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Easy ways to keep electronics clean

Your computer and gadgets are harbingers of dirt and dust, but when it comes to keeping them clean, it can often be difficult to gauge to what extent the expensive items can be scrubbed. However, they are very easy to keep clean, if you do it right and use some handy tips!

TV Screen

Generally, a microfiber cloth will work to reduce smudges on the television screen. Be sure to follow manufacturer instructions for cleaning screens. Not adhering to instructions can void warranty or damage the TV.

Computer Screen

LCD screens are quite delicate, so ensure when you are cleaning them not to not be too heavy handed, as this can burn out pixels. Prior to cleaning, turn your monitor off, and use a dry microfiber cloth. Do not use anything paper based, as this can scratch the monitor. Gently wipe the screen, and if required, add some water. If there is a thicker build up, do not press hard, but utilise a 50/50 water and white vinegar mix, or – even better – a special monitor cleaner. Be sure to apply the solution to the cloth: do not spray directly on to the screen.

Computer Keyboard

If your keyboard is mildly dirty, simply blowing compressed air between the keys will remove dust. If your keyboard is very dirty, however, you may have to pop out the keys and utilise disinfectant wipes. Be sure to turn off / unplug your keyboard prior to cleaning it.

Headphones

Use a soft cloth and mild soap to clean most surfaces, including any membrane surfaces and the headphone/earbud housing.

Mobile Phone

In an ideal world, you should clean touchscreens daily, as they see a lot of unwashed hands. The cleaning process is easy, and akin to the computer monitor, a simple distilled water and vinegar solution should work to clean away smudges and marks. Touch screens are more resilient, so apply more pressure if needed. Ensure you apply liquid to the cloth, not the screen, as mobile phones have many sockets that can be easily water damaged.

Never use alcohol to clean the display. It is not only harmful, but will also leave behind spots.

Stereo speakers

Utilise a soft brush to brush the grill that covers the outside of the cabinet, removing dust and dirt. Then remove the grill by gently pulling away the Velcro or tabs, and continue to clean the inside of the speaker with a soft brush. Very gently brush the inside cones: they are made of a paper-like material and are easily damaged.

Use mild soap and water to clean the cabinet’s exterior with a rag. Gently remove all grime, finger prints, dust and dirt. Re-install the grill.