Microscopes are one of the most integral tools to any laboratory setting. Lab technicians use microscopes on a near-daily basis, if not daily, to perform experiments and collect research. Because we use them so frequently, we need to know how to maintain these tools to keep them in proper working condition for as long as possible. With these tips on how to handle, clean, and store microscopes, learn how to properly maintain these tools and extend their usability.
How To Handle
When moving the microscope about the lab, never suspend it from the stage, either eyepiece, the focus knob, or any other small parts. Proper handling practice states you should lift the tool by the arm and then support it by placing your other hand under the base. And while it may sound like something your high school science teacher would have told you, always carry the microscope with two hands. Handling a microscope with only one hand is careless and could cause you to drop or break the instrument. Another handling tip to remember is that you should never touch the glass lenses with your fingers, as you could scratch or smudge the surface of the lens.
How To Clean
As mentioned above, never use your fingers or normal cloth to clean the microscope lenses. Instead, use a piece of lens paper to clean the lens surface. To clean and disinfect, place a few drops of a lens cleaning fluid onto the specialty paper and wipe in a gentle, circular motion. Work from the inside to the outside of the lens in a spiral motion to avoid simply moving around dirt and germs. Use an ethanol lens cleaning fluid to remove dirt as well as disinfect the surface.
How To Store
When not using them, always cover your microscopes with a specialty dust cover. This helps prevent dust and dirt from settling on your clean and disinfected lenses. On top of this, it is best to store the microscope in a dry place and keep it away from direct sunlight. You might feel this is another school science class-level reminder, but always remember to turn off the light and lower the stage as well.
These tips on how to handle, clean, and store microscopes can help extend the life of your tools exponentially. Just a few simple tips that you can do daily can help you use your tools longer. However, you should replace your microscopes and other tools when they do become old and damaged. From microscopes to ethanol extraction equipment for sale, USA Lab Equipment has all the tools you need for a productive lab environment.