How to Clean a Camera Lens

It’s happens to the best photographers, a “dirty camera lens”. A camera lens is as delicate as the human eye when it comes to handling. And, they are just as affected by dust, dirt, humidity and scratches. So, it’s pretty important to treat a camera lens as you would your own pair of eyes. Which, when you think about it, for taking photos, is what a camera lens really is. Here are 3 simple ways to clean a camera lens:

1. Use a pre-treated lens cleaning cloth
2. Gently swipe with a soft dry cloth to remove dust
3. Spray a cloth with lens cleaner and wipe carefully (Don’t saturate the cloth.)

Camera Lenses Can Be Dirt Magnets

Depending on the debris that has collected on the lens, use a gentle pressure when cleaning. The surface of camera lenses are fragile and scratch easily. But, they are also affected by moisture. Never spray lens cleaner directly onto the lens of a camera. Nor, should moisture be allowed to collect on the lens surface. Most camera lenses are not waterproof. That’s important to remember when taking photos in levels of high humidity. Lens glass is not tempered to withstand extremes of temperature either. So avoid, extreme cold or heat to protect your camera lenses. Camera bags provide a good means of protection.

Learn How to Clean A Camera Lens

Before taking photos, check the camera lens to insure that the view is as clear as possible. A lot of photographers like to make a habit of gently wiping their camera lens before and after a photo session. Learning how to clean a camera lens should be a regular part of the photography experience. There isn’t really a lot to learn about how to clean a camera lens. Keeping a camera lens clean just makes sense. The more the camera is used, the more cleaning may become necessary. If the lens should collect a serious type of debris that can’t be removed with any of the three steps provided, it should be taken to a professional camera shop. There, professionals will remove the offending dirt from the lens. Often, tiny bits of debris lodge in sections of the lens that can’t be reached with a cotton swap or cloth. This is another instance when it’s advisable to take advantage of professional care.

Betsy Cline

Betsy Cline has been a professional house cleaner for 15 years and also a mother of 4 amazing kids (who make lots of messes). She is the founder of How to Clean It and loves to share tips and advice for cleaning up anything life throws at you.

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