Spring is finally upon those of us in the northern hemisphere, so now’s the perfect time to give your kit a thorough spring cleaning of its own.
Clean your camera bags first
It’s really easy to overlook your camera bag when push comes to scrub, but what's the point in going to the effort of making sure your kit is squeaky clean only to put it back in a mucky bag?
Empty out the contents of your camera bag and throw away the various rubbish you’ve accumulated. If you’re anything like us, you’ll have the odd sweet wrapper and a handful of chocolate bar wrappers stuffed in a pocket somewhere. Tackle the bits of fluff, dust and crumbs at the bottom of the bag; a car vacuum cleaner is perfect for getting out all of the tricky bits. Alternatively, use some sticky tape to get the stubborn pieces hiding in the corners.
Clean your lenses
With your bag clean, you can move on to the more important stuff!
Start by cleaning your lenses. You’ll want to remove any large bits of fluff or dust using an air blower, then you can move in with a lens cleaning tissue and fluid or a pre-moistened cleaning wipe. (The Zeiss wipes do the trick.) Then, use a fine microfibre lens cloth to finish off the front element. Repeat the process with the rear element, but take extra care here, as a scratch on the rear element is often much worse than a scratch on the front. For a really detailed look at how to clean your lenses thoroughly, check out this post from the folks over at Lens Rentals.
Clean your camera body
Before jumping in and cleaning your sensor, make sure the externals on your camera are free of muck and dust. Use a microfibre cloth and give the whole thing a good wipe down and use a q-tip (cotton bud) to get in the smaller gaps.
Give your sensor a clean
There’s two main options here: either do it yourself or take it to a local camera store that will clean the sensor for you. If you don’t feel confident cleaning your own sensor, please take it to the professionals! We’re not going into this too much as it’s an entire post in itself, but to learn how to clean your sensor check out this super thorough post from Cambridge in Colour.
Clean the rest
With your camera bag, camera, and lenses clean, take the time to clean all of your accessories. Make sure to wipe any tripods or stands down thoroughly, and don’t forget your flashes or any other accessories you use.
Cleaning your gear periodically helps make your kit looking smart, plus it will help you avoid getting dust and muck on your sensor, which may be detrimental to the quality of your images.
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