Dusting is always my job around the house, partly because I enjoy it and do a good job. When it comes to dusting, it is important that you have the correct equipment for the job. I usually like to use a feather duster and a microfiber cloth for my electronics. When dust gets in your electronics, it can be harmful to components inside which means it is very important to keep them dust free. Whether it is a PC, speakers, or a TV, dust can get into any holes and crevices that your devices may have. There are many useful tips and techniques to reduce the dust within your home and keep your electronics working well.
Knowing when to dust
Knowing when to dust can be very important and depends on a lot of factors happening around your home. Dust can build up rapidly with pets and more people moving around in that living space. Having pets will cause more hairs and dander to be floating around and dust will often be kicked up from them jumping around and being excited. Children often exacerbate dust problems and are notorious for leaving finger prints and smudges on your pristine TV screen. Having a weekly regime is usually best to keep on top of the dust and make sure that it doesn’t build up to a level where it is damaging your electronic devices around your home.
Best methods and equipment to dust
There are many methods to dusting and doing the best job around your home. To keep your electronic devices healthy, there are certain pieces of equipment you can use in order to do the best job.
One of the best pieces of equipment I have found for feather dusting is ostrich feathers; these are very useful because dust naturally clings to them. A good method when dusting around the house is to always start from the top and work your way down, this method prevents any dust from being swept on the surfaces that you have already cleared.
For your television screens and computer monitors, there are screen wipes which are specifically made for screens. These wipes have a special formulated solution inside of them which makes them clean the surface very thoroughly. The best feature of these wipes is that they do not leave any smudge marks or residue on the screen. Afterwards, you could wipe the screen with anti-static dryer sheets as they will prevent the screen from conducting static which attracts the majority of the dust.
Most electronic devices have internal fans to prevent them from overheating; the downside is that this air current also draws in a lot of dust in to the device. This can cause components to corrode and not function as they should. It is very important that television units and computers are cleared of dust at least three or four times a year.
Make sure you unplug the device you wish to clean and take it to an open space so you don’t have to breathe in any dust. For cleaning these devices, I recommend using compressed air; this can be easily purchased in a spray can to spray air to clear away dust. This is very useful for cleaning out a computer as the air will not harm the components in any way and will blow the dust out of the computer. Always be sure to hold the compressed air can the correct way up; if you hold it upside down, liquid can escape from the can which can ruin your computer. Open up the computer tower and, using the compressed air, spray out the dust from all of the components. Once the dust has been fully blown out of the computer then you can take an anti-static microfiber cloth to wipe it down. This is a great way to keep your computer hardware fully functioning properly without any interference. Also note that when cleaning your microfiber cloth, do not use any softener or cleaning chemicals as it can affect its ability to pick up dust.
Compressed air can also be used to clear the fans on the back of TVs; spraying across the holes which are used to blow the air out will free the dust. You may want to use the compressed air on these holes when the TV is switched on because the added blow from the fan will help free more dust. Make sure to try and avoid blowing dust back into the device by spraying across the holes and not directly into the device.
Keeping a DVD player or CD player clean has been made much easier for today. You can purchase cleaning discs that you can place in the device to clean the headers which are used to read the disc. This will make sure that any dust in the machine is cleared from the critical components needed to function fully. Also, as an added precaution and to prevent dust getting on these components in the future, it is good practice to leave a disc in the machine to stop dust settling on the lenses.
Tips on preventing dust
Preventing dust is a good step to make it easier to clean and prevent your devices from sucking dust up. There are many prevention methods to help reduce the amount of dust in your home; these range from very simple methods to more expensive and dedicated methods of changing how you rid your home of dust. Preventing dust can be just as important as actual dusting since having a lot less dust means that you can pay less attention to cleaning the dust off of devices.
Dust usually resides around clutter; a simple method of removing dust build up can be as simple as separating decorations and ornaments to allow air to flow between them easier. In addition, reducing clutter by getting rid of knick-knacks, books, or magazines will also reduce dust build up in your home.
When vacuuming, the dust can rise and settle on other furniture and around shelves; this makes it more of a problem if you dusted before vacuuming. There are methods you can do to prevent this vicious cycle of whether to vacuum or dust first. By dusting first to allow any dust to settle on the ground, you can mist the carpet with a weak mixture of fabric softener and water. This will cause the dust to become heavier and not be defused in to the air when vacuumed; it also prevents the dust from binding to the carpet, making it a much more productive and efficient vacuuming.
Choice of fabrics around the house can effect dust production, some feather pillows leak their fluff and cause dust as well as some clothing materials. Always make sure to beat rugs and sofa cushions outside because these will always collect dust and could be spreading it just by sitting down.
The atmosphere in your home could also be a major cause of dust production, having an air amplifier can drastically reduce the amount of dust in your home. This is also the case with silica gel packets-the packets that are found in new shoes and other similar items. By placing these gel packets in places you don’t mind there being dust, you can direct the dust away from your electronics by having these placed nearby.
Another added prevention method which can help your computer is having a filter placed on the intake fan. This will make it so that the dust can’t enter the computer itself and, when it comes around to clearing the dust, you will simply have to clear the filter and have peace of mind that no dust is entering your computer.
Lastly the major key to reducing dust is to regularly dust each week. I hope you have enjoyed this guide to effectively dusting your home and saving your electronic devices.