When your house is a dust collector like mine, dusting a home entertainment system can be a weekly (if not a daily) task. Regular dusting is what keeps your HDTV screen clean and the components of your home entertainment systems functioning properly.
The microfiber cloths that used to clean eye glasses or sunglasses is the perfect solution for cleaning an HDTV screen as well. These cloths will wipe away the dust without scratching the screen in the process. Microfiber cloths can also be used to remove grimy fingerprints by slightly dampening them with warm water before wiping. A word of warning: be sure to shake out the cloths frequently as you dust since some of those dust particles are large enough to actually scratch the screen.
Blue Ray/DVD/VHS players
Dusting the exterior of these players is easy to do with a slightly dampened, soft cotton tee shirt. Why water instead of a product like Endust or Pledge? These products leave an oily residual behind which will make the players attract dust even faster. Water will attract the dust instead of pushing it around.
To remove dust inside of the vents or trapped in the corners, use a vacuum cleaner hose with the crevice attachment to pull dust out and away from the player. Stubborn dust particles can be brushed away using a stiff bristled artists paint brush. If you prefer using canned area to remove trapped dust, just be sure not to direct the canned air inside the player since it blow dust into the components.
A dampened q-tip can be used to clean the extended tray in both DVD and Blue Ray players. As far as dusting the interior of the players, always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions since each model uses a different type of product to clean and dust.
The handheld remotes that control your home entertainment system will also get dusty and should be cleaned regularly. A can of compressed air does an excellent job of removing surface dust along with those stubborn particles of dust and grime that collect around the buttons.
So how often should you dust your home entertainment system? As anyone with pets and kids will tell you, dusting can be a daily job. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if you see a faint line of dust on your finger after drawing it across the top of the DVD or VHS player, then it’s time to dust.
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