May I ask on the proper cleaning methods to remove dust from the top surface of Naim amps? As the case has a rather rough finish, most fabric cleaning cloth does not seem to be suitable for the job as the fine strands of the cloth will get stuck to the rough finish when the cloth goes over the top surface of the amp. Any other better ideas. Will a feather duster work better?
For dust, a microfiber duster or cloth should catch everything - I’ve had no issues with snagging unless using cheap rags or paper towels. For the areas around buttons and knob crevices, an air duster. For fingerprints, in the shop we used a 1:1 mix of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water with a paper tower. Anything the towel leaves is caught by the duster. However, at home I find Windex is fine for removing fingerprints with no residue.
This topic has come up in several threads and there seem to be many methods preferred by different users. As long as you are not using any detergent that is harsh on the fascia then any method that suits is fine. Naim even have a preferred brand of UK Window Cleaner - though I suspect it is just Windex with green dye instead of blue.
Thanks for the information. I will try to look for a high quality microfiber cloth. I tried using air duster to clean the tweeter and woofer of my speakers but am a little concerned as the compressed air seems to contain water in it. Perhaps a small amount of water in compressed air may not be harmful when cleaning areas around knob crevices.
I use a motorised one. Not only is it about 100x more powerful than the canned ones, but there is no risk of the straw flying off. I have that happen from time to time with the canned ones and luckily it has never fired off into a drive unit.
But if you do go the motorised route, be warned they are so much more powerful than the canned ones you do not want to fire them directly at a driver. Hit the cabinet and let the air flow over the tweeter or hold it a meter away from the tweeters. I used one to clean inside an old computer recently. Luckily I did it outside because it was like an explosion of dust in all directions.
For delicate jobs, a hairdryer on both the turbo and cold setting works too.
If it’s simply a case of removing dust, rather than dirt, dog slobber, cat wee and the like, what’s wrong with a yellow duster? I’ve owned Naim for 40 years, never used anything but a yellow duster, and all my equipment has stayed good as new. Maybe the secret is in the fact that they are always yellow.
As some others have alreay said, a damp microfibre cloth. The key is exactly how damp. So, fully wet then wring out as best you can. It us surprising what things this method can clean. No nasty chemicals required. Just water. ( the ionic properties of water make it a great solvent)