How do you clean an OMD EM5 sensor?

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How do you clean an OMD EM5 sensor?

Yesterday, I was cleaning the sensor of my cameras with a sensor cleaning brush. Did my 6D first and then the EM5, after the sweeps I noticed smudges on the EM5. The first thing I thought is that the brush was dirty but there are no smudges on the 6D. So either they were there before or I must have picked up some grease with the brush in the chamber. In any case the smudges are almost invisible and don't show in the pictures as far as I can see.

Today I called Olympus UK to get the price of a sensor clean. Answer: we don't know, you need to send the camera to our repair centre in Portugal for an estimate (!). I said what estimate, it is just a sensor clean! They answered this is the procedure...Great Olympus...

As an alternative they gave me the details of their authorised repair centre near London

I called them and asked for the price of a sensor clean for the EM5 and they said £25+VAT. At that point I asked them how they clean the sensor and they said they would do a normal wet clean. I asked if they have specialised machinery to stabilise and clean the EM5 sensor because Olympus recommends not to wet clean the EM5 in the normal way becasue could damage IBIS. They had no clue and got quite annoyed, they said they clean it like any other camera. And this is an official repair centre...

So bottom line I am wondering if this supposed difference on the EM5 sensor is just BS and we can just do a traditional wet clean.

1) How do you clean your EM5?

2) Is there any evidence of sensors that have been damaged by a traditional wet clean?

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