Regular dusting of your home entertainment system components isn’t just a cosmetic pick-me-up for your den or family room. Dust bunnies make excellent conductors for static electricity and even a small electrical shock can send your sensitive electronics to the repair shop or a special recycling bin. To protect your entertainment investments, practice preventative maintenance with regular dusting.
Canned Air: Use Sporadically
Canned compressed air is a great tool for spot cleaning sealed entertainment components, such as a DVD player or a video game unit with unique crevices for dust to accumulate. A quick burst of air saves you the trouble of going the Q-tip and alcohol route and doesn’t leave behind tiny cotton fibers. However, I find that canned air can be overused by the inexperienced cleaner and will force dust further into components that are easily cleaned with a microfiber cloth and alcohol. If your hand can fit in and navigate a space safely, skip the canned air – think pop-top CD players and large speakers.
If you keep the area around your home entertainment center relatively dust free by regularly cleaning, you will limit the creation of mega dust bunnies and grime. Use a standard duster spritzed with anti-static spray to dust your large surfaces, such as component tops and your actual entertainment center. Vacuum or mop around the center weekly and clean the floor space behind it with your vacuum attachments at least twice a month.
When you set up your entertainment center, do so with an eye toward cleaning. Gather your cables together with ties to facilitate regular vacuuming and consider leaving an ample gap between the back of your actual furniture or components and the wall to assist with the same.
Use Caution with the TV
Before wiping down your big screen television with a bottle of window cleaner and a paper towel, read the instruction booklet that accompanied the unit for best cleaning practices. Older glass screens handle the blue stuff well, but many newer brands will not. When in doubt, use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to wipe the screen down without leaving residue behind. Use the same cloth to wipe the plastic surface at the edge of the screen to avoid trickle down of residue from your other dusting products.
Clean the Entertainment Too
Dusting your entertainment equipment does little good if you don’t take good care of your DVDs, Blue-Ray discs, and tapes. Regularly wipe down any individual titles without cases with a clean microfiber cloth or hit them with a dose of canned air over a trash can.