This is the Cleaning Discussion page.

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To start this page off I've added initial headings. Feel free to add random thoughts, half-baked ideas, whatever. While editing, a line starting with an asterisk will be rendered as a bullet point. Please use generic rather than proprietary names where possible --Philip (talk) 09:56, 18 June 2022 (UTC)

Cleaning Tools and Agents

Cleaning Agents

My inital list:

  • Isopropyl Alcohol (aka IPA or rubbing alcohol)
  • Switch cleaner (commonly comes in an aerosol can)
  • Air duster can (err, not very good environmentally)

--Philip (talk) 09:56, 18 June 2022 (UTC)

Cleaning Tools

My initial list:

  • Air puffer
  • Small brushes:
    • Old toothbrush, or sets of several types.
  • Kitchen towel roll
  • Screen cleaning wipes
  • Vacuum cleaner

--Philip (talk) 09:56, 18 June 2022 (UTC)

  • eraser (American English) rubber (Australian English)
  • file (nail file?)
  • soft copper brush

--03:30, 22 June 2022 (UTC)

Cleaning Situations

My initial list:

  • Corroded battery contacts
  • Lenses
  • Cameras more generally
  • Keyboards and mice
  • Rubberised coatings gone sticky
  • Vacuum cleaners - clogged/missing filters, rollers tangled with hairs
  • USB and audio ports
  • Liquid spills
  • Sewing machines
  • Cooking grease
  • Hair dryers
  • Printers

--Philip (talk) 09:56, 18 June 2022 (UTC)

  • electronics
  • * many times the connectors build up corrosion, particularly connectors that are not gold plated.
  • * disconnecting connectors and reconnecting can clean off corrosion. (it is not always intuitive on how to disconnect!)
  • * connectors can be cleaned with (in order of severity) a tissue, an eraser(rubber), soft copper brush, electronic cleaner, emery cloth, file


Organisation and general points

Should we split any of the sections up, for example, cleaning situations into classes of device? When we've got a decent list the answer might be clearer. --Philip (talk) 09:56, 18 June 2022 (UTC)