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How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:22 am

Currently, I'm using Rasp Pi 4 as my PC. Heat from the board is always high when I access the Internet with Cr. With the top case removed, the minimum value is 50°C, and maximum value is almost 75°C. If I close the case, the board heat could easily rose up to 80°C. Therefore, I have to remove the case when it run. However, the air is quite dirty, as the result, after a mere week, my board is full of dirt.

Now we get into the main point. How should I clean Raspberry Pi?
- Can I just use tissue?
- Is liquid (like alcohol) ok to clean?
- Should I heavily wipe the board or extremely careful and lightly do it?
- etc.

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:38 am

Better to only blow air over it.
A blower brush, as used to clean optical equipment would do fine.
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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:52 am

Much will depend on the nature of the "dirt" - dust particles may blow off, but sticky smoke will require more invasive treatment.
- Should I heavily wipe the board or extremely careful and lightly do it?
Be extremely careful! The components are only held in place by solder (and a little glue)
- Can I just use tissue?
The problem with tissue is that bits can get caught on components, and either stay attached, or (worse) drag at the components.
A small, clean, paintbrush is probably better (we used to reccommend squirrel-hair, but that's not now PC)
- Is liquid (like alcohol) ok to clean?
Yes, provided you don't use too much, and make sure it's fully dry before powering yor Pi.
And be aware that liquid can find its way underneath larger components, taking polutants with it and also taking time to evaporate.

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:03 pm

@epoch1970 @Burngate
Thank you very much for sharing, I think I should go with blowing air option.

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:16 pm

Burngate wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:52 am
A small, clean, paintbrush is probably better
That's what I have always used, though mostly on PC motherboards. And often not so small; standard painter's 1/2" I find about right.

I would say "otherwise unused" rather than just "clean", but I guess it depends on how good at cleaning brushes one is and what paint has been previously used. Soft and supple is the key.

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:27 pm

Another option is one of the many "USB keyboard vacuum" you can find via google.

I use one to remove excess dust from the logic boards on the vintage computer that I look after.

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:28 pm

hippy wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:16 pm
Burngate wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:52 am
A small, clean, paintbrush is probably better
That's what I have always used, though mostly on PC motherboards. And often not so small; standard painter's 1/2" I find about right.

I would say "otherwise unused" rather than just "clean", but I guess it depends on how good at cleaning brushes one is and what paint has been previously used. Soft and supple is the key.
Unused is better. Definitely avoid brushes that have a residue of mineral spirits. If dust is settling on the Pi 4B, mounting it vertically might help.

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:03 pm

I clean my boards with a small paint brush with soft bristles
then use handy blower....
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but that is very tedious and time consuming, I dont want to do that everytime, so
these are solutions that I've found for that problem:
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protects the board from dust accumulation, and cools as well....
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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:18 am

PeterO wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:27 pm
Another option is one of the many "USB keyboard vacuum" you can find via google.

I use one to remove excess dust from the logic boards on the vintage computer that I look after.

PeterO
I've heard rumors that those cause static.
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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:53 am

Imperf3kt wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:18 am
PeterO wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:27 pm
Another option is one of the many "USB keyboard vacuum" you can find via google.

I use one to remove excess dust from the logic boards on the vintage computer that I look after.

PeterO
I've heard rumors that those cause static.
Do you know what we call people who spread rumours ?

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:32 am

Just like cleaning pc motherboards, use a compressed can or air.
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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:53 am

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Do you know what we call people who spread rumours ?
Fleetwood Mac?
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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:00 am

rpdom wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:53 am
PeterO wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:53 am
Do you know what we call people who spread rumours ?
Fleetwood Mac?
One for our older viewers :-)
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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:00 pm

PeterO wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:53 am
Imperf3kt wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:18 am
PeterO wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:27 pm
Another option is one of the many "USB keyboard vacuum" you can find via google.

I use one to remove excess dust from the logic boards on the vintage computer that I look after.

PeterO
I've heard rumors that those cause static.
Do you know what we call people who spread rumours ?

PeterO
I did not say it was fact.
I'll go see if there's any scientific evidence then, my apologies for not doing that first.


Edit:
According to this post (and some other conjecture I read elsewhere) as long as the vacuum is grounded with the device, it should be fine. A USB vacuum is grounded, so I guess I'd trust using it.

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:38 am

Another vote for compressed air.
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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:46 am

Imperf3kt wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:00 pm
PeterO wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:53 am
Imperf3kt wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:18 am

I've heard rumors that those cause static.
Do you know what we call people who spread rumours ?

PeterO
I did not say it was fact.
I'll go see if there's any scientific evidence then, my apologies for not doing that first.


Edit:
According to this post (and some other conjecture I read elsewhere) as long as the vacuum is grounded with the device, it should be fine. A USB vacuum is grounded, so I guess I'd trust using it.
https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/ques ... lectronics
The USB is only used for charging the internal battery.

"skeptics.stackexchange.com" is hardly a respected source of "scientific evidence" ! And the post author says "This, to me, sounds like a marketing gimmick." so probably not the best choice of supporting material.

And all the articles I found seem to be referring to domestic sized cleaners. I doubt that the same effects in a small hand held unit are capable of causing any trouble.

I would be more concerned about any kind of spray device creating charges as the high speed air escapes through the nozzle and then blowing them onto the target.

I provide this equally reliable source of scientific evidence :lol:
https://electronics.stackexchange.com/q ... ressed-air

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:13 am

PeterO wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:46 am
..
"skeptics.stackexchange.com" is hardly a respected source of "scientific evidence" ! And the post author says "This, to me, sounds like a marketing gimmick." so probably not the best choice of supporting material.

And all the articles I found seem to be referring to domestic sized cleaners. I doubt that the same effects in a small hand held unit are capable of causing any trouble.

I would be more concerned about any kind of spray device creating charges as the high speed air escapes through the nozzle and then blowing them onto the target.

I provide this equally reliable source of scientific evidence :lol:
https://electronics.stackexchange.com/q ... ressed-air

PeterO
+1

It is indeed possible to damage ESD sensitive devises with an air compressor or a vacuum cleaner. As stated in the IPC norm. This is why you can buy for example a ESD save vacuum cleaners.
Another example: if you have a teflon air hose and moving are it will produce static electricity.
see the triboelectric series

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:38 pm

So, in short, air blower is also no good? I didn't know that cleaning could be a science subject.

And buying a special device just for Rasp Pi will be a good reason to get earful for a month. Is a brush ok?

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:58 pm

brush is OK for me.... I dont know about the others but for me it works

horse hair brush, pig hair brush.....

but never nylon brush,
and most specially not carbon brush :mrgreen:
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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:54 pm

LTolledo wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:58 pm
and most specially not carbon brush :mrgreen:
Thanks, I didn't even know its existence :lol:

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:25 pm

Use a compressed can or air and clean it just like cleaning pc motherboards. You can also use a brush of pig or horse hair. But don't use a carbon brush. It may damage all circuits and battery.

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:28 pm

After reading all the remedies for cleaning the Pi I think the following is needed

1 / Extraction Fan to the out side

2 / A anti static board

3/ Wear a anti static earth wrist band,

4 / Fire Extinguisher

5 / Rubber mat

6 / Ware Safety Glasses

7/ Stacks of GUMMSHUN

8 / Don't forget the HARD Hat

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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:54 am

9/ Mother on speed dial?
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Re: How to clean Raspberry Pi board properly?

Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:05 am

Dishwasher (work with bike parts and I read it on the internet.)

Ultrasonic bath with IPA in it...

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