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How to Clean a Projector Lens in 4 Easy Steps

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If you own a projector and have noticed the image quality getting blurry, this could be because you have not cleaned the lens recently. Perhaps you might have used your shirt sleeve to wipe it a few weeks ago, but this is not an effective way to clean the lens! 

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Before You Start

If you have used the projector before, turn it off and let it cool down for 30 minutes to an hour. If it is still hot, don’t clean it yet. Hot lenses are brittle, making them more prone to scratches.

Here is a list of things you will need:

  • Manual lens blower
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Lens brush
  • Lens cleaning paper
  • Lens cleaner spray

Once you have those items, you are ready to begin cleaning the projector lenses by following the following steps:

1. Turn off and unplug the projector.

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After you turn off the projector, unplug it. Make sure the projector is cool before you start cleaning it. Then, take the projector and slant it down so you can blow on the lens from underneath.

2. Use a manual lens blower.

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Start using a manual lens blower to clear dust from the center of the lens first, and then continue with the additional bursts.

3. Use a lens brush and lens cleaning paper.

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The lens brush helps you clean the projector without damaging it. Brush the lens in a circular motion starting from the center. Repeat the same actions but now with a lens cleaning paper. Once again, start from the center and in a circular motion.

However, if you notice that your projector lens is clean after completing this step, you don’t need to follow the last step. So, look at your projector lens and act accordingly to it.

4. Use a no-lint microfiber cloth.

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Spray the lens cleaner directly to the no-lint microfiber. With the moistened cloth, carefully wipe the lens in a circular motion starting from the center. If the projector lens has spots, you may need to moisten another cloth and repeat the same circular wiping motion.

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Can I use alcohol-based cleaning products?

No. Always use products designed for cleaning lenses. Don’t use alcohol-based cleaning products or other same category products because they may damage the lens and can cause scratches.

Can I use any brush to clean the projector lens?

No. It is recommended to use the brushes designed to clean the projector lens. Don’t use other brushes because they may scratch your lens.

Why does my projector look blurry while the lens looks clean?

If you are sure you cleaned the projector lens correctly, then try adjusting the projector’s zooms and focus.

How often should I clean my projector lens?

Clean your projector lens as soon as you notice the image is blurry. You don’t need to clean it if the quality of the projected content is clear.

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Important Tips to Keep In Mind While Cleaning Your Projector Lens

  • Always wipe in a circular motion starting from the center.
  • Use products designed to clean the projector lens; don’t use any other cleaning products.
  • Make sure your microfiber wipes and lens brushes are clean and keep them in a safe place to remain the same.
  • Spray the cleaner to the cloth; never spray the cleaner directly to the lens.
  • Avoid using compressed air, as propellant may damage your projector lens.
  • Always use a soft and lint-free cloth because the other materials may scratch the glass.

Related Read: How to Clean a Projector Screen in 6 Easy Steps

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Closing Thoughts

Cleaning the projector lenses can be a quick task if you carefully follow the above steps. Keeping your projector lens clean will ensure the image quality is crisp and clear. It will also prevent the lens from getting damaged.

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About the Author Robert Sparks

Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.