When it comes to keeping a clean home, dusting can be a real pain, especially when it involves electronics and home entertainment systems. TVs, stereos, speakers, VCR’s, DVD and Blu-ray players, and game systems can be some of the trickiest items to dust as there’s always the fear of using the wrong cleaning supplies or chemicals and/or accidentally getting dust inside the devices and ruining them. Fortunately, this guide can help you make the right choices and prevent dust from accumulating in the future.
1.) Knowing How Often To Dust
The first step in keeping up with the dust in your home is to know when or how often to dust. This can really depend on a few different things and there are of course also ways to decrease the amount of time you spend on dusting your home entertainment system and electronics (more about this later). When you start to question whether or not your eyesight is leaving you while watching TV then its probably time for a good dusting. However dusting before it gets to that point is the key in keeping your electronics cleaner and dust free, and in addition doing so can also extend your electronic’s shelf life. This can be done by dusting on a regular basis rather than only dusting when you realize your home needs it.
How often one must dust really can depend on a number of things. For instance, those of us who have pets know all to well that after dusting furniture and electronics off it doesn’t take long for dust and hair to spring back up; sometimes even within the hour and especially if your furniture and electronics are a dark espresso or black color, then you’re in for a double dose of dusting fun. Homes with children will also probably need to dust more often due to fingerprints and smudging. If you have darker colored furniture or electronics or keep these items closer to windows or areas that are prone to collecting more dust then you are probably going to be dusting a lot more than someone who has no children or pets, keeps their furniture and electronics on furniture with table cloths, and away from windows. In any case, once a week or once every other week is usually a good starting point and you can increase your dusting habits as needed to maybe once or twice a week or every other day depending on your particular situation.
2.) Knowing What Types Of Cleaning Supplies To Use
Now that you know how often to dust you are going to need to know what types of cleaning supplies are best for dusting home entertainment systems and electronics. For most of these types of items a microfiber cloth will work best. These can be found at most grocery stores or can even be purchased online. While many of us enjoy using a feather duster to dust off furniture and to get into those hard to reach crannies it should be noted that this type of dusting tool is not the most efficient at removing dust completely. Other items like paper towels should also be avoided as they can be too abrasive and can actually scratch or damage your TV screens and other electronic items. Electronics can be one of the hardest things to dust, but finding the right kind of dust repellent solution can help a lot. To clean off TV and stereo screens first make sure they are turned off and then try using a mixture of one part fabric softener and four parts water. Spraying the mixture directly onto electronics can be damaging so its better to just spritz a little on a microfiber cloth to wipe the screens clean.
Dusting the shelves which house your TV’s, VCR’s, DVD’s, Blu-rays, and Cable Boxes is crucial in keeping dust away from and out of the inside of these devices. Using a cleaner specifically designed for dusting is also important and should be chosen wisely depending on what type of furniture you have. Be sure to read directions carefully and use the correct type of spray for your furniture. Just a few different types of dusting products on the market that you might consider using include Pledge, Orange Glow, Endust, and/or all natural/vegetable derived dust sprays such as Seventh Generation Wood Cleaner, and again depend on the type of wood or other surface type your furniture is. Spray the dust cleaner of your choice onto a cloth rag or microfiber cloth and wipe down the shelves on each side. Be sure to get behind and underneath any raised equipment. Gently dust the tops and sides of electronics with a clean rag. Clean wires to devices with a dry cloth only to reduce the risk of getting shocked and in order to prevent dust. Labeling them and/or tying them together can help make the dusting process easier and also save you time and hassle.
3.) Other Helpful Dusting Tools/Thinking Outside The Box
For quick touch ups you can dust with a clean dryer sheet. The anti-static properties in the dryer sheets will help keep your TV from collecting dust faster as its actually the static that attracts dust and hair to the screen in the first place. Just gently wipe the dryer sheet all over the screen to help reduce static cling and repel dust. To get dust and other debris out of computer keyboards, inside stereo devices (such as inside tape players), DVD players, speakers, etc. a compressed air device will work just fine. This type of device can also be found at your local grocery store, electronics store, or online and when used will blow dust out without damaging your system. After using compressed air devices be sure to dust the desk space or other area with a damp cloth. Pipe cleaners, Q-tips, and/or cotton swabs can be used to dust fans, computer screens, inside game cartridges, stereos, cassette players, etc. Just be sure to use extreme caution and never use pipe cleaners on electronic devices when they are turned on (Pipe cleaners have metal in them). Microfiber cloths again are the best option for dusting the screens to electronics and work great on computer screens, stereo screens, plasma or LCD TV screens.
4.) Reducing And Preventing Dust On Electronics
There are a number of preventative measures you can take to help reduce the amount of dust entering your devices. Keeping them away from windows, doors, and blowing fans can definitely help. Keeping them away from pet bedding, furniture, and areas that children and pets frequent most can help prevent the amount of dust and hair entering items as well. Cleaning and vacuuming your home on a regular basis and using a vacuum hose or brush to clean blinds, curtains, fabric lamp shades and upholstery can help reduce dust build up. Being mindful and only placing clean CD’s, DVD’s, and games into your electronics can also help keep dust and other harmful debris out of your devices. If you notice your CD, DVD, or game is dirty or smudged try cleaning it first. Refrain from smoking or brushing pets around electronics. Buying items to protect your electronics from dust is another option. Dust plug covers for items like Mac computers for instance can be purchased online at places like Amazon for as little as $1.00. Computer screen covers, keyboard covers, wire protectors and cases can help keep electronic items from collecting dust, being scratched and/or damaged.
5.) Keep Clean While Cleaning/Use Common Sense
When dusting electronics it is important to use caution and common sense. Never dust in a way that is dangerous to yourself or the electronic device. Be sure to turn off devices before dusting with a damp cloth or any type of metal tool. You definitely do not want to be electrocuted during the process. Another important step in keeping dust at bay is to stock up on microfiber cloths and use more than one when dusting for longer periods of time. Think of it this way, if you’re dusting shelves and devices with a cloth eventually that cloth is going to be covered in dust right? You don’t want to keep using it because after awhile it will only dirty items further and in turn you’ll just be making more work for yourself that way, so instead use a cloth to dust a few items and then switch it out with a brand new cloth.