The Top 6 Tips On How To Clean Your Scanner


Submitted by Monica Poppy | Category: General Interest | Published on Jan 04, 2011
 
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When cleaning your scanner you should disconnect the power from the scanner. There is high voltage in the lamps and line so please disconnects the power. Cleaning your scanner is very important because it will make your photo look better.

 

The first tip,  when cleaning your scanner you should disconnect the power from the scanner. There is high voltage in the lamps and line so please disconnects the power. Cleaning your scanner is very important because it will make your photo look better. The scanner glass only needs to be clean at the begging of your scan.

The second Tip is when cleaning the glass do not scratch the scanner glass it will make your photo look like it has a scratch on it so be careful. Don't uses paper towels on your scanner it has coarse texture that can create find stretches on the scanner glass. So please use a soft cloth on the glass. Do not use any abrasive cleaner on your scanner. Use a glass cleaner and a soft cloth to clean it.

Do not sprayer or pour cleaning solution directly on the glass? Stay away from the inch ruler scales, so you don't risk damaging it. Only Spry on the soft cloth and not on the scanner. Some scanner come with a pre-moisten towels for cleaning the scanner and the lens. Some manufacturer has their own preference for cleaning the glass. So look at your manual to see what to use.

The third tip is very important; when clean the glass doesn’t leave any streaks on it .It will make your photo very cloudy. One of the ways to see if you have streaks is to lift the lid of the scanner when the scanner light is on and look for the streaks. Scanner bright lights will show the steak if you don't wipe it good. One more way is looking at the glass closely from the side under the bright lights to see if all the film is removing. If you have streaks use a small amount of vinegar on a wet cloth to get the streaks off. Wipe the flatbed scanner clean between photo to prevent oily or streak in your scans from the residue that your photo may have.

Some scanner recommend you to use alcohol for cleaning the flatbed  scanner glass if you are going to do that use isopropyl rather than rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol contains oils like lanolin and it will leave a film on our scanner glass. Make sure you wipe the scanner bed and lens very good so you don't leave streaks or film. This will give you great scans.

The fourth tip, Can air isn’t always the best thing to do I know it is easy to use to remove dust and dirt from photo and scanners.But you should be aware of the draw backs from using it. The air that is blowing across a photo or a scanner produces a static charge on the photo and scanner. That will attract more dust and it will scatter the dust to your computer and very where. The can of air spit propellant on to your photo or negative that is not good. Don't blow dust off negative or photo with your breath you may damage your photo.

The fifth tip, cleaning your scanner is very important before you scan. If you plan on scan a photo larger the specks of dust will appear on the scan. Cleaning a scanner and photo is very imported before you actual scan. If the photo or the scanner has dust or dirt on it that dust and dirt will be on your scan photo. You can remove the dust with your computer but it takes time to do it. So clean your personal photo scanner and your photo so it won't take so much time to scan your photo.

The six tips, is covers your scanner when you're not using it this will help keep it clean and protect the glass top. The glass can be a very expensive repair if you have to repair it. 

 

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