Electrical parts require regular maintenance and cleaning and brass terminal manufacturers understand this fact. They bring this tutorial guide to clean your copper contacts at home just like a pro. Read this post and find out how.
Things you require for cleaning copper contacts –
- Cotton buds
- Lint free towels
- White vinegar
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Screw driver
- Baking soda
- White eraser
- Distilled water
Copper contacts are usually installed in the things that run on battery or have to handle continuous electricity flow. Copper is a versatile metal yet it does tarnish and lose its conductivity. This happens due to battery acid or moisture and aging. Take instance of video consoles that use cartridges. You can still enhance the life of copper contacts by cleaning them properly.
- Start with initial cleaning
It is possible that copper contacts may be worn and surfaced with dirt and grime, but you should not neglect the initial cleaning part prior removing any other muck. You must wipe off the dust since it cannot be removed through alcohol. Use lint free towel for wiping.
For unreachable areas, you can take help of cotton buds.
- Rubbing alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol is mostly preferred by electricians. It is safe on metal and doesn’t conduct electricity. Moreover, you don’t need extra effort to dry it. You can take some cotton swab and dip in alcohol and start rolling the soaked tip on the copper contacts. You may need to do it several times with lots of cotton swabs to make the copper contact perfectly clean.
- Eraser use
Copper contacts may develop black scuff marks if the contacts have something inserted and removed often. This is the case of cartridge video games. Use the eraser and scrub the copper contacts harder. You will see how black streaks will be removed and the contacts will become hot from the friction. It is completely normal.
- Vinegar and salt for tough time
Removal of dirt is one thing and removal of rust and battery acid is second. You cannot use same tools for removing battery acid and rust from copper contacts. You can try vinegar and salt mix instead. For right proportion, use one cup vinegar for one teaspoon salt (adjust the amount as per your requirement).
Brass terminal manufacturers have just helped you out with cleaning of copper contacts. If you still feel lazy to do the job, call professionals!