Microscopes attract a lot of traffic, especially in an educational setting. The more hands and eyes that come in contact with your microscope, the more likely it is to suffer from smudges, dust, and residue, which will begin to impact your image quality over time. But there’s a right and wrong way to clean a microscope, so be sure to read carefully before you attempt any scrubbing.
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Don’t use your fingers or random cloths to wipe off your microscope’s lenses. Any foreign particulates sitting on the glass can be ground into the lens, scratching the lens coatings and destroying your device’s performance. Do unplug the microscope before you attempt any cleaning to avoid injury to yourself or the microscope. Don’t clean the scope too often. The less contact you make with your lenses, the longer life you can expect from them. Do read your owner’s manual so you know your machine’s ins and outs and any manufacturer cleaning recommendations. Do keep a cover over your microscope when it’s not in use, and keep it away from direct sunlight, moist air, and vibration.
You can keep your microscope in good shape if you follow a proper cleaning regimen. The area around your eyepiece, the knobs, and the stage are most likely to attract oils and other contaminants. But to keep those images sharp, you’ll want your lenses sparkling, too. Below are 5 steps to follow to keep your microscope in peak condition.
After a thorough cleaning, you might still notice particles when you look through your lenses. If this is the case, your microscope may need some internal cleaning. Never try to take your microscope apart by yourself. Consult the manufacturer first for recommendations or seek out an optics specialist who can disassemble your microscope without damaging it. A microscope is a rewarding device. Keep it in great shape, and you’ll be magnifying the world for years to come.
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