A dirty camera lens can impact the quality of a camera’s photos. Even just a few specks of dust can sometimes be enough to ruin a great photo. With that said, it’s important to take precautions when cleaning a camera lens to avoid scratching it or otherwise damaging it. Using a rag to wipe off a camera lens may seem like a simple solution, but this can sometimes grind dirt particles across the lens and leave scratches that won’t ever go away.
Step #1: Remove Dirt With a Brush or a Blower
As already discussed, it isn’t a good idea to wipe a dirty camera lens with a rag since you may end up pressing particles of dirt into the glass and causing scratches.
Instead, the best way to remove any larger particles of dirt from your lens before you wipe it clean is to either brush it away with a soft-bristled brush or blow it away with a cleaning blower. If you don’t have a blower available, you can also blow on the lens using air from your lungs — just be careful not to spray any saliva onto the lens to avoid further smudging it.
Step #2: Wipe the Camera Lens with Lens Cleaning Solution and a Clean Cloth
Once you’ve removed any larger particles of dirt that might cause scratches, apply a few drops of lens cleaning solution to either a lens tissue or cleaning cloth. Then wipe your camera’s lens using gentle, circular motions.
Lens cleaning solution typically contains alcohol for dissolving oil and grime. You can make your own lens cleaning solution
by adding three parts rubbing alcohol to one part water along with one or two drops of dish soap.
Meanwhile, lens tissues and lens cleaning cloths are designed specifically for cleaning fragile lenses. They should always be used instead of rags that might be coarse enough to cause scratches.
Step #3: Clean the Camera Body
A camera’s lens may be the most troublesome place for dirt and dust to gather. But it isn’t the only part of your camera that might need a little cleaning. Thankfully, you don’t have to be nearly as careful when cleaning a camera’s body as you do when cleaning its lens.
Simply wiping down the camera’s body with a damp rag is typically more than enough to do the trick. For stubborn stains or stuck-on messes, try dipping a toothbrush in rubbing alcohol. Then gently scrub the stained area.
Protect Your Camera With an Extended Camera Warranty From Upsie
Keeping the lens clean and free of debris is certainly an important part of protecting your camera from damage. But, unfortunately, even the best and most well-cared-for cameras are still prone to breaking. From scratched and cracked lenses to malfunctioning internal components, there is plenty that can render a camera inoperable.
The good news is that you can protect your camera from all types of damage with an extended camera warranty from Upsie
. Upsie’s comprehensive warranties protect cameras from accidental damage, early wear, and manufacturing defects. In addition, Upsie costs up to 70 percent less than warranties from other options.
To learn more about the benefits of Upsie’s industry-leading camera extended warranty, contact Upsie today
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