Whether you are cleaning an entertainment system in your living room, family room, bedroom, man cave or wherever you keep your electronics, you want them to last for a long time because you invested a lot of money. If you do not take care of your electronics, they will get damaged. A good way to make your electronics last is to start with a regular cleaning schedule and stick with it. Everyone has a different level of what they consider clean. I am writing this article as a guide to assist you in keeping your home entertainment system as clean as you desire.
How Often You Should Dust TVs, CD Players, DVD Players, Stereos, Speakers, Etc.
Make a cleaning plan and stick with it. You can clean your electronics once a week, twice a week, once a month or twice a month. How often you need to clean your electronics depends on if you have children or not, if you have pets or not, if you live by a construction zone or if you smoke. If you live near a construction zone I suggest that you keep your windows and doors closed until they complete the project to make sure that all the sand and dust they create settles. If you smoke I suggest you smoke outside. If you smoke inside everything will turn yellow including the walls. Do not run a fan near an entertainment system. This will increase dust.
Dusting Tips for TVs, CD Players, DVD Players, Stereos, Speakers, Etc.
When you clean your TV make sure it is turned off and it is unplugged for safety reasons. Tie up the cords with cable ties to keep everything looking neat and organized. LCD screens need to be cleaned in a special way. Never use window cleaner, a wet cloth or straight alcohol directly on an LCD screen. You can use an electrostatic cloth or a microfiber cloth to clean an LCD screen. You want to make sure that you spray alcohol and ammonia free chemicals on a cloth or microfiber cloth first, then clean the LCD screen with the dampened cloth. Do not use paper towels or newspapers on your LCD screen you will scratch it. I use canned air to keep the speakers clean. I use pledge on the wood parts of the entertainment system. I use window cleaner on the glass doors of the entertainment system.
When I clean my CD players and DVD players I use Q-tips, cotton swabs, canned air and a compact disc laser lens cleaner. A lot of lint gathers inside CD players and DVD players. I check out a lot of CDs and DVDs from the library and they are dirty and scratched often. I use window cleaner or pledge to clean the CDs and to fix the scratches. I keep my albums for my stereo system clean with a velvet clean-sweep record purifier. It is about four inches long and it is cylinder shaped. I clean my albums so that my stereo needle last longer. You would be surprised to see how much lint gathers around the needle. I also keep a matching towel over my stereo system when I am not using it. The more you protect your things the longer they will last.
Be gentle when cleaning around cords. I wipe my cords with a dry or damp towel depending on how much dust has gathered behind my stereo. It is always a good idea to move everything away from the wall once or twice a year so that you can dust and vacuum behind the entertainment system to prevent a fire hazard. If too much dust accumulates your electronics will over heat. At the same time you can check the cords to make sure they are in good working order and there is no corrosion. Do not overload the circuit by using extension cords. I plug my electronics into a surge protector.
Ways to Get the Electronics Clean Without Getting Dust in the Device
If you stick with a regular cleaning schedule for you home entertainment system you will not have to worry about getting dust in any of the devices. If you perform routine maintenance on your electronics they will last for a long time. Follow the instructions that come with your electronics. Register your electronics with the manufacturer so that you can get emails and updates on all new information that comes out about your new products. Save the owners’ manuals and the boxes the electronics come in during the warranty period. A lot of people hook up their electronics and throw out the owners’ manuals and the boxes the electronics come in. When something goes wrong they do not have any information to read to help them so they do not know what to do. Be smart and find a place for the owners’ manuals and the boxes. It is better to be safe than sorry.