Home to remove monumental grime?

From: Philip Pemberton <philpem_at_dsl.pipex.com>
Date: Wed Feb 12 01:49:00 2003

R. D. Davis wrote:
> Not sure if it's safe on circuit boards, but I've used Simple Green
> to wash the cases of computers with... worked great, no damage.
Yet another solvent/cleaner that I can't find on this side of the "Big

>> I slathered this board in contact cleaner and it didn't do anything.
>> The
> Wasn't there a thread a while back in which someone mentioned washing
> circuit boards in a dishwasher?
I know Lee Davison's done it. Only catch is, you may have to replace a few
components after cleaning it - electrolytics, etc. The trick is to take off
all the components you can (pray that the ICs are socketed), then put the
thing in on an Intensive (70 deg C IIRC) and leave it. When the dishwasher
finishes, take the board out and leave it in a warm cupboard for a week or
so, just to make sure it's dry. Reinstall the components, check for damage,
repair and power up.

>> grime just remained. If I rub it with my bare fingers then it will
>> eventually start to rub off and leave little remainders like pencil
>> eraser droppings.
> Several years ago, I used some sort of circuit board cleaner to clean
> up some very dirty circuit boards; not sure if I have any cans of this
> left, but I'll check to see if I can find out what this was.
Electrolube "Fluxclene" and straight IPA are quite good. I've used 70% IPA
to remove light dirt from PCBs, Fluxclene is insanely aggressive. It doesn't
fizz or bubble, but it removes nearly anything - it's intended to be used to
remove solder flux. And it leaves most components and plastics intact.

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