One day, my boyfriend started spraying my DVD player with this strange can of something invisible. I had no idea what he was doing or why, so I asked him. When he explained to me that it was a Co2 canister and that he was spraying the dust away from my DVD player’s fragile inner workings, I realized that I really had a lot to learn about taking care of my electronics.
So now that my boyfriend and I have lived together for a while, I have learned a few tricks about dusting my home entertainment system. Here are the three best ways that I have learned to care for my TV, DVD Player, and PlayStation.
1. Regular dusting. We dust our house about every other day to every three days because I have allergies. Dusting so frequently means that the dust buildup isn’t that bad. When the dust is minimal, this is when it is okay to dust your electronics with an absorbent duster (rather than the kind that just knocks the dust around). You can find these with brand names like Swiffer, but I have seen, and used, some off-brand ones. Look for dusters with fluffy or cottony cloth, rather than the kind with the plastic strands.
2. Once a week. Roughly once a week we use q-tips to get in between little cracks and pick up what the bigger dusters haven’t. This is one of those jobs that we sometimes forget to do, but when we do remember we are always wishing we had done it sooner. You would be surprised how much dust is hiding in the ports, near the plugs, around the buttons, in the vents, etc.
3. Once a month. Around once a month, or every month and half, is when you can use the fun Co2 canister. They’re super effective. The only reason not to do it every time that you dust is because it’s not cost effective to use a Co2 canister every time that you want to dust the electronics in your living room. That is, if they gather dust even halfway as fast as mine do, you will be losing money.
Remember: When you can’t use the Co2 spray, focus on using fluffy and absorbent types of fabrics and cloths in order to keep the dust out of the inner workings of your electronics and in the trash where it belongs. Also, if you’ve never dusted your TV or DVD player before, it is a good idea to start with the Co2 spray before you move on to the other methods of dusting.