An ink jet print head face cleaner provides a controlled air passageway through an enclosure formed against the print face. Air is directed through an inlet into a cavity in a body. The body has a face with an opening into the cavity. This face is sealingly placeable against the print face. The cavity has a limited size so that air is directed without interruption through the cavity past the ink jet apertures, and out an outlet. The cleaner body is coupled resiliently to a platform to allow positioning of the body and print faces flush with each other. A vacuum source is preferably attached to the outlet to create a subatmospheric pressure in the cavity to further seal the two faces together. A collection chamber and removable drawer are positioned below the outlet to facilitate disposing of removed ink.