Your electronics have a nemesis. And, no, I’m not talking about Darth Vader or another onscreen nemesis you may see pop up on your favorite DVDs or television shows…
It’s practically microscopic, sometimes difficult to see, and it can ruin your beloved — and expensive — entertainment systems. Seemingly unassuming and harmless, except perhaps to your allergies, dust can be the major culprit in rendering your devices useless well before their time should be up.
The following list presents some of the dusting products that should make your life easier with tips on the best ways to use them.
Canned air isn’t cheap, but it can allow you to free dust from those hard-to-reach areas like the tight nooks and crannies among-st your computer keys or cell buttons. Also, canned air works great on circuit boards where dust layers can cause overheating. Besides, investing a few dollars in your cleaning routine for canned air can assist in maintaining your pricey electronics. An added benefit is that those puffs of air can clean off pet hair which can easily get trapped like dust, as well.
Never spray cleaners directly on electronic devices. Spray a microfiber cloth first, and then carefully dust the outer, flatter exteriors of your electronic devices like televisions, DVD players and game consoles. Microfiber cloths trap dirt in their fibers without scratching surfaces. The dust stays trapped in the cloth instead of getting kicked back up into the air.
Foam sponges can be dipped in isopropyl alcohol to clean speaker holes and vents in speakers and computers. They don’t leave behind fibers like paper towels, regular cloths or cotton-tipped swabs, and their material is flexible to help you clean other irregular-shaped openings.
Electrostatic Cloths and Dusters
While usually pricey, electrostatic cloths and dusters easily trap dust like magnets, and you usually don’t have to clean them afterward. Unfortunately, more often that, they’re not reusable.
- An easy way to let your players or consoles dust themselves is to insert a CD/DVD/Blu Ray/Game Console Lens Cleaner disc. Purchase a VHS cleaner tape for VHS players.
- Be aware that plasma or LCD computer and television screens are too sensitive to be cleaned with regular household cleaners. Use a dry electrostatic dust-mop or microfiber cloths.
- In July 2010, Stanford University students presented a study that showed cellphones may be 18 times dirtier than a toilet handle! Wipe your phone down with special electronics wipes, a solution of alcohol and water (not for touchscreens) or purchase a UV cell phone sanitizer to disinfect it.
Try to dust most of your devices about once every couple of weeks to discourage build-up of dust layers. If you have dust allergies, you may need to dust more frequently. A bit of preventative care can extend the life of your electronics and, quite possibly, keep yourself and your family happier and healthier.
- Telecrunch.com: Ewwwww… Your Phone Is Dirtier Than A Toilet Flush Handle by John Biggs
- DIY Life: How to Clean Electronics by Cheryl Thompson