How do I clean a CCTV Camera

Issue

Dome Camera Maintenance

How do I clean a CCTV Box Camera

PTZ Maintenance

Will Sporekleenz harm PTZ dome cameras? 

Product Line

Pelco Cameras

Environment

  • All Pelco Cameras
  • Spectra, Esprit, Exsite
  • Sarix
  • ICS Series
  • IS Series
  • FD Series

Cause

  • Dirt or dust on a PTZ dome can cause the camera’s autofocus function to focus on the dome itself, which of course then blurs the image.
  • Light from internal camera infrared illuminators (usually a ring of infrared LEDs) is reflected back into the camera’s sensor even by very light accumulations of dust or dirt on the camera’s dome or housing faceplate.
  • Using Sporeklenz to clean the Pro series or other cameras

Resolution

Dome Camera maintenance

If there is a significant amount of dry dirt or gritty sand on the outside of the dome enclosure, use a dry soft brush to gently brush it off; or use compressed air to blow the dust off, being careful not to be too close to the camera as too much air pressure can push the dirt into the dome, creating scratches on lens and bubble.

Remove the dome bubble to access the inside of the dome and use a micro-fiber cloth to remove any dirt or dust buildup inside the enclosure.

The dome bubble of the camera must be cleaned with warm water inside and out using a soft micro-fiber cloth, as dust or dirt on either side will reduce the clarity of the image. Dry the bubble off with an extra soft micro-fiber cloth.

If there is a significant accumulation of greasy dirt on the dome bubble, wash it in warm soapy water using a micro-fiber cloth and dry it with a micro-fiber cloth.

DO NOT EVER use paper towels which may scratch the dome bubble.  Oxidation can not be removed and requires replacement.

Clean the rest of the camera, inspecting closely for insect eggs or spider webs, and replace bubble.

 

*Note*

The use of Sporeklenz will not hurt the exterior of a camera that is polyester based powder coat paint. The use of it to clean the polycarbonate bubble is not recommended; it could cause corrosion if not rinsed off completely.

 

Box Camera Maintenance

Outdoor box cameras are typically installed in enclosures that often include a fan and/or a heater, depending on the geographic location. Fans and heaters should be tested at the same time that the camera and housing are cleaned.

If there is a significant amount of dry dirt or gritty sand on the outside of the camera housing, use a dry soft brush to gently brush it off; or use compressed air to blow the dust off, being careful not to be too close to the camera as too much air pressure can push the dirt into the housing, creating scratches on lens and window.

Use warm water and a soft micro-fiber cloth to clean the window.

For greasy accumulations on the exterior of the enclosure, use warm soapy water and a micro-fiber cloth; dry off the housing with a micro-fiber cloth.

Open the housing

Open the enclosure and inspect it closely for insect eggs, spider webs or nest material. Clean the inside of the housing with a soft brush, air can, or damp cloth — taking care not to rub dirt onto the camera itself, especially the lens.

Check the wiring in the enclosure to ensure its insulation is intact and has not deteriorated for any reason, correcting any problem found.

Once in awhile you may find that a box camera lens has a fingerprint or other smudge. Use a lens-cleaning pen or cloth such as PYRAMEX Towelettes, as ordinary cleaning materials may scratch the lens or damage protective coatings.