Besides keeping your DSLR camera from humidity, water, dust and sand, you need to maintain its pristine quality by cleaning it. Here is a guide on how to clean each part and the other camera accessories.

Camera Exterior

First, remove all the accessories attached to your camera like the lens, strap, battery, memory card and covers. This is also a perfect time to recharge the battery. Then check visually for dirt or damage on the exterior of the camera. Make the sure the lens mount is still covered when you do this. Next, wipe the body using a dry, soft cloth. You can also look around at stores for lint-free cloth made for wiping gadgets. If there are stains that cannot be removed by wiping with dry cloth, use a non-alcoholic formula to moisten the cloth. Don’t spray it on the camera surface. You can also use toothbrush if the cloth does not work. Wipe or scrub gently on the parts made of leather to avoid damaging the material.

Sensor

There is no need to clean your sensor if you don’t change it too often. But if you think it needs cleaning, you can either dry clean or wet clean your camera’s sensor. First, you have to check how much dirt it has acquired by taking a photo. That will determine what type of cleaning it needs. Then put your DSLR camera into cleaning mode or mirror lock-up, which can be accessed in the menu. Next, press the shutter release button so that the mirror slides up. Use a blower to remove the dirt. Never try to touch anything inside. If the blower hasn’t removed the dirt, take your camera to a reputable cleaning shop.

Lens

The goal of keeping your lens clean is to be able to take clear pictures and to maintain the quality of the lens itself. Wiping off dust and dirt might damage the lens so you have to be careful. The first step is to clean the surface. Other people recommend using a rubber bulb blower or a lens cleaner and lint-free cloth. If there isn’t a lot of dirt, you don’t need to wipe the surface because minimal contact is much more preferable. If you need to spray a cleaning formula for more stubborn dirt, spray it on the cloth and not directly on the lens surface.

Filter

Cleaning filters uses the same process as cleaning the lenses. First, remove the filter then gently wipe with a lint-free cloth. For stains, spray a non-alcohol formula on the cloth then wipe the moist cloth on the filter. Always use cleaning formula made specifically for cameras.

Mirror

You should never try to touch or wipe the mirror. Use the blower to clean it. If it’s not dirty, there is no need to clean the mirror. Unlike the other parts, it’s very sensitive. If you think however that it needs cleaning, contact a reputable shop that can do it for you.