The Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Electronics

03/30/2017

Electronic device

Now that we’re well into 2017, it’s safe to say that our reliance on electronics is more prevalent than ever. People are using them in so many different areas of their daily-life that it’s like they’ve become part of the family. And just as you should care for your family member, you should care for your electronics as well. Keeping them clean is one of the foundational steps you must take to ensure their longevity. Here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to cleaning your electronics:

 

  • Laptops: With all the little crevices and edges, there’s a lot of area to cover on a laptop. Not to mention all the bacteria that accumulates. Make sure you’re using a microfiber cloth and cleaning solution to wipe the screen. For the keyboard, use a brush to dust off dirt, then get a can of compressed air to force out dirt between the keys. Make sure your laptop is off while you do this. DO NOT use a vacuum or any powerful suction force on your laptop at any time.
  • Cell Phones: Again, you’ll want to use a microfiber cloth to regularly wipe away sweat and grease. Make sure your phone is off before you open the phone to clean the inside. A good disinfecting solution is to prepare 1 cup water and a few drops of vinegar or rubbing alcohol. When you’re done with the cleaning, let it dry before you turn it on again. DO NOT use any spray cleaners directly on the screen or use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. The excess heat could permanently damage your phone.
  • Cameras: Use a damp cloth to wipe the camera’s body. Remove the battery and memory card before using a soft brush to wipe away any dirt that’s collected in these crevices. For the lens, go to a camera shop and purchase a lens pen. DO NOT use a cloth to wipe the lens or use any detergents on the camera. Remember, there are a lot of sensitive and expensive parts on a camera, so if you’re having trouble or have any questions about cleaning it properly, visit your local camera shop and ask for their assistance.