Why Clean Electronics?

The object of electronic component maintenance is to sustain the equipment’s original performance characteristics as long as possible. Particulate contamination is often the biggest contributing factor to premature electronic component failure. Common airborne contaminants eventually deposit on the interior of most electronic equipment. The installation of cooling fans on electrical equipment greatly increase the potential for internal contamination. The contaminants often have insulating characteristics which cause overheating and premature component failure. Most airborne particulate contaminants are moisture loving. This combination of particulate and airborne moisture form electrical leakage paths whose conductivity increases rapidly as moisture content increases.

As a result equipment performance can become erratic due to uncontrollable changes in atmospheric conditions. In addition most airborne particulate carry a static charge which can result in electrical problems.

In fire damage situations the particles of incomplete combustion (soot) are acidic in nature and cause highly destructive corrosion. During a fire some plastics, particularly PVC (ploy vinyl chloride), release combustion by-products known as chlorides which combine with airborne moisture and form highly corrosive hydrochloric acid.

In water damage situations a combination of pre-existing particulate soil, water borne contaminants, and even minerals in the water can cause adverse effects.