How to Clean Your Scales & Balances in 8 Easy Steps


Ensuring that you maintain the cleanliness of your scales and balances is critical for many reasons. By keeping your weighing scales clean, you prevent the risk of cross-contamination and ensure quality. You will also extend your scale’s life by maintaining it the right way. In this article, we’re going to give you a few easy steps to help keep your scales and balances clean.


When Should You Clean Your Balance?

If your business doesn’t have a standard procedure in place that says when to clean your scale, then you will have to learn when the right time is. The standard is to clean your scales right after weighing any substance. If you’re weighing meat for instance, you’ll want to clean off your scale after each weigh out. This promotes cleanliness and reduces the risk of cross-contaminations.

What Do You Need to Clean Your Balance/Scales?

There are several items you will need to clean your scales. These items include:

  • A lint-free, non-abrasive microfiber cloth
  • A soft, bristle brush
  • Tissues, napkins
  • Mild cleaning agent

You can use most commercial mild cleaning agents or detergents to clean your balance. When choosing your cleaning agent, keep an eye out for one that can maintain cleanliness without causing equipment damage. If you can, check the manufacturer’s operation manual to see if they have any cleaning agent suggestions.

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How Should You Clean Your Balances and Scales?

Cleaning your balance is easy and takes no time at all. We’re going to list out the steps you will need to take to ensure your balance is clean without any contamination.

Step 1: Wear gloves, masks, or goggles to protect yourself from coming into contact with any harmful cleaning agents.

Step 2: While leaving your balance in its normal sitting position, unplug the device to prepare for cleaning.

Step 3: Use your tissues to wipe down the area surrounding the balance.

Step 4: Refer to your manual to learn how to correctly disassemble your balance.

Step 5: Use your lint-free, non-abrasive cloth to clean any spilled substances on the balance’s surface. If you notice powder or dust, you can use your tissues or soft bristle brush. Make sure to not blow on these substances as they can spread and cause more trouble. If you see any sticky substances on your balance, then use the damp, lint-free cloth with mild solvent to clean it.

Step 6: Clean all of the removable parts with a damp tissue and cleaning agent.

Step 7: Put the balance back together. Plug it back in and make sure it’s working properly.

Step 8: Re-calibrate the balance and scale to make sure they’re having accurate readings.

Cleaning your scales and balances should be a top priority for your business. Staying on top of cleanliness will prevent contamination and possible exposure to customers or staff.

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