Guide to Balance Cleaning: 8 Simple Steps


Reference Paper on How to Clean a Laboratory Balance and How to Keep It Clean

Guide to Balance Cleaning: 8 Simple Steps to a Clean Balance
Guide to Balance Cleaning: 8 Simple Steps to a Clean Balance

Cleaning of a laboratory balance can be fast and easy if you know how to do it right.

A clean analytical balance or precision balance is the first step towards safe and accurate weighing. Cleaning increases user safety, reduces the risk of cross-contamination, and is the most important action to prolong instrument life.

Download the reference guide and get answers to the following frequently asked questions:

  • When should I clean my balance?
  • What material do I need, and which cleaning agents should I use?
  • How do I clean different parts of my balance?
  • Can I move my balance to clean around it?
  • What do I need to do after I have finished cleaning?

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Ideally, laboratory SOPs dictate the schedule for balance cleaning. However, after weighing – especially when weighing potentially toxic substances – make sure the balance is thoroughly cleaned to prevent exposure risks for the next operator.


Cleaning can be fast and easy with an understanding of methods and cleaning. The icing on the cake is that you can do your lab weighing on a balance that is specifically designed for easy cleaning.

For this reason, when evaluating a new balance, keep an eye on gaps and shoulders in the design and check if the draft shield can be dismantled without tools. Better yet, determine if it can be removed in just a few steps and put in the dishwasher. This helps ensure easy clean-up when spills occur.