Have you recently experienced a fire accident? Make sure you clean your electronics.
A fire accident is the worst thing that can happen on your property. Not only is fire dangerous, but the smoke and soot it leaves behind can affect your health and belongings. Fabrics and consumer products contaminated by smoke and soot should be discarded immediately. However, discarding electronics isn’t as feasible. Therefore, electronics should be cleaned after they have been exposed to soot and smoke.
Before discussing how to clean electronics after a fire accident, let’s spare a moment and discuss how smoke and soot can damage your electronics.
- The first downside of smoke exposure for your electronics is corrosion. Soot is acidic in nature, and when it comes into contact with electronics, it causes corrosion. Corrosion not only affects the body of your appliances and electrical componentsbut also shortens their lifespan.
- Secondly, smoke and soot can result in the insulation of electronic appliances. The black layer of soot turns into a harder film with timeif it is left to stay. The formation of this dark layer can result in overheating of the appliances. Overheating can further result in the production of toxic fumes, which can cause electric failures as well as fire accidents.
- Lastly, smoke and soot can result in magnetization of the electronics. The formation of the magnetic charge canshort circuit your electronics, thus reducing their lifespan.
Up until now, we have discussed fire accidents and the harmful impacts of soot and smoke on the electronics. Now, let’s shift gears and talk about ways to clean your electronics which have already been damaged by smoke and soot.
Step # 1
Before you start cleaning your smoke-damaged electronics, make sure the electrical connections are disconnected. Furthermore, remove all the power sources, such as batteries, from the cleaning area and shift them to a dry and clean place before cleaning them. Make sure not to turn them on, until the cleaning is complete.
Step # 2
The soot film that covers your electronics should be cleaned with great care. Take a clean, soft and dry cloth, and gently rub away the coat of soot. While you are cleaning, make sure to wear a safety mask and don’t inhale any of that particulate matter.
Step # 3
Get hold of a high-quality air compressor and blow out the vents, ports and outlets.
When cleaning your smoke damaged electronics, wear gloves and a mask to ensure your safety. Make sure none of your loved ones are present at the place where the cleaning is being done. For effective cleaning, do not avoid any of the steps mentioned above, or hire a professional service.