How to Clean Electrical Contacts
Keeping your electrical contacts clean and debris free should be an important part of your regular maintenance. Proper cleaning will definitely increase the life span of your electrical devices and batteries. It is easy to clean electrical contacts and the cleaning tools are available at home.
The things that you will need are rubber gloves, plastic bowl for the cleaning solution, baking soda, tap water, sponge, stiff brush and waterproof grease.
Here are the steps in cleaning electrical contacts:
- Protect your hands while cleaning by putting on your rubber gloves. This will ensure safety and prevents possible electrical shock.
- Unplug any electrical connections on your battery or appliances.
- Get your small plastic bowl for your cleaning solution. Pour in equal parts of baking soda and tap water into the plastic bowl. Mix the baking soda solution properly.
- Apply generous amount of your baking soda solution into the electrical contacts of your appliances or batteries.
- Allow the baking soda solution to sit for few minutes to loosen any corroded substances.
- Clean the cable clamps using a stiff brush. Scrub off any corroded surface.
- Rinse off the baking soda solution with a dampen cloth. You can also use a stiff brush in removing any baking soda residue.
- Remove old batteries if possible and replace it with new ones. Attach the positive wire first into the electrical unit followed by the negative wire or grounded wire. This ensures safety and prevent short circuit.
- Apply some waterproof grease evenly on the electrical contacts. The grease prevents corrosion on your contacts and will increase the life span of you electrical appliance or battery.
- Cleaning electrical contacts should be done at least once a month or when it begins to corrode.
You can also use carbonated beverage in lieu of baking soda. Carbon content on the beverage can eat up corroded materials on your electrical contacts. You can also use soft cotton cloth in wiping off debris and gunk.