As it gets closer to spring, we start to think about opening windows and letting in some warm fresh air. We also start thinking of spring cleaning, but seldom does that include the many components that make up our entertainment systems. Most of our electronics are housed in large units that are not easily moved for dusting purposes and get basic routine swipes.
Thoroughly Clean and Dust
Make it one of your spring cleaning priorities to dust all of the entertainment center and electronic gadgets. This is a good time to pull out any shelving units or big screen televisions so that you can clean behind them. I recently pulled out my large floor model big screen and goodness what a mess of dust bunnies I found living there!
If you don’t want to unhook everything, simply slide out one component as far as you can to dust behind it and beneath it. All you really need is a microfiber cleaning rag or a feather duster. Never use wet rags or any kind of cleaner unless it is designed specifically for electronics.
You can use a vacuum attachment with a soft brush to suck up the dust on the back of televisions but be very careful not to dislodge any of the plug ins. You may not know exactly where they go and will end up having no TV to watch when your work is all done.
If you have many different components sitting together the cords can become a dusty tangled mess, sort each one of them out and dust all of the cords as well. Now that they are all good and clean, it is a good idea to bind them together using slip ties, tape or whatever you have handy. Even small pieces of twine will hold them together and make them appear much neater.
Getting into Tiny Places
Running a microfiber cloth over the fronts of DVD players or stereos will remove a lot of dust but to do a thorough job you may need to find a small soft bristled paint brush. You can easily whisk the little paint brush around knobs and tiny places that the rag may get snagged on. Again, make sure the brush is soft and dry.
Dusting the TV Screen
Always make sure the television is off before you attempt to clean any part of it, especially the screen. A microfiber cloth is all you will usually need, unless you have tiny fingerprints or smudges from a young child. Some people advice that a solution of vinegar and water is safe for any TV screen, but to just slightly dampen the microfiber cloth and then dry immediately with another microfiber cloth. Never clean the TV screen with glass cleaner as it may damage it.
Once you get the entire entertainment center sparkling clean and dust free, it is just a matter of adding a quick dusting to your regular chores. It will stay a lot cleaner throughout the year with just a quick weekly dusting. That will even make your units work better and last longer.