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How To Clean Weighing Scale

How To Clean Weighing Scale

Weighing scales allow you to measure the weight of any object with accuracy and precision. Today there are several types of weighing scales available in the market with specialized weighing capabilities. However, regular cleaning and maintenance are necessary to get the best output from these industrial scales at all times.

Why Is It Important To Clean Your Weighing Scale?

Cleaning your weighing scale keeps its components and electrical connections free from obstructions, allowing it to work efficiently. Additionally, regular cleaning and maintenance help you in identifying potential problems well before they become major issues and lead to scale repair. Moreover, some of the regulatory compliance requirements demand regular maintenance with the maintenance standards.

One of the easiest ways to ensure uninterrupted performance from your weighing scale is by regularly scheduled preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance also ensures equipment’s longevity. While most maintenance-related tasks are performed by professionals, there’s no reason why you can’t do it yourself.

When Should You Clean The Weighing Scale?

Have you recently had issues with your weighing scale causing measurement errors? And you haven't been able to pinpoint the precise source of the deterioration? Then it's time to thoroughly clean the scale you've been using. According to a general Thumb rule frequency of scale, cleaning depends on how often the instrument is being used, the environment where the scale is being used, what type of items it measures, etc. However, it is best to clean the weighing scale on a regular basis or if possible immediately after use. Otherwise, make a habit of cleaning your equipment at least at the end of the week or the month.

On the other hand, lab balances must be cleaned immediately after every single use in order to maintain accuracy and precision. These practices mainly prevail in industries that frequently handle hazardous substances.

Which Components of The Scale Are To Be Cleaned?

You can start cleaning with movable parts such as housing, weighing pan, drip trays if any, etc. with soft disposable tissue paper or wet cloth. As these elements can be moved around, you can also put them in a dishwasher. If not, you can also use non-abrasive microfiber cloth as well as soft bristle cleaning brushes for cleaning.

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Which Cleanser To Be Used?

Cleaning a commercial weighing scale with the appropriate cleaning solutions is possible. You can choose from a variety of cleaning solutions available on the market, depending on your weighing equipment. Cleaning can also be done using detergents or appropriate solvents, such as 70% ethanol or isopropanol. On the balance terminal, do not use abrasive cleaning products.

Now here are the steps to clean your weighing scale:

Step 1: Start With a Cleaning Procedure

Delicate weighing equipment often comes with a set of cleaning instructions. If not provided with a scale, you can write a detailed procedure for yourself. You can enlist complete cleaning procedure step by step and then follow it to the letter. This will ensure regular and appropriate cleaning of your weighing equipment.

The procedure may include the following points
  • Parts of scale to be cleaned
  • Cleaning agents to be used
  • Appropriate method of cleaning
  • How the cleaning procedure must be followed
  • Disconnect electricity supply
Disconnect the electricity supply before beginning the cleaning procedure and applying any cleaning solution to the weighing scale. This step is required to assure the cleaning technician's safety and security.

Step 2: Avoid Splashing Heaps of Water

The combination of water and electronic instruments is not a good one. Even though commercial weighing scales are made from high-quality, water-resistant materials, using large qualities of water for cleaning is not a good idea. If water droplets enter into the inner parts of the instrument it will ultimately damage your scale.

Step 3: Clean With Disposable Tissues or Soft Cloth

Clean your weighing scale with disposable tissues or soft cloth dipped in the cleaning solution. Slowly remove dirt, any residue from the material weighed. Repeat the cleaning cycle every week or at least once a month.

Step 4: Re-connect Electricity Supply

After you complete the cleaning, re-connect the scale with the main supply. Switch the scale back on and check whether it is working properly.


Regardless of the circumstances, regularly cleaning your weighing scale can help you get the most out of it. To learn more about weighing scales, feel free to contact us.