My husband has a lot of electronic equipment in our living room. He wouldn’t be very happy with me if I damaged it while cleaning. We all know that dust inside our electronics can shorten their life span and even ruin them. But you need to use the proper tools and techniques to remove the dust without ruining your electronics.
Electronics with screens. Be it your flat screen TV or iPad, screens are a magnet for dust and fingerprints. One of my favorite tools for cleaning electronic screens is Windex Electronics Wipes. These are specially designed for cleaning electronics, so they have just the right amount of solution on them to clean the surface without soaking the equipment. They also won’t be abrasive or scratch like some rags or paper towels can. You don’t ever want to spray cleaner directly onto the screen. I dust the base and back of our TV with a dusting mitt twice a week.
Electronics with openings and vents. Most electronics that have vents or openings have a fan inside. That moving air creates and attracts dust that can get inside the electronic. Make sure that you dust these regularly by wiping the outside with a microfiber cloth. You can get the cloth slightly damp if a dry cloth isn’t removing the dust. If it is dirty enough that wiping the electronic will cause dust to fall into the openings, you can use a can of compressed air to blow it away and our of the electronic. Avoid vacuuming these types of electronics as not only will the vacuum store up more dust, it can create a static current.
Remotes and controllers. Remotes and game controllers can pass through many hands in a day and are magnets for bacteria. You should clean this several times a week if possible. An easy cleaning solution is to wipe them down with a disinfecting wipe like Clorox wipes. Make sure you ring any additional liquid out of the wipe before cleaning the remotes and controllers, and let them dry completely before handling them again. If you have a computer with a mouse make sure you clean that with the same regularity as remotes.
Most of your other miscellaneous electronics can be dusted with a very slightly damp microfiber cloth. Damp means that when you touch the rag, your fingers should not have any moisture on them. If any of your electronics have speakers or headphone jacks, these should periodically be cleaned out with condensed air.
With proper care and some common sense you will be able to keep your electronics dust free, and extend their life.