Cleaning electrodes (and ruining them in the process)

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Cleaning electrodes (and ruining them in the process)

Postby H. E. Pennypacker » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:23 pm

I have gold cup electrodes which I usually clean by letting them soak in mild soapy water overnight. However, last week I forgot to take them out before going on holiday. After a week I go back to discover that in all electrodes pieces of the gold plating have peeled off. The lesson is obviously not to let your electrodes soak in water for a week. But this made me wonder if I'm reducing the life of the electrodes even by letting them soak overnight? Any advice from the more experienced users here?
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Postby zack » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:57 am

For a long time I would cook water in the microwave and then dab the leads in the water about 10 times. But recently I decided it was a pain and too easy to overcook the wires, leading the insulation to harden. So now I let them sit under hot running water for 10 minutes or so, then finish off the cleaning with we soft brush or toothbrush.

and the rest of the wire I wipe down with a sani cloth and then soak the gold cups in control 3 for 10 minutes.
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