Safety tips for cleaning your electronics

Safety tips for cleaning your electronics
Everyone knows that cleaning kitchen counters, doing regular laundry and dusting and scrubbing surfaces are vital routines to keep one’s home hygienic. However, not many people are aware of how dirty electronics in the home can become. Objects like cell phones, TVs, laptops and more are often the most used items in the home, yet are not at the front of our minds when we think of home hygiene. Follow these cleaning tips for your electronics to keep them clean without risking water damage:

When cleaning electronics, use disinfectant and alcohol sparingly. Household items like keyboards, headphones, laptops, and TVs can be wiped down with ethyl or isopropyl alcohol with a gentle cloth. Always remember that the less moisture you use on electronics, the less likely water damage could occur. For this reason, it is wise to avoid pre-soaked cleaning wipes, as these are often too wet to safely clean electronic objects.

For touch screen items, it is generally advisable to avoid allowing any moisture on their screens. This is because touch screen gear is generally more vulnerable to water damage than non-touch screen electronics. Placing a screen protector on these devices is advisable as this allows one to maintain and clean your device for a shiny screen, with a lower water-damage risk.

For cleaning LCD TV screens, use a microfibre cloth and gently wipe the screen. Ensure you don’t press too hard when wiping as this can damage the pixels in the screen. Lightly damp cloths are also helpful to clean more difficult dirty spots. Use a solution of half water and half white vinegar. Avoid using paper-based towels, such as toilet paper, as this will scratch your TV screen.

Ensure that you lightly dust your gadgets on a regular basis to prevent the build-up of grime and ensure you read the manufacturers guidelines for the best cleaning methods for that particular device. 

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