Simple Camera Maintenance Tips

Many things can affect the quality of the image your IP security camera views. To prevent this, the following tips have been put together to help you maintain your camera at optimal viewing performance.

Little things like, dust, rain, dirt, dander and even insects can have a big impact on the quality of your camera’s image, with the following easy to do tips, you can keep the image quality looking good throughout the life of your security camera.

You have seen it around your house or in your car; dust permeates everything leaving this silky or powdery looking surface on your furniture or car dash.  Rain when it falls, a splash from a watered plant or the tell tale signs that an insect has walked across the lens while wet or may have defecated on the lens, and the worst cause for a poor image is the spider who inadvertently builds his web to obstruct the view, it all makes for a poor and degraded image.

Note: These tips provided can be used on your other personal camera, camcorders, cell phone or other devices with viewing lenses.

Lens Cleaning

1. Distilled WaterPut some distilled water into a squeeze bottle with small tip.

Directions for use: You’ll want to gently apply some water droplets and then blot gently with lens tissue or another cleaning material.

           

2. Micro Fiber ClothsPrimarily used by many photographers, this is one of the best items which you can keep in your office or home; they are lint-free and scratch-free and are generally small and inexpensive, and—when used properly—does the job of keeping your lenses and screens dirt and smear-free.

Directions for use: Simply apply light pressure to the smear and wipe it off. Sometimes, it is best used with a cleaning solution, like the Distilled Water or an Optical Lens Cleaner.

       

3. Lens Pen – The lens pen can accomplish most of what a micro fiber cloth can, it is housed in a convenient and portable package. The non-liquid cleaning compound contained in the brush is good for eliminating dust, grime and fingerprints from your lens or filter and other parts of your camera. As an added bonus, the tip of the Lenspen is small enough to fit into those hard to reach areas where your fingers can’t.

Directions for use: Begin by using the brush applicator to dust away any large particles and most of the residue, then you the applicator pad to clean the lens by simply applying light pressure to the smear. Sometimes, it is best used with a cleaning solution, like Distilled Water or an Optical Lens Cleaner.

       

4. Baby ShampooA mild surfactant like baby shampoo (diluted with distilled water)

Directions for use: Simply apply light pressure to the glass and blot dry. This is a great way to remove dust, spider webs, and oil compounds from areas which create steam from oil based foods.

       

5. Hot or Compressed AirTry using a hair dryer or a can of compressed air to a dry the lens.  Using both types allows you to blow away any dust or dirt you may have missed while cleaning the camera. Also using a hair dyer has the added benefit that as you heat up the glass the molecules become more active which means the glass is moving to the unseen eye which allows for easier removal of dirt and grime.

Directions for use: Hold the Compressed air approximately 4-5 inches away from the item being clean, apply the air to the device in short controlled bursts. Do not hold it too close as compressed air container get cold as they are used and this can get transferred to the lens resulting in moisture under the lens.  For the hair dyer use the same principle but as the unit is running move it back and forth over the lens in a sweeping motions left to right to blow away the dirt and debris.

           

6. Air Blowers or Puffers – Air blowers or sometimes called Air Puffers are a favorite of many for getting rid of dust, especially in environments where dust and debris are common.

Directions for use: Squeezing the blower emits a burst of compressed air which blows away any dust. To clean your lens or screens, hold the blower above you with the lens or screen facing downwards, using light squeezes from the air blower on the lens or screen to clean it.  Repeat until the device is clear of all foreign matter.

       

Never To Do!

       

Never Blow on the camera lens with your mouth as you may unintentionally spit on the camera lens. Spit while serving a good purpose in the body does not work well for our lens or screens, spit is composed of a mucous type substance which attracts and traps dust and dirt, clogging the lens or screens up, meaning you will need to clean them more often.

Never Clean your camera lens or screens using a sharp or pointy object such as knifes or dental picks to clean around the edges or in tights spots, this may scratch the lens or screen and leave a permanent mark.

Never Clean your camera lens or screens using blunts objects such as flat head screwdrivers or tweezers to clean around edges or in tight spots, this may scratch the lens or screen and leave a permanent mark.

Never Use harse or abrasive cleaning pads, such as scouring pads, steel pads to clean your camera as you may inadvertently do damage to the camera, lens, screen, use only what your camera specs specify.

Never Use cleaning solutions which conatin hard chemicals, such as Ammonia or Bleach, the chemicals may react with the lens or screen causing it to warp or distort and even fade or dull the glass, use only what your camera specs specify.

General Cleaning

1. House Cleaning – Once monthly try dusting or vacuuming to remove dust bunnies, dirt devils, hair (human & pet), dander, dust balls and spider-webs as day-to-day dirt and grime will accumulate.  The less dirt and dust in the air the less chance that your lens will degrade over time.  A monthly cleaning around the cameras is highly recommended or at minimum twice a year, we suggest in Spring & Fall.

      

Where to purchase your camera cleaning supplies. 

Any big box store, local hardware, grocery or camera store should have most if not all these items, you can also ask your retail computer supply store who sold you the camera.

                   

They carry these types of goods and most times they carry kits designed just for these types of purposes. A far more affordable solution than that of purchasing each item individually.

       
                   

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