Scratches or dust on your scanner can cause poor image quality and make the scans unusable. Therefore, it is essential to clean your scanner properly so that you can get optimal performance from it.
Before cleaning your scanner, make sure that the scanner is turned off and unplugged.
1. Visual Inspection
The first step of cleaning your scanner is to inspect the glass of the scanner for any dust or scratches. Use a flashlight or strong light to look for any smudges, stains, dust particles, or debris on the scanning bed. If you find any such contaminants, it is time to clean them.
2. Dust Removal
The next step is to remove any dust present on the scanner bed. You can use a soft, lint-free cloth, such as microfiber or a cotton swab moistened with water to gently wipe away the dust particles. Avoid using paper towels as they can scratch the glass.
3. Cleaning Solution
If you find stubborn stains or smudges on the scanner bed, you can use a cleaning solution made specifically for scanners. Make sure to read the instructions and follow them carefully when using the cleaning solution.
Mix the solution according to the label directions and apply a few drops onto a soft, lint-free cloth. Gently wipe the glass of the scanner in a circular motion and then dry the surface using another clean cloth.
4. Scratch Removal
If you find any scratches on the scanner bed, you can use a polishing compound designed for scanners to buff out the scratches. Follow the instructions given on the bottle to apply the compound and then buff away the scratches by hand.
5. Final Check
Once you have finished cleaning, inspect the scanner bed again with a flashlight and ensure that there are no dust particles or scratches left. If all is clear, turn on the scanner and test it out with a few scans. This will help you check if the scanner is working properly after the cleaning process.
Following these steps can help you get back top performance from your scanner. Regular cleaning is necessary to extend its life and keep it performing optimally. If you are unable to remove the scratches or dust particles yourself, consider taking your scanner to a professional for a thorough clean.