Spring is almost upon us, and for those who live in cold regions or the east coast, we are ready for the warmer temperatures. And for some of us, when the temperatures rise, it is time to clean around the house. Though for most, spring cleaning might mean clearing the clutter around the home, it is also time to look into cleaning your home entertainment systems and other electronic equipment. Here are some tips to take care when it comes to spring cleaning your electronics:
Use feather dusters – Feather dusters such as Swifter 360 is extremely useful to help clean the accumulated dust on your TVs, speakers and DVDs. These help gather the dust without leaving scratches on the appliances.
Do not use glass cleaners on monitors – When you are wiping down your TV monitor or laptop monitors, do not use glass cleaners as these would leave scratches. Use microfibers to gently wipe down the monitors.
Use gentle cleaning solutions – We use alcohol- and ammonia-free solutions to clean the monitors. Spray some of the solution on your dry microfiber cloth and gently wipe down the screen. Do not spend too much time wiping though. I use Klear Screen cleaning liquid for cleaning my laptop monitors.
Wipe the remotes – Always remember to clean your TV remote or game controller remotes as well. Use cotton balls or Q-Tips to reach those tiny spaces to get the grim out.
Clean the storage cabinets – What good does it do to clean your home entertainment systems if the cabinets holding them are dusty! Use furniture friendly sprays to clean the dust off the counters. We always use lemon scented pledge sprays to clean wooden cabinets.
Use hand held vacuum – We have a compact hand held, battery operated vacuum to clean our electronics. I find it extremely useful to clean the keyboards to get the dust off in between the keys.
Clear up the cables – Wipe down the cables and do not leave them all over the place. Bunch them up and use some strings or rubber bands to keep the cables in place and in control.
Clean the speakers – Cleaning your speakers can be tricky especially if you have the grille type because dust tends to accumulate fast. If the grille is removable, try washing them to get the dust out else use a vacuum to suck out the dust. Then wipe it down with a wet cloth. Remember not to get the insides wet so use only a damp cloth to get the job done.