Taking Proper Care of Your Laboratory Equipment

Many scholars and young scientists are always looking for good and quality laboratory equipment.  Their demands are getting higher every day, especially for research and analytical labs. All this equipment must ensure quality data collection so that means it must properly measure, analyze, identify and monitor different kind of samples whether they are solid, liquid or in gas form. The most wanted devices are the one that quickly provide precise and accurate results. In order to get the results as you want them – fast, precise and accurate, you must take proper care of your lab equipment. Taking proper care of your laboratory is nowadays rather a skill than a need that is expected from every scientist, physicist and chemist. In this article, we’ll show you how to do that properly.

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Lab equipment such as flasks, test tubes, scientific balances and other often hold chemical reagents and the products of major reactions,  because of that you must ensure your equipment is completely clean after use. In order to do that, you should wash it with deionized water before and after the use. Deionized water is widely used because it doesn’t have any electric charge or high/low PH. You may be wondering why you can’t use plain water, that’s because water mostly makes alterations to PH of one of the reactants. This will cause the whole experiment to fail because of faulty calculations. If your equipment isn’t clean, the next time you use it, you can produce an unwanted chemical reaction that can even be dangerous for your health and environment. Regular scientific equipment repairs and maintenance is essential for keeping your instruments clean and free of unwanted contaminants. If your equipment isn’t clean enough, you’ll also have problems of producing certain reactions, since if there is some kind of contaminant in your test tube, it can be able to neutralize one of the reactants. This will result in difficulty of initiating and maintaining certain chemical reactions. Also don’t forget to carefully dry your lab instruments after you cleaned them. You also need special cloth or towel that won’t leave any moist or other kind of residue behind.

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Maintenance will also help you be sure everything is properly weighed, analyzed and balanced for your later work and research. Also if you want to achieve the best results while running an experiment you must store all your components and reactants well. For example, some of them are being kept in special glassware, while others must be kept in the freezer and so on. If you have problems with your freezer, be sure to get help from freezer repair companies. It can be very dangerous to repair lab freezers on your own, so just leave it to the professionals.

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Laboratory Repair services are essential for fixing your broken equipment. If this happens often, the problem may be in improper handling of the equipment. If your instruments are handled roughly or stored improperly they will often develop lots of hidden cracks caused mostly by acidic elements. It is completely normal to use these components but they must be contained and handled properly. They are mostly kept in glassware. When working with these, you must be extra careful since they can burn your skin and cause serious injuries. Always check your glassware, because if it has any kind of hidden crack, sooner or later it will broke. If this happens while you’re running an experiment it can also ruin your other equipment.

Proper storage and maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment can be very simple if we just take it seriously and make a little effort.