It has been a while since I did the last Shop Tip Blog. These are blogs about some of the simple things I have discovered that make working in my shop a little easier. Today I realized that I had not mentioned how useful a Lint Roller can be.
When I have finished a build or a salvage operation on a piece of electronic equipment there is always a mess of debris, metal chips, wire snips, and solder splatter left over. To me, it is very important that none of this debris gets to the floor. The floor is cheap laminate wood and if the small bits of metal get picked up by the casters on my chair they act like little grinders and will eventually wreck my floor.
I begin my clean up by picking up the larger pieces or whisking them into the garbage. The solder splatter is scraped off the glass plate that I usually work on and saved for recycling. This leaves the glass plate and bench relatively clean but there are always smaller pieces that are left over. This is where the Shop Tip comes in.
This is an inexpensive lint roller that is intended to clean lint from clothing. I get them for $1 at the dollar store.
It is a roll of very thin sheets that have a tacky surface. When the sheet becomes saturated with debris it can be pealed off to expose a new surface. I use the roller to clean the surface of the work bench as a final touch to pickup the debris that is missed by the whisking and scraping. This has kept my floor free of caster damage.
Here is what the roller looks like after a typical use.