How to Clean Electrical Contacts

Cleaning electrical contacts is an important part of any home maintenance routine. This is a simple task that can prevent many problems from occurring later. It should be done at least once a year, or more often if the contacts are visibly dirty.

Here's how to clean electrical contact:

  1. Turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse for the circuit that you are working on. Make sure that all of your tools are properly grounded before beginning work on any electrical system.
  2. Unplug all of the items that are connected to this circuit and remove them from their sockets if possible. If they cannot be unplugged, make sure they are disconnected from power by turning off the circuit breaker or removing fuses before beginning work on any electrical system.
  3. Clean away any dirt and debris from around each individual contact using a clean cloth or paper towel dipped in rubbing alcohol (be sure not to use anything else like water because it could cause short circuits). Be sure not to touch any part of your body when cleaning these areas. However, the best option for you is the use of electrical contact cleaner.