How to clean your drone

Drones have revolutionized the way we see the world, now anyone can cross the skies and see sights that were previously limited to a few.

Thanks to these devices, we can not only spend hours of fun exploring our surroundings, but they have also become essential tools for researchers, scientists, and businessmen who have been able to give them practical and innovative use.

But like every artifact, it can eventually fail if not given the properly cleaned and maintained, so here we bring you the best tips to clean your drone that will work like the first day. 

Materials and steps to clean a drone

Like any electronic device, we must be careful not to wet it excessively or immerse it in water, unless in the instructions specifies that it can do so, but in most cases, it should be avoided as much as possible as not to ruin its motors or its electronic parts.

For cleaning, maintenance we will need the following materials:

1. Cotton

2. Microfiber towels or multi-purpose paper towels

3. Cotton swabs

4. Isopropyl Alcohol

5. Screwdriver that fit the screws of your drone

6. Compressed air

7. 3-in-1 lube oil (or the one specified in the drone instructions)

Instructions for cleaning a drone

  • First of all, be sure to remove the power source, whether it uses batteries or a rechargeable battery.
  • Start removing removable parts such as propellers, the gimbal where the camera is placed, among others. Be sure to check the instructions to find out which parts can be removed and how.
  • A good practice is always to place the screws and small parts, in a container as not to lose them, and take pictures with your mobile to know how to place the pieces back.
  • Use a dry microfiber towel (if you don’t have one, you can use multipurpose paper towels) to remove dust from the surface of the drone.
  • Use the cotton swabs to reach the smallest places like the slits of the gimbal or the most difficult parts to reach with the towels.
  • If you notice any dirt that is difficult to remove on the plastic surface, you can moisten the towel lightly with the isopropyl alcohol by wringing out the excess.

Be sure to avoid non-plastic parts such as propeller motor mechanisms or metal parts.

  • To clean the engines, use the dry microfiber towels to remove any dust it may have, you can also oil it if necessary.
  • In the internal areas, you can use compressed air to remove dust and other agents.

Be sure to clean your drone at least once a month, especially if it is in constant use in areas where it can catch dust quickly.

Tips to prevent breakdowns in drones

In addition to good cleaning, it is also necessary to do maintenance to prevent future damage that can be corrected on time and easily with good habits.

Here are some basic tips:

1. Most drones use a rechargeable battery that has a certain lifespan based on the number of times it is discharged and recharged. To give it more lifespan, make sure to use the first charge to zero.

2. You can then charge up to 100%, and always make sure you do not leave it connected to the power source for a long time after it has been fully charged to avoid damaging its circuit.

3. If you use your drone infrequently and have left it completely discharge, do not store it without charging it a bit first.

4. Store your drone and its remote in a cool and free from any humidity place, you can use silica gel sachets to trap moisture. This is mandatory if you live in a very humid place.

5. Remove the batteries from the remote (or from the drone if it uses this type of power) when not in use.

6. It is advisable to use batteries with a voltage meter to ensure that the remote is always charged and does not lose contact with the drone in full flight.

And voila, with these tips you can enjoy your device longer while avoiding the typical breakdowns.