with a power converter.

It's a Brother MFC-490CW with 4 colors of ink total. Would a competent tech be able to clean out the dried ink and what would it involve? My Spanish is limited, so I want to know more about what I'm dealing with here before I try talking with technicians.
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If the ink cartridges dry out as well if they are not in use, you can use a qtip and iso propyl alchol to clean the heads and use new cartridges. Ink jet printers are usually very hard to sell, since they are so expensive to operate, the ink cartridges are just so expensive. If you are going to pay a tech to clean the print heads then you may end up spending almost as much as buying a new printer.
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