How to Properly Put a Microscope Away

By Susan Berg

Microscopes are used by scientists, students and hobbyists to see things that are too small to see with the naked eye. Proper care for a microscope requires that the equipment be put away properly after each time it is used. Putting a microscope away properly can be done by following a few simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Lens tissue
  • Kimwipe or other lab tissue
  • Dust cover

Step 1

Place the lowest power objective lens in place.

Step 2

Remove any slides from the stage.

Step 3

Use lens tissue to clean off each objective lens on the microscope. Use a separate piece to clean off the eyepiece(s).

Step 4

Use the coarse focus knob to lower the stage as far down as it will go.

Step 5

Clean off the stage using a Kimwipe or other tissue.

Step 6

Unplug the microscope, pulling from the plug and not the cord.

Step 7

Wrap the power cord around the bottom of the microscope.

Step 8

Cover the microscope with its dust cover.

Step 9

Place the covered microscope in its proper place in a cupboard or on a shelf.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only use lens tissue to clean the objective lenses and eyepieces. Other tissues, such as Kimwipes, can scratch lens surfaces.