Phone & Computer
Cleaning Kit Instructions
Follow these Instructions to get Phones and
FASTER than you ever thought
way to get repeat customers is to make sure they get the best
possible, and if it looks as good as it works,
they're going to
buy from you again.
NEW General Telephone Cleaner
is a concentrated detergent based cleaner that will clean ballpoint ink
and remove dirt from plastic surfaces without damaging them! Some
cleaners (and brushes/cloths) are not safe to use on plastics. Theyíll
break down the glaze on the plastic as you scrub (you can use our Telephone
Polish to shine it up).
Use NEW General Telephone Cleaner in a spray bottle with
a nice size trigger (that won't hurt your finger). These are available at
any drug or hardware store. We also have a Universal Trigger Sprayer
that you can use right in the NEW General Telephone Cleaner
or Lemon Tape & Label Remover bottles. Cut it to the right
length for that bottle.
Spray the phone or computer equipment lightly, making sure you don't
spray where the liquid will drip into the hookswitch, speaker or other
I normally remove all of the paper desis while I'm spraying. If
you don't remove the desis it will take you longer to clean the phone. It
will look very bad if the desis get wet and you don't replace them. Remove
the cleaner work on the dirt
for about 30 seconds (SECRET #1).
2. Use the Magic
Brush to clean the all of
the surfaces and crevices on the phone (SECRET #2).
Our Magic Brush works great. The secret is the
bristles - they're soft enough so they don't scratch the plastic, but firm
enough to get the dirt off the plastic, and get into the crevices and
holes that are on every phone and computer.
After using the Magic Brush, wipe the plastic with a soft
cloth or paper towel, just wiping the dirt off
instead of scrubbing it off - since the dirt has been loosened by the Cleaner
and the Brush.
The best supermarket paper towel I've found for cleaning plastic is Job
Squad. Make sure you use a soft towel that won't
scratch the plastic (very noticeable on black or dark colors). Keep in
mind that all of our Cleaners are specially formulated to clean the
phone without breaking down the glaze on the
plastic, like many other cleaners will do.
On lighter colored plastics you shouldn't have to polish it. It
should shine like new if the glaze hasn't been damaged.
To clean keyboards, make sure they're unplugged and spray lightly. Use
the Magic Brush. Foam type Q-Tips (for cosmetics) also
work well. You can also use a towel moistened with the General
Telephone Cleaner, being careful to keep the liquid from dripping
into the keyboard. Don't plug in the keyboard until itís dry!
If you have a modular replacement cord of the proper color, it's
usually cheaper and easier than cleaning the cord. If the cord isn't
modular, or is an oddball color that you can't match easily, the NEW
General Telephone Cleaner works great. I usually put a lot on a towel,
then wipe it down the cord to get it wet.
After 30 seconds, I go back and wipe it down again once or twice. This
usually works great on either straight or coiled cords. Iíve gotten good
(and fast) at putting the coils back on coiled cords after cleaning. Dick
Lavender from The Phone Shoppe in Michigan
suggests putting a wooden dowel rod down the middle of the cord, then
wiping the cord.
Another alternative is a 50/50 mix of NEW General Telephone
Cleaner and water in a large Tupperware type container or a pail. Let
the cords soak overnight and wipe them clean. Be sure to cover the
container to prevent evaporation. If you keep the container sealed, you
should be able to reuse this mix for quite a while. You have to let the
modular ends dry out before using the cords! Note that nothing will get
ink out of the cords, but this will get the dirt off.
NEW Glazit Telephone
This stuff is like magic!
Telephone Polish works great on black and
dark plastics, both shiny and textured. The Magic Brush works great with
the Polish. Buy a Can Gun at your local hardware
store, which has a big trigger that makes it easy on your finger if you're doing lots of
Spray the plastic, let it sit for 20 seconds
which lets the cleaner in the Polish work, then wipe it down with a soft
If you need to polish phones that are
really scratched or discolored, we also have an expensive Buffing Wheel
that runs at 1800 RPM so it wonít melt the plastic, along with Cloth
Buffs, and Tripoli and Rouge abrasives.
Lemon Tape &
A lot of phones and computers have
labels stuck to them!
Removing every trace of the label is easy with
& Label Remover, and it won't damage the plastic (break down the glaze) like
other chemicals will.
Soak the label with
& Label Remover, and let it sit for 30 seconds.
Tear off the top layer of the label, or the whole thing if
you can. You want to get the Lemon Tape & Label Remover into the adhesive
part of the label. It may take a couple of applications, and the Magic Brush works great
for removing labels that won't come off clean
Fingernails also come in handy, as well as the scraper end of
our Magic Brush, or a little plastic pot scraper that won't damage the
Store Lemon Tape & Label Remover in the metal can Ė it
will cause plastic bottles to "suck in."
Lemon Tape & Label Remover
can be diluted by putting 4 ounces in a gallon of water. Lemon
Tape & Label is a citrus based product that will also clean
plastics without damaging them. This citrus cleaner will actually remove
some types of sticky dirt that nothing else will!
& Utility Cleaner
This is one of the most amazing
cleaners I've ever seen!
It probably cleans plastic a little faster
than our NEW General Telephone Cleaner, but
since it's an aerosol can, it's more expensive to use.
It does an amazing job on anything
around an office, including KSUs and computers. The first time I tried it, I just wiped
the black stuff that had been accumulating around my monitor screen off in one wipe.
It also works great on glass. It really doesn't
It's also the best cleaner for car and boat vinyl tops I've
ever seen. Really amazing stuff.
STUFF IS DANGEROUS! Use it at your own risk!
KEEP VANDAL MARK REMOVER
HIDDEN IN A DESK DRAWER!
You don't want someone grabbing this can and
spraying a phone, figuring that it's a regular cleaner. It will absolutely melt the
plastic on the phone.
It will take anything off of anything that's not real porous.
We use it to get permanent marker off the bottoms of
telephones, KSU cabinets, House Boxes, 66 Blocks, and even station jacks (I'm cheap, so I
don't throw much of anything away!). Don't forget about our unique 66 Block Wire
Remover Tool, which makes it easy to recover old blocks.
Even if you're not cheap, it's great for when you made a
mistake at the top of a row of 66 Blocks, and you need to fix a lot of blocks (Don't spray
it where the punchings are, since this could change the electrical properties of the
plastic and give you problems you'd never find).
Vandal Mark Remover works great for removing
permanent marker off the
bottom of phones or computers where someone has written... BAD.
It's hard to sell something that you fixed, that still says
BAD on it!
Vandal Mark Remover will
remove the printing off of some labels, but most computer equipment has
labels with a clear coating over the printing. If someone
on that type of label, the Vandal Mark Remover will never get to
the printing, and won't damage the clear coating. Just spray
a little Vandal Mark Remover on a paper towel, and wipe the BAD
NOTE: It EATS UP
PLASTIC immediately, so DON'T spray it on
phones or computers that you
like! If you spray it on the phone, you can actually wipe off a layer of plastic
with a paper towel. It ends up looking like the skin dripping off of a monster's face in a
horror movie. Because it takes off a layer of plastic, it does take the yellowing out of a
phone, but you'd have to do a lot of buffing to get it smooth.
We tried buffing yellowed
phones in our shop, and stopped it after a day. It's real messy and time
consuming, because you have to take off so much plastic to
get below the yellowing.
FOR USING THE BURNISHING TOOL FOR CLEANING
If you have a dial or any type of key that is
sticking (from Coke etc.), use our Burnishing Tool and a little Telephone
Polish to get between the button and the frame around the button, to clean out
the gook. This is much easier than taking the dial pad apart to
clean it the right way. It works about 80% of the time, and I usually do it in the field,
right on the customer's desk (put some newspaper or cardboard down first!).
Don't use the
Burnishing Blade for cleaning contacts after cleaning out Coke! The Pen Type
Burnishing Tool comes with extra Blades in the body (remove the
screw-on metal cap).
A more traditional use of the burnishing tool is
to clean the contacts on relays and switches. Put the tool between the contacts, and operate
the switch or relay by hand to provide pressure on the contact while you move the
burnishing tool in and out (like a file). The burnishing tool has a very fine abrasive on
it, so it only removes oxidation, not metal. Use it on the contacts on the backs of dials,
on hookswitches (like 2500's, 1A2 & Merlin), on 1A2 line keys, and relays when you can
get the plastic covers off.