How to Clean Electronics so They Won't Fizzle Out

Do your electronics get clogged with dust and dirt? Of course they do. Anything that sits in our homes collects dust and dirt. When these delicate electronics get very dirty over time, their efficiency and effectiveness is going to be affected. Well, do you know how to clean them? Here are some tips to clean the technology that is in your home.

First and foremost, never, ever spray any cleaning agents directly on your electrical equipment! Always spray on a cleaning cloth and then wipe the item. Many electronics have ventilation holes and other entry points. If the spray happens to get inside, it may carry a damaging electrical discharge or cause internal short circuits and damage your equipment. Also, the running liquid on the plastic can leave drip stains on the plastic.

Whenever you are going to clean electronics equipment, you should consult the user's manual. As with all cleaning solutions, you should test the product first. Please note that isopropyl alcohol can attack some plastics and coatings causing "fogging" (discoloring) or crazing-this can be disastrous for an LCD screen. There are less reactive cleaning agents, such as those specifically created for LCD and computer monitor screens. These claim to not contain alcohol or ammonia. Some of these products may also contain additives that leave behind an anti-static layer to reduce dust accumulation. Water is always chemically safe to try first, but it is just not effective for oily grime or gummy adhesives and still needs to be tested first.

How to clean: LCDs

Once only found on notebook computers, LCDs (liquid crystal displays) have become commonplace on digital cameras, cell phones, and handheld gaming systems in addition to being employed as flat screen TVs and computer monitors. In addition to providing sharp, detailed pictures and crisp, vibrant colors, LCDs take up much less space and use less power than cathode ray tubes (CRTs). These are electronics that need special care when cleaning them.

The glass used to make an LCD is softer than that used for a CRT, however, so it is prone to scratches and requires more careful cleaning. You should never touch the screen with your hands or any hard or sharp object. Use a soft dry cotton or microfiber cloth to remove fingerprints and smudges from the screen. If the screen is especially dirty, add a few drops of white vinegar or photographic lens cleaning solution to a cloth dampened with a bit of water. Always squeeze the cloth out so that there are no drips. Never apply liquid directly to these types of electronics.

How to clean: DVD Players

Wipe off dust with an anti-static dusting cloth, Use a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol to remove fingerprints. Keep disc compartments closed in order to prevent dust collecting from inside of these devices.

How to clean: DVDs

While DVDs (Digital video discs) are quite sturdy, large amounts of dirt and oil can affect sound quality or tracking. Handle discs carefully, touching nothing but the edge or center of the disc and always return a disc to its case when not in use. As needed, dust with a soft, clean cloth. If you notice fingerprints or dirt on the surface, wipe them off with a cloth dampened in mild detergent and dry with a lint free cloth. You can also use special cleaning products, which are sold in electronics stores. When cleaning or dusting DVDs, work in straight lines from the center, never in a circular motion.

How to clean: Handheld Devices (MP3 players and PDAs)

Keep MP3 players, PDAs, and other handheld computer devices in a protective padded case when not in use. Wipe the exterior casing of the device with a lint-free or microfiber cleaning cloth slightly dampened with a bit of water. Do not spray any type of liquid directly on to the device or use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives.

Use a dry, soft cotton cloth (moistened with a few drops of water, alcohol, white vinegar, or lens-cleaning solution, if needed) to clean the display. Using a plastic screen shield can help protect a PDA's screen from scratches, and will minimize the need for cleaning. A blower brush or a can of compressed air will easily remove any loose dirt or dirt from handheld keypads. To remove oils and stuck-on residues on or between the keys, moisten a cotton swab with a little rubbing alcohol and gently wipe in a downward motion.

I certainly hope that these tips on how to clean your electronics will help you to keep your electronics clean and running at an optimal level.

Source: Personal education and experience

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