There’s no denying it—tradespeople work in less-than-pristine conditions. With dirt, mud, paint, and other messy substances all around, spirit levels are guaranteed to get a little grimy!
If specks of dirt or dust make their way into the inner workings of a spirit level, they can interfere with the bubble’s movement, impacting its accuracy. Splatters of paint or encrusted mud around the leveling tool itself can also throw off its balance.
Dirty spirit levels can also be difficult to read, especially in poor light conditions. With a clean level, you’ll be able to easily see the bubble and take precise measurements.
The simplest way to prevent accuracy loss and extend your level’s lifespan is to clean it regularly. This approach will also save your business hundreds on repairing or replacing worn-out tools.
Spirit level cleaning tools
Cleaning a spirit level requires a few simple tools and materials you probably already have around your workspace.
- Room-temperature water
- A gentle scrubbing brush
- A soft, dry cloth
- A mild soap solution (if the level is especially dirty)
Now you have your materials ready, it’s time to get cleaning!
Best cleaning techniques for your spirit level
For general spirit level cleaning, all you’ll need to do is scrub the instrument with room-temperature water and wipe it dry with a soft cloth. We recommend cleaning after each use, especially if you work in dusty, dirty, or wet conditions.
If there’s any build-up on the instrument, scrubbing with a mild soap solution should do the trick. Avoid using any harsh abrasives or solvents as they may damage the tool.
Maintaining your spirit level of optimal performance
Along with regular cleaning, there are some additional steps you can take to keep your spirit level in tip-top shape.
- Proper storage
Storing your spirit level properly is essential for maximising its lifespan. Always store your level in a dry, cool, and dust-free location, such as inside a tool chest or toolbox.
You should also avoid exposing the instrument to extreme temperatures. Exposure can cause the metal or plastic parts to expand or contract, reducing the tool’s accuracy.
Level racks are specialised solutions designed specifically for storing levels. You can use them to store your instrument horizontally or vertically on drywall, garage door panels, bare studs, on inside a work truck. The rack will keep the level securely in place, preventing it from rattling around and becoming damaged.
Calibrating a spirit level is easy. All you need to do is set it on a known flat surface, look at the position of the bubble and flip the level 180 degrees. If the bubble falls in the same place, you’ll know the tool is accurate.
Make sure to wipe down your spirit level after every use—especially when working in dirty conditions—store it properly and calibrate it regularly to ensure optimal performance for years to come.