I live in a very dusty house. I was wondering what the best way to dust my exposed tubes once a week.
Ahh , Romeo Y Juliette
Using a feather duster is a simple way. but dust tends to stick to the warm/hot surfaces, so using some polish(wax free) on a cloth, NOT sprayed directly onto the case as polish + high volts not good, will bring your chrome etc up nice, Using a damp cloth with detergent does the same, but again careful of extra fluids getting where they shouldn't! You need a small brush to get into the awkward bits which'll never be as clean sadly. A 56 yr old friend saw my tube amps with exposed tubes and asked 'where's the box for them?' which is what used to be done to stop dust, but us tube guys, who are romantic about tubes, simply because we grew up in the transistor age, want to see the pretty glowing tubes, older people have far less affection for them
I get the same dust problem too, but I leave it settle for about 2-3 months and then remove all tubes when cold & dust properly,using spray polish (onto the cloth only!)and wiping away ingrained dust. Also wipe the tubes the same way, don't spray onto the casing as it may get in & cause aggro. It may look not as nice, but every week dusting will result in accidents, you will surely forget & one will crash to the floor(!) and pushing/pulling the tubes in & out so often may cause problems with wear. A thin layer of dust is preferable(IMO) to that!
Hope that helps!
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