How to Clean 3D Printer Bed

by Anthony Clark

3D printer beds require a lot of care and attention to keep them clean. When they get dirty, it can cause problems with the print quality.

How to Clean 3D Printer Bed

It's important to know how to properly maintain your 3D printer bed so that you're getting the best prints possible every time. Here are some tips for cleaning your 3d printer bed:

  1. Turn off the printer
  2. Fill a bowl with water and add dish soap to it
  3. Put on gloves before proceeding
  4. Pour some of the soapy water onto the print bed, then use your hands or a sponge to scrub away any dirt/residue
  5. Rinse out the bowl and refill it with clean water
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 until you're satisfied that all residue has been removed from your bed, then rinse out the last of the dirt in your sink before turning off your printer for good.

3D Printer Bed Cleaning: Tips & Tricks

3D Printer Bed Cleaning: Tips & Tricks
3D Printer Bed Cleaning: Tips & Tricks

3D printer bed cleaning is an important task to take care of when you want to achieve perfect prints. This article will provide 3 steps for a quick and easy way to clean your 3D printer beds.

Perform the following steps in this order:

  1. Wipe down the surface,
  2. Use compressed air, and
  3. Clean with alcohol wipes or acetone vaporization. These three simple steps will ensure that dirt doesn't build up on your 3D printer bed and cause imperfections in print quality or even worse, a mess.

I hope these tips help you keep your machine happy so it can continue helping you make great things.

Ways to clean the bed?

Printers are a wonderful invention, but they can also be a nightmare when it comes to cleaning. There is so much paper dust and ink from the printer head that it's hard to not have your clothes or hands stained when you're trying to clean one.

Here are some tips for keeping your printer bed cleaner.

  1. Get a lint roller and use it every time you go by the printer in order to get any residual dust off of clothes or furniture. This will help keep clothes clean and make sure there isn't anything on top of the printer that might catch fire later down the line if left unchecked yikes.
  2. Use compressed air cans often- these work wonders for blowing away all of those pesky bits.

Clean 3d printer bed alcohol

Clean your 3d printer bed with alcohol? Yes, you can. It's a quick and easy way to keep your prints from sticking or curling up.

Alcohol removes oils that accumulate on the print surface during printing, so it will also help with adhesion of new prints.

This is especially true for ABS prints which are notorious for being difficult to release from the build plate without warping, bubbling, or curling up at edges.

How do you unstick prints?

Remove the non-sticky side of the print and you'll be able to remove it easily.follow the step below:

  1. Remove the backing from your print
  2. Spray a small amount of water onto the back of your print
  3. Rub an object with a rough texture across the back to remove any dirt or dust
  4. Place your print face down on a flat surface and wait for it to dry completely
  5. Turn over your print, re-stick the backing, and put it in place where you want it.

Acetone to clean 3d printer bed

The 3D printer bed is a part of the system that needs to be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Over time it will get dirty, dusty, and greasy from use.

Acetone can help clean up all these dirt particles by removing grease and oil from the surface so it doesn't get onto your prints.

It also helps remove adhesives such as blue painters tape which you may have used to cover areas of the bed while printing - this is especially important if you're using PLA filament since PLA sticks strongly to many surfaces including blue painter's tape.

The best way to apply acetone is with an old toothbrush or cotton swab dipped in acetone and then scrubbed across the surface you want cleaned for.

How do you clean PLA off a print bed?

Method 01

PLA is a 3D printing filament that has been gaining in popularity, but it can be tricky to clean off of your print bed. PLA is water soluble and will dissolve when submerged in hot water, so you'll need some towels or paper towel for this process.

First step: Fill up your sink with warm water and add dish soap (or any other type of soap) to make the solution less harsh on your hands.

Second step: Soak the print bed and wipe off with a wet towel or paper towel until all the PLA is removed without leaving behind any residue.

Third Step: Rinse out the sink and dry everything with fresh towels before continuing to use your 3D printer again.

Method 02

  1. Put acetone on a rag and wipe the PLA off
  2. Tear up some paper towels to put under the print bed, then use rubbing alcohol to clean it up
  3. Run an ice cube over the PLA that's stuck on the print bed - this will help break down any adhesive properties of the material so you can remove it with ease
  4. Use a hair dryer to melt away any remaining PLA bits from your printer bed
  5. Turn off your heated build plate if you have one, or just let it cool before removing anything from it
  6. Remove all traces of PLA by wiping with isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth.


You may have seen a 3D printer in your local library or school. They are becoming more and more common as they become less expensive to purchase for the home, office, classroom, etc.

There is one thing that can cause big problems with these machines- how to clean the bed where you print objects.

The result of not cleaning it will be an eventual clog in the nozzle which renders your machine useless until fixed by someone who knows what they're doing.

Check out this article from Wikihow if you need help getting started on how to keep your 3D printing environment pristine.

About Anthony Clark

Anthony Clark has always had that wierd passion for digital drawing and printing since he was little. He would just wander around in his parents' house in Phoenix, Arizona; drawing various things with his older digital tablet. Be it just a memory collection or a portay of just about anything: object, parents, school, events, etc. He received his BA in Graphic Design at San Jose State Universiry at the heart of Silicon Valley. Now Mr. Clark is really excited to present his expeirence coupling with some colorful dips to help shape it the future of printing.

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