Using/cleaning refractometer

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by aqua-nut, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    How do you clean your refractometer?

    My usual procedure to clean up before putting away is to wipe the SW off both the cover and prism. Then with a paper towel, dip some RO/DI water and wipe the cover and prism off. Lastly, one more wipe with dry towel. What else should I be doing/not doing?

    Also, if you are testing several tanks, do you clean between tests? At this point I just wipe off the cover and prism but don't clean it with RO/DI.
     
  2. xulio

    xulio Supporting Member

    I follow the same procedure other than I use paper towels to clean acrylic that I got from Tap Plastics.

    I clean in between every single test.
     
  3. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    I use the bottom of my shirt to clean off any water and put it back in the case :D
     
  4. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member


    Gotta love the honesty! Yes my t-shirt plays a part in tank maintenance, too!! :)
     
  5. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

    Same here! :p
     
  6. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Dead-on!
     
  7. HiFidelity

    HiFidelity Guest

    my "oh-sh#%" water spill accident kit comprises of a few old T-Shirts that stay somewhere near the tank, they have served me & my hardwood floor many times
     
  8. Using a regular non-digital refractometer and if there is no significant concern with cross-contamination, I would typically rinse the cover and prism with the water to be tested. In my head, this is consistent with rinsing a test tube with the water to be tested.
     
  9. bondolo

    bondolo Supporting Member

    Other than using the t-shirt method mentioned above I always make sure to rinse it with RODI before putting it away.
     

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