How to Clean Small Solar Panels

Small solar panels are perfect for infrequent or low electricity users. They produce just enough energy to charge pocket devices and can even power up laptops, mobile phones and small electronic gadgets when combined with solar batteries.

Does that mean their smaller size makes them easier to clean than traditional systems? The answer is yes — in fact, you can do the cleaning yourself.

How to Clean Small Solar Panels Yourself

Cleaning small-sized solar panels is more or less the same as maintaining traditional systems. When they appear dirty, you can use a blower or gently spray the surface with a hose or use a dipper and a bucket of water to wash out the dust.

Most of the time, water is enough to get rid of the dirt on the panels. However, if washing them out with plain water is not enough, you can use a cloth or non-abrasive sponge to apply soapy water and wipe over the surface.

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Top Tips to Keep in Mind

Still uncertain about how to clean small solar panels? The truth is, the best way to clean and maintain solar panels or any solar system is to call a professional. But if you do plan to do a little bit of basic cleaning, make sure you:

  • Check the manufacturer’s manual, for any specific guidelines about handling your panels
  • Use plain water to clean — avoid strong chemicals
  • Clean the panels on a cloudy day, in the early morning or evening
  • Don’t leave the system switched on when cleaning, and don’t spray the back of the panels
  • Don’t use a high-pressure water sprayer or use hard and bristled brushes over the the surface of the panels

When in doubt, contact professional solar service specialists like Easy Cool Air for help. Our team will be more than happy to help you learn how to manage your small-scale solar panels.

Questions About Solar Panels? We Got You

Inexpensive and typically portable, low-wattage solar systems are convenient methods for harnessing sunlight and generating just enough electricity for your low power requirements. They are a common and ideal solution for off-grid applications, such as motorhomes, beach huts, and boats.

But if you are looking for a system that can power up an entire household, you may want to look into bigger-scale solar panels. We can help you choose the ideal size based on your energy consumption to maximise power cost-savings and answer any concerns you may have. Get in touch with the Easy Cool Air team today.