Not only do we have to worry about germs and sickness but the dust that builds up inside our electronics make them slower, malfunction, and overheat. Pet hair and anything found floating in the air will clog up your vents and filters.
Here’s how to clean your essential tech items without damaging them:
1. Do not use household cleaners: These are too strong and can cause damage. Use Isopropyl Alcohol. It will kill germs and remove dirt without scratching or leaving behind a residue.
2. Power down: Turn your gadgets off completely and unplug them from their power source. Switch wireless keyboards, mice, etc. off underneath or remove the batteries.
3. Remove the cover: Take off as much as you can but leave screen protectors on. It you have dirt under your screen protector then it needs replacing; make sure to have a new one ready.
4. Grab a microfiber cloth: Dampen the cloth with your Isopropyl Alcohol and wipe screens and external surfaces gently. Some build-up may require extra elbow grease.
5. Go deep: You can use a toothbrush or cotton swab to clean between most cracks and openings but some areas may need more. Do not use a regular vacuum cleaner as they may suck the keys or internal parts loose. A good option might be to use a tech-specific vacuum, but many times these have low power. Probably your best bet is to use a can of compressed air to blow the dust out. You can get these at almost any store. They will come with a long nozzle so you can get in where you need to. You’ll be surprised at what and how much flies out! Do not use compressed air on your computer’s internal fans. The strength of the air can make the fan spin too fast and may damage them.
It is a good idea to blow out computer internal dust at least twice a year and to wipe down all your gadgets 1-2 times a week. This will help defend against germs and dirt.
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