When you rescue an old appliance -- whether from your attic or a garage sale -- the first thing to do is clean it. The dust that has inevitably settled on it is not just an allergen. If it is allowed to work its way into the interior of the appliance, it can cause it to malfunction. Dust on the casing of an appliance is easily wiped away with a dry or slightly damp rag. Dust on and in the cracks around its rubberised buttons are just as easy to remove, as long as you have the right tools.
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Things you need
- Canned air
- Cleaning solution
Unplug the appliance or remove its batteries.
Blow the dust out of the crevices around the buttons with canned air. If the dust is too embedded for the canned air to reach it, use a toothpick to pull out visible dust. Work carefully -- the rubber is easy to puncture and tear.
Brush away clinging dust from the surface and sides of the buttons with a dry toothbrush. If the dust is particularly stubborn, spray the toothbrush (never the appliance) with just enough of a mild cleaning solution to moisten it. Use the toothbrush to remove the dust, then use the canned air to blow the buttons dry.
Tips and warnings
- It is easy to remove the casing of some appliances, like remote controls. Simply remove the screws in the casing, and pry off the front plate of the casing. Underneath the casing will be the rubberised sheet that connects the buttons under the casing. Dust the sheet following the instructions above. For a more thorough cleaning, blow any dust off the circuit board and interior of the appliance.
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