What's the easiest (effective) way to clean flatbed scanner glass?

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Paul Barrett Regular Member • Posts: 156
What's the easiest (effective) way to clean flatbed scanner glass?

Title says it all really.

Daft question I supposes but I am sitting here thinking of alternatives to clean the glass of my new scanner.

- Paul

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RobinHsherwood
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I use eyeglass cleaner spray and microfiber cloth.

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An excellent suggestion, have used it myself in the past. You may also find, if it is not too dirty, that the microfibre cloth will do the job on its own.

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ROR

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Window cleaner
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Most scanner beds do not have any exotic coatings, and the manufacturers probably designed them with the expectation that most people would use standard window cleaner. Squirt it on a cloth first, and not directly on the scanner.

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OP Paul Barrett Regular Member • Posts: 156
Re: What's the easiest (effective) way to clean flatbed scanner glass?

overniteman wrote:

ROR

OK, you got me.  I have no idea what ROR means and none of the definitions on Google look relevant, although reading the one about oral sex was entertaining.;-)

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OP Paul Barrett Regular Member • Posts: 156
Re: What's the easiest (effective) way to clean flatbed scanner glass?

Thanks.  Now I know I don't need to do anything exotic I am good to go. 

Paul

Aberaeron Veteran Member • Posts: 8,457
Re: What's the easiest (effective) way to clean flatbed scanner glass?

Paul Barrett wrote:

Title says it all really.

Daft question I supposes but I am sitting here thinking of alternatives to clean the glass of my new scanner.

- Paul

Take it back to the shop and demand one with clean glass. 

Seriously though, either glass cleaner sprayed on sparingly, the clear stuff not creamy Windowlene. Or screen wet wipe sheets and dry with a soft kitchen roll or  a clean microfibre cloth.

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Paul Barrett wrote:

Thanks. Now I know I don't need to do anything exotic I am good to go.

Paul

What sort of exotic things did you have in mind?

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OP Paul Barrett Regular Member • Posts: 156
Re: What's the easiest (effective) way to clean flatbed scanner glass?

Aberaeron wrote:

Paul Barrett wrote:

Thanks. Now I know I don't need to do anything exotic I am good to go.

Paul

What sort of exotic things did you have in mind?

I misspoke - more like,  what exotic things might a scanner need!

None

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Paul Barrett wrote:

overniteman wrote:

ROR

OK, you got me. I have no idea what ROR means and none of the definitions on Google look relevant, although reading the one about oral sex was entertaining.;-)

- Paul

I don't know either, but this possible definition I found is pretty funny:

Raffing Out Roud (Laughing Out Loud in Scooby Doo voice)

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RobinHsherwood wrote:

I use eyeglass cleaner spray and microfiber cloth.

This is all that's needed and what I use as well. Just spray on the cloth and wipe away.

I would also suggest 91% Rubbing Alcohol. I filled an old eyeglass cleaner bottle with it and recently have been using it in the same way - spray on the cloth then wipe. From what I can see it seems to do a better job overall, but either gives excellent results if used properly.

No matter which I use, I always use a rocket blower to blow off the glass before placing an item in to scan. Gets rid of any left over fibers, dust, etc. which can be critical when scanning things like B&W negatives.

Jestertheclown
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Aerosol furniture polish and a yellow duster.

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