How many times have you looked at your television, computer, or other home electronic system and thought, “I should really clean the dust off?” It seems like it is a daily battle – because they are magnets for dust. The electricity within the device attracts dust like a magnet. There is no escaping it; you can only combat it.
Let’s face it, dust is – and will always – be in our lives. Even if you lock yourself in a bubble, dust exists. From skin particles to other worldly materials, it is inescapable. Here are five tips to help you keep those home entertainment systems looking like new.
#1 Purchase an all-purpose cleaner
Not all cleaners are created equal, but there are a few that allow you to use on every surface. I use Pledge’s MULTI Surface cleaner. This particular product works on wood, stainless steel, granite, porcelain, electronics, laminate, marble plastic, and glass. It traps and cleans the dust as well as the dust associated allergens to help you breathe easier. Pledge also creates wipes with the same formula so you do not have to provide the cleaning surface.
#2 Purchase a soft cloth
Microfiber or polishing cloth is the best — in my opinion. You do NOT want to use rough cloth on computer or TV screens – not even on the shiny surfaces of your electronics. The systems are delicate so use delicate cleaning supplies. The last thing you want is a large scratched screen after it is nice and clean. If the cloth is for camera lens, you can rest assured it will be perfect for your pricey investments.
#3 Location is key for limiting dust
If your electronics are trapped in a cabinet, take them out yesterday! It is important they breathe – just like you and me. The fans within these systems can keep dust out of the main components and cool the system down, but not if you are cycling the dust in an endless loop. Not to mention, they can overheat resulting in damaged goods. If you have your electronics trapped, take them out and remove as must dust from the inside as you can. Use a vacuum or canned air to blow the dust out.
#4 Dust your systems once a month
Whether the dust is inside or outside of the system, it creates a problem. Reduce this problem by using the products above to remove outside dust as well as dust bunnies trapped within the system at least once a month or as needed. Remove as many dust-causing agents away from your systems. Sometimes just a simple move from of agents can alleviate dust issues.
Have a specific dusting question or need, let me know. If the tips above are not doing the trick, maybe I can help with your specific case.