It’s important to dust home electronics regularly to ensure that they don’t get a dust buildup and end up not working properly. Here are some tips on how to dust different electronics you may have in your home.
Using moisture to clean.
It’s very important to not get any moisture in any of the electronics when you are dusting. Some people choose to use a damp washcloth to wipe down electronics which can be dangerous if any of the moisture gets inside any of the electronics. There are many sprays on the market that are made specifically for electronics. If you follow the directions carefully you’ll end up with a clean electronic.
Towels and dusters.
If you are worried about using any type of moisture, including sprays designed for electronics, there are other options. You could easily use a static cling towel or feather duster to clean the dust off an electronic. Cleaning this way might still leave dust behind depending the quality of your towel or duster. If the towel or duster doesn’t pick up the dust right away you might risk just spreading the dust around and potentially making it go inside the electronic.
Canned, or compressed, air is the best way to clean the inside of an electronic. This is why every electronic store sells cans of this. It’s the safest way to clean an electronic and is the easiest. To use a can of compressed air hold the nozzle a couple inches away from the electronic you are cleaning and pull the trigger in a series of short bursts. Make sure you don’t hold the trigger down to long as it will make the can shoot out moisture, which obviously is something you don’t want. The can usually gets “cold” when it will shoot out moisture so when this happens just wait until the can becomes room temperature again before using it again.
How often should you clean?
You should try to clean your electronics at least once a week. If you let dust build up for too long it will get harder to clean. If you have animals, such as cats, that are regularly around your electronics you may need to clean more. Cat hair can easily get sucked into fans that are inside electronics. This especially is true for computers. If you can, open your computer at least once a month and clean the inside out. Animal hair can get stuck in fans which can potentially make an electronic overheat. Sometimes you can even notice a computer running faster and smoother after cleaning out the dust and animal hair from the inside. If you have a DVD or Blu-Ray player that is having a hard time reading discs it may be because of a buildup of dust. Be careful when cleaning those and do not touch the lenses when cleaning. If you bump or break the lens it will render the electronic useless.