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9 April 2014

Cleaning Electronics Properly

Electronic devices can come in all shapes and sizes, from large and complicated stereo equipment to simple and sleek tablet computers. One thing they all have in common, however, is that many people are baffled when it comes to finding the right way to get them as clean as possible. With a focus on ensuring that they continue to function after the cleaning process has been completed, finding the right solution for cleaning your electronics does not have to be hard. Follow the below steps and find out just how easy it can be when you have the right tools and the right knowledge.

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Perhaps the most important step, and the one which you should attend to first, is the same for every electronic device. Make sure that the gadget is powered down and unplugged from the wall before you begin cleaning. There are a number of safety reasons as to why this is always a good idea, preventing electric shocks and short circuiting, but it also prevents the device from being incorrectly used during the cleaning process. Buttons and switches are often flicked accidently during cleaning and too many inputs can cause issues with some devices. Avoid this by powering down first thing.

One of the most common home cleaning chores people face is dusting. Getting rid of the dust which accumulates around the home can be hard enough, but it can sometimes cause electronic devices to stop working or to work with less efficiency or reliability. As such, taking the time to make sure that your gadgets are free from dust is important. Micro fibre clothes are excellent for getting into tight and tough spaces and can pick up all the dust particles which might worry you.

When cleaning anything electronic, it is very important that nothing is soaked during the process. Even though you have unplugged the device (hopefully), it is still important that you not get everything very wet as this can cause issues when turning the electricity back on. Use a damp cloth rather than a wet one, wringing the water out each time you place the cloth back in water. This will help you clean whilst at the same time preventing lasting damage. Wet wipes are also available and provide the right level of moisture without soaking devices.
One of the chief concerns which are faced by those trying to find a clean and tidy solution for their electronics relates to the cables and wires which are so often necessary for everything to run properly. In the case of stereos, it might be worth opting for longer cables, and using this extra length to take a hidden course around a room. There are products available which can take a large tangle of cables and form them into one tight group, and cable ties can be used to the same effect. Whilst not eliminating the problems entirely, it at least allows you to access areas which were previously covered in wires and clean and dust these areas accordingly.

It is a sign of the modern technologies that so many of our devices now feature touch screens. Tablets, laptops and phones are often outfitted with screens which ask for our fingertip input. This can leave marks and prints and generally add to an air of untidiness. As such, you can purchase a special mixture which provides a cleaning solution which does not damage the equipment. You can also make it yourself, by mixing together white vinegar and water in a 50:50 ratio (less vinegar if you are concerned), and then applying lightly with kitchen paper. This can help leave devices looking new and fresh.

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