Dust in bellows

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Robert Brummitt, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Robert Brummitt

    Robert Brummitt Member

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    Hey there!
    I was looking at my chromes of late and found out my new Crown Graphic is very dirty inside. I usually run a damp cloth inside and use an air can to blow out dust.
    But, I was watching the tv one night and saw those Swifter dusting wanes and thought "Hey?!" I wonder if I could use that instead. The ad says it picks up all kinds of dust and conforms and fits into anything.
    What do you think? Should I buy one of those wanes and skip the wet cloth or do you clean in another way?
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  2. edtbjon

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    Whatever makes you happy... :smile:
    On a more serious note, the Swifter products (I think I know what you mean, as product names are different in Sweden or even Europe. We got something called Swiffer, which is probably the same.) sounds like a good idea, and they do attract dust like nothing else I've seen fully dry. At least around here, a pack of these kind of dusting cloths can be found for some $5 or so. I regulary use a sweeping/dusting broom which uses the same kind of "new" tech. and I seldom find use for the ol' hoover anymore, as dry-mopping takes care of it all, including what my furry pet leaves behind.
    Even though the Crown is old, why not use some new "nano-technology"...

    //Björn
     
  3. Steve Hamley

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    Try a vacuum first, then a painter's tack cloth to dislodge and catch anything the vacuum didn't, then something like a Swiffer to get in the corners. Then give it a spray with Lemon Pledge (recommended by Ken Hough). Pledge will not dissolve the glue in the bellows.

    Cheers,

    Steve
     
  4. BradS

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    when I bought my present Crown Graphic the dust inside the bellows was so thick and encrusted that I had to first disloge it from the pleats. I found a firm tooth brush was good for this purpose. Once loose, I simply vacuumed the inside with a little shop vac with the brush attachment.