My Favorite Microscope Cleaning Pad

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My Favorite Microscope Cleaning Pad

#1 Post by ebenbildmicroscopy » Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:41 pm

I buy these 100% cotton makeup pads at Wally World for $1.98/per 100 and cannot recommend them enough. Soak them in a little ethyl ether or lens cleaning solution and you've got the perfect lens wipe. Soak them in WD-40 and you've got the perfect non-abrasive little rag for removing anything organic from the finish of any vintage microscope. Apply with a soaked pad and buff out with a dry one... incredible cleaning capability!

I HIGHLY recommend these little miracle workers to any collector!!!
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Re: My Favorite Microscope Cleaning Pad

#2 Post by Plasmid » Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:37 am

Thank you for the recommendation, so far I've been using medical grade cotton balls , the problem is that fibers tend to come loose at times but this is for the condenser and eyepices, for objectives I use sterile cotton swabs and lens paper they really help in those hard to reach places.. definitely giving those a try when the cotton balls run out.

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Re: My Favorite Microscope Cleaning Pad

#3 Post by quantum » Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:04 am

Yes, thanks a lot for that suggestion. I tend to reach for something convenient and close, which is KimWipes, but that is an expensive habit.

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#4 Post by KurtM » Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:51 am

I love tips like this one, thanks for posting!

At the risk of sounding persnickety, however, WallyWorld is a colossal store that I seldom have reason to go to; so any hints as to what department these pads may be found in would be most appreciated.
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#5 Post by quantum » Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:21 am

Kurt, I did a little "research", which means "Googling" at it appears that these little round make-up pads are an ubiquitous product, and are available at, for example, CVS rebranded a little. (This is all new to me, having never put on makeup. . .)

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Re: My Favorite Microscope Cleaning Pad

#6 Post by Sabatini » Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:40 am

My favorite, Always used them
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Re: My Favorite Microscope Cleaning Pad

#7 Post by DrPhoxinus » Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:54 pm

Kim wipes are 3.49 for a box of 280 from Staples.com

https://www.staples.com/kimtech+wipes/d ... %2520wipes

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#8 Post by KurtM » Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:21 am

quantum wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:21 am
Kurt, I did a little "research", which means "Googling" at it appears that these little round make-up pads are an ubiquitous product, and are available at, for example, CVS rebranded a little. (This is all new to me, having never put on makeup. . .)
Launching my own line of investigation I have made similar discoveries, and concur with your findings. I have never had need for cosmetics either, as my own natural beauty simply cannot be improved upon.

:P
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Re: My Favorite Microscope Cleaning Pad

#9 Post by ebenbildmicroscopy » Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:01 pm

I'm glad this has been well received! I will have to concur with Gerard that I do love Kimwipes for this same purpose. When I worked for Carolina Biological, Kimwipes was our go-to cleaner in conjunction with petroleum ether used as both a degreaser and lens cleaner. The nice thing about Kimwipes is that they are lint free. When I have to do hospital maintenance work, I'm usually allowed workspace in the main laboratory that usually also involves unlimited access to Kimwipes! They're GOOD!!
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Re: My Favorite Microscope Cleaning Pad

#10 Post by SilverWolf » Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:20 pm

I've just been using what I already had and use from my photography gear that I use on optical elements and digital camera sensors, eclipse cleaning fluid (meant to be one of the most pure optical cleaners, or so they claim but most likely just a pure methanol at a guess) with Pec pads as I get a better result with them than Kimwipes when cleaning camera sensors. I will say I'd never admitted it before but I also use pure organic cotton swabs as well that are really designed for makeup removal, lol had no idea so many others did too. :lol:

I don't often see lint left behind but if ever I do I just remove with a puffer and/or CCD/CMOS sensor brush
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Re: My Favorite Microscope Cleaning Pad

#11 Post by MichaelG. » Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:09 pm

A note for those in the U.K.

HomeBargains stores are selling a pack of 200 ‘Cotton Soft’ pads for 99p

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