Dusting tips for the home abound. Everyone has a favorite dust spray and paper towel brand that is said to work wonders. Unfortunately, this process mostly works on furniture and non-porous surfaces. It does little good when you have a home entertainment system that features components with copious ventilation grilles. What should you do?
First Things First: Why Dust?
If you allow dust to build up inside of your electronic devices, the DVD player, cable box and other entertainment system components will no longer be able to cool properly. Computer expert Matthew Slyman has associated this dust buildup with a risk of electrical fires. Since you do not want to mess around with the potential of a house fire, cleaning your entertainment system is an important task.
Invest in the Right Cleaning Technology
The forceful suction of your standard upright vacuum cleaner is too strong for your home entertainment center’s components. You need something that is not so strong as to suck up marbles but strong – and small – enough to get into the nooks and crannies to make quick work of dust and crumbs. Dirt Devil features a product called the “Detailer.” Designed for cleaning computer keyboards, this handy tool sucks the dust off other electronic devices as well.
Install an Air Purifier
Cutting down on dust in the first place is a great way of keeping it out of your electronics! There are plenty of products on the market that focus on heavy or moderate dust remediation. The typical amount of dust that swirls in your air – pet owners and desert dwellers need a little more filtration power – determines the specs of the machine that you should consider installing in your living room.
Remember to Clean the Gaming Gear, Too!
Dust Off makes gaming gear wipes that not only remove the grime of sticky fingerprints off the controllers but also add a static-free shine to the components. After vacuuming away the loose dust, follow up with one of the wipes for best results. This prevents the movement of dust particles from the top of an appliance to the inside via the grilles.
When in Doubt, Keep it Simple!
If the dust buildup is extensive but you do not have any tools readily available, follow the advice of Consumer Reports. Their experts recommend the use of a slightly damp micro fiber cloth. Bypass the blue window cleaner and the ammonia-laden yellow spray. Instead, trust the softness of the cloth to trap and remove dust particles without scratching the surfaces. This is particularly important when you are dealing with LCD and plasma screens.