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A. Spruce
Re: Cleaning the grunge from around light switches
havanagranite wrote:

I used to clean it out with a little alcohol every once in a while. now I use 409 and kentvw's tooth brush.:D

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A dry toothbrush will knock the chunks off, a dab of surface cleaner like 409 or similar will make it sparkly clean. Avoid aerosol cleaners, you don't need or want to be shooting those things into switches and outlets. If you do want those types of solvents, then squirt them onto a paper towel or onto the toothbrush and work with them that way, don't spray them directly onto the device.

djohns
Re: Cleaning the grunge from around light switches

Spruce , there are some aerosol cleaners out there with a really high dielectric value . We're talking 15 kv or better .
Any Electrical / Electronics supply house will carry them .

Just an option .

A. Spruce
Re: Cleaning the grunge from around light switches

I understand that most of these electrical/electronic cleaners are a dielectric (non conductive to those unfamiliar with the term ), but do you really want to be driving surface grime down into a device with an aerosol, particularly when non-pressurized topical cleaners will suffice for most household situations?

Not trying to start an argument, just say'n ... :)

djohns
Re: Cleaning the grunge from around light switches

I hear you , brother . Depends on the situation . If it's strictly a cosmetic issue , go with the household cleaner . :cool:

kentvw
Re: Cleaning the grunge from around light switches

Makes note to self:

4. Pick-up hasp and padlock to install on toothbrush drawer. :eek:

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