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Best way to clean Drone and what to clean at what frequency

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I have been flying a Mavic Air for close to 6 months and am wondering what needs to be cleaned and does anyone adhere to a strict schedule for cleaning and what that might look like.
 

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i use an air puffer to blow dust etc off the drone, or you can use canned air ,i make it part of my pre flight routine at home before i go out, at the same time you can check for damage, when you check the props you will often find insect splatter on them, just get a wet wipe or some damp kitchen roll and remove it and check for any damage, the same if there is splatter on the body of the drone
 

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i use an air puffer to blow dust etc off the drone, or you can use canned air ,i make it part of my pre flight routine at home before i go out, at the same time you can check for damage, when you check the props you will often find insect splatter on them, just get a wet wipe or some damp kitchen roll and remove it and check for any damage, the same if there is splatter on the body of the drone
One of the cautions against using canned air is that the powerful force might drive particles into crevices or vents and be difficult to remove if they cause a problem.Air puffer is less powerful and less likely to do that but it might.
 
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I’ve wondered this since owning my MPP, i fly a lot over the sea and coast and I’ve always wondered if the salty sea air will have a negative effect on any of the motors or internals.

I work in aviation and when our aircraft fly below 500ft over seawater the engines require fresh water washes.

I know a drone is a lot different but I guess the principles are very similar but on a much smaller scale. Would salt crystals form in places I can’t see/reach over time?

Would my drone be getting salty air through any of the vents of in the motors? I try my best to clean the drone after each flight which is over the sea, but it’s always something that played in the back of my mind.
 
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Never gave much thought to the seawater part. I live on Long Island & at the moment my car is parked 10' above sea level & just 50' away from in inlet. I remember a product we used for computers, an electronics wash, obviously not water based but basically spayed it on & blew it off with canned air.
 

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Never gave much thought to the seawater part. I live on Long Island & at the moment my car is parked 10' above sea level & just 50' away from in inlet. I remember a product we used for computers, an electronics wash, obviously not water based but basically spayed it on & blew it off with canned air.
I suppose that could be a good idea if there was a protective coating of some sort that could be sprayed or applied to the drone, that would protect against any corrosion. I too leave my car close to the water and over time the build up of salt can be quite a lot so I can only imagine what it could potentially do to my drone over time.
 

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One of the cautions against using canned air is that the powerful force might drive particles into crevices or vents and be difficult to remove if they cause a problem.Air puffer is less powerful and less likely to do that but it might.
From a photographers point of view the real damage from canned air is the liquid propellant that can escape and splatter sensors and other internal bits and bobs.
 
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From a photographers point of view the real damage from canned air is the liquid propellant that can escape and splatter sensors and other internal bits and bobs.
The best use for canned air is to shake the can,turn it upside down and spray a fly in midair.Fly will freeze and fall and shatter on impact😂
 

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I use the vacuum to suck the dust and sometimes sand from the beach away from the drone and not blow it into openings with compressed air that doesn't seem right to me. I use the attachment with the soft bristles to loosen the particles and suck them away.
 
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i think the important thing to take from this, is keeping your drone clean is only going to help prevent issues no matter how you go about it
 
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Garden hose not a good idea . It seems that dust likes to settle in the gimble. I use a Q tip to gouge most of it out then long range canned air.
 

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