Keeping your laboratory clean is essential for ensuring the safety and accuracy of your results. Beakers are a common piece of lab glassware found in many laboratories, and proper cleaning is necessary to ensure that no contaminants or residues remain on the surface of the beaker. Here are some best practices for cleaning laboratory beakers, lab glass, and other equipment to ensure the best results.
Wear Protective Equipment
Be sure to wear protective gloves when cleaning your lab equipment, as some cleaners may contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin or contain contaminants that may be harmful if ingested.
Essential protective equipment includes gloves, safety glasses, and long-sleeved clothing. Be sure to check the safety guidelines of your workplace for any additional protective equipment you should wear. Most labs, such as at school or in an industrial setting, will have a safety manual with specific guidelines you should follow.
Remove Debris from Beakers
Before cleaning, remove any large debris such as dirt and dust that has accumulated on the surface of the beaker. Be sure to use a soft cloth or brush so as not to scratch the glass surface. In addition, other ways to remove debris include using a vacuum cleaner or blowing compressed air over the surface of the beaker. Be sure to follow any safety guidelines set by your workplace when removing debris.