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3 Keys To Properly Maintaining Your Laser Scanning Microscope

In the medical and scientific fields, there are many instruments people rely on every day for various processes. Microscopes have long been part of everyday medical and scientific processes, but technology has brought new levels of functionality to these ordinary instruments, including the LSM 510 scanning microscope. The laser scanning microscope is an evolved type of microscope that utilizes 3D imagery to give multi-dimensional views of compounds, biological materials and more. If you are lucky enough to have one of these in your laboratory, you likely gave quite a bit for it, so it should be properly maintained. Here are a few keys to help you perform proper LSM 510 maintenance

Clean glass surfaces on a regular basis. 

The glass surfaces of the microscope are prone to collecting debris, fingerprints, and dust, and these contaminants can really compromise visibility if they are collected in certain areas. All glass surfaces of the laser scanning microscope should be cleaned on a regular basis. It is best to only use solvents that have been supplied by the manufacturer or recommended by the manufacturer. Anything else can be too abrasive and cause damages. 

Clean the air filter mat at the base of the unit regularly. 

The bottom of most units has an air filter mat that continuously pulls dust and debris from the air surrounding the unit during operation so whatever is being viewed is not contaminated. Every so often, it is best to remove this filter mat and give it a good cleaning. As debris collects on the mat, less dust will be pulled out of the air during operation, which means there is more of a chance of slides being contaminated by debris. Most filter mats can be cleaned by running them underwater, but each unit has different guidelines for this procedure, so consult your owner's manual. 

Clean the exterior and painted surfaces with a dampened cloth. 

The exterior of the laser scanning microscope is easiest to clean; you only have to wipe it down with a dampened cloth to remove any skin oils, fingerprints, or dust. The hardest about this maintenance step is getting into all of the little grooves and crevices. In these confined areas, you can use a cotton swab moistened with water to wipe away any debris or grime that has collected on the surface. It is important not to use abrasive cleaners on the exterior so you do not accidentally slough away the paint.