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  1. Easy Rhino

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    i was just told that to clean a tech component like my keyboard i should put it in the dishwasher? is that guy full of crap?
     
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    No I am not full of crap!!!!! :p
     
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    overclockers do it all the time, its just a matter of drying the stuff properly
     
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    yeah, could clean it faster than manual brushing
     
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    Yep, it can be done. Just make sure you pull the little battery out if you are doing it to a motherboard.
     
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    I'm assuming he meant without soap... I don't think I'd use soap.
     
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    I know it would work with soap... I just worry about leaving residue in all the little crevices. Not sure I'd be brave enough for the brushing though. There's threads about people knocking caps off cards and such all the time.
     
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    i didnt use soap.
     
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    I told him not to use soap or the heated dry cycle in case he set it on the bottom rack, metling a keyboard is bad, mmkay?
     
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    Is that what that smell is? :laugh:

    I use the dishwasher too without soap though, the hot water alone cleans very nicely
     
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    Try it and find out your self
    ask your self this how much do you trust doing some thing like this.
    me my self would NEVER put any p.c part in any dishwasher unless
    The part was just old crap i Don,t need or use any more and can live
    With out it in my life the p.c part that is lol

    Hey why not put the p.c in there all so with the flat screen monitor,
    Save you haveing two CLEAN the p.c case when the fans get dusty and stuff :laugh:
     
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    i use little soap, hot water nice to erase dust but soap help much to remove oil, just little bit :D so it will be more effective :toast:
     
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    this works fine, just make sure you let things dry properly. personally i'm not sure about using soap but cant give a specific explanation not to.

    i've done it to keyboards, floppy drives and optical drives
     
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    Optical drives? Wouldn't that be very susceptible to water spots? I mean I remember what a pain it was trying to get dreamcast discs to work sometimes, little piece of dust on the reader would screw everything up.
     
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    hmm i might try this, my keyboard is starting to look a little nasty.
     
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    Personally, I think it is a bad idea to use the dishwasher.

    1./ You cannot control temperature, it will get too hot on the dry cycle
    2./ MOST dishwashers have a "salt reservoir" even if you DONT put in soap
    3./ Any leftovers of dishwasher soap is VERY chemically abrasive

    Far easier to do the following,

    1./ Warm water in the sink or bath
    2./ Mild detergent. (Soap is OK, salt is not)
    3./ Old toothbrush
    4./ Gently clean
    5./ Leave to drip dry for a long time, then place in a warm place for a long time (not hot)

    Make sure it is 100% inside not just outside
     
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    IMHO there is nothing wrong with washing your component in dishwasher, but when you dry it, some minerals from the water might crystallise on your gadgit, causing it to short. I think its best to give it a wash down with distilled water after you splash it about in the dishwasher and dry it properly.
     
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    cough keyboard cleaned :D

    i took it apart first (no electronic parts washed) now that would be daft as just the smallest amount of water is likely to make the solder on components go crusty :shadedshu
     
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    I've done it to a power supply. Not in a dishwasher, I just gave it a proper wash before I started soldering. Just gotta let it dry properly, of course.
     
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    personally if i were to do that i'd take the mains caps out, just to be on the safe side

    i've been fried by mains caps in the past and by god do they hurt, not like 240 volts ac
     
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    I'm just a pikey-techie :laugh:
     
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