Interior Cleaning

Keeping the interior of the aircraft clean is just as important as maintaining a clean exterior surface. Corrosion can establish itself on the inside structure to a greater degree because it is difficult to reach some areas for cleaning. Nuts, bolts, bits of wire, or other metal objects carelessly dropped and neglected, combined with moisture and dissimilar metal contact, can cause electrolytic corrosion.

When performing structural work inside the aircraft, clean up all metal particles and other debris as soon as possible. To make cleaning easier and prevent the metal particles and debris from getting into inaccessible areas, use a drop cloth in the work area to catch this debris.

A vacuum cleaner can be used to pick up dust and dirt from the interior of the cockpit and cabin.

Aircraft interior present certain problems during cleaning operations. The following is taken from The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Bulletin #410F, Aircraft Cabin Cleaning Operation.

“Basic to an understanding of the problem is the fact that aircraft cabin compartments constitute relatively small enclosures as measured by their cubic footage. This presents the possibility of restricted ventilation and the quick buildup of flammable vapor/air mixtures where there is any indiscriminate use of flammable cleaning agents or solvents. Within the same volume there may also exist the possibility of an ignition source in the form of an electrical fault, a friction or static spark, an open flame device, or some other potential introduced by concurrent maintenance work."

Wherever possible, use nonflammable agents in these operations to reduce to the minimum the fire and explosion hazards.

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