As we move even more into the electronic age, many of us can’t be separated from our iPads, tabs, iPods and cellphones. So keeping them clean and protected from harm makes perfect sense.
Here are some of my best cleaning and caring tips for your hi-tech gadgets and home appliances.
1. Smart pad, phone or tab
House keys can scratch the surface area or remove keyboard secrets and sitting on it can break the device. Clean it with lint-free electronic wipes or fabrics used for cleaning eye glasses.
Also, never leave it out in direct sunshine or extreme cold.
2. iPod or mp3 player
Protect it in a case or holder. Think about a safety skin if you have a bigger screen design like an iPod Classic or iPod Touch. Clean it with lint-free electronic wipes or fabrics. Use an ear bud with a little rubbing alcohol (so it’s moist, not wet) around click-wheels or buttons.
Again, never leave it out in direct sunlight or extreme cold.
Equip yourself with a can of compressed air, a soft-bristled brush or a makeup brush, a pair of tweezers, lint-free fabric and a small dust-buster vacuum. Switch off the laptop and use the tweezers to carefully raise out any noticeable dust bunnies on the keyboard. It is more sanitary than utilizing your fingers.
Then gently brush the keyboard with a soft-bristled brush and empty away loose dirt. Dampen a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol to wipe the keyboard clean and then wipe it dry.
4. PC or desktop computer
Your PC keyboard collects a great deal of dirt as you work. When this develops it sticks or make the device stop working entirely.
Make use of an ear bud lightly dampened with rubbing alcohol to clean in between the keys and wipe the surface with a cloth. If you know how to remove the keys, then go ahead but bear in mind the order in which they go back on the board.
You can clean the inside of your PC or desktop computer system by removing a side panel. Before you do this check that the device is not still under service warranty, as any cleaning may void this.
Use a screwdriver to remove the panel and put the screws aside in a safe location. A can of compressed air is best for cleaning boards and components. Use brief bursts of air to clean components but be careful when cleaning fans. A fan that spins in the wrong direction can be damaged.
With these simple tips, you can make your electronic gadgets always look (and run) great. You can also greatly expand their lifespan and save a lot of money on repairs and replacements in the long run.