How to Clean Your Gadgets – Do’s and Don’ts

In this day and age of technology, we spend most of our waking hours using some sort of gadget or gizmo.

With the frequent touching, moving, transporting and sharing of most of our devices, the majority of us don’t consider the importance of cleaning them regularly in order to safeguard against damage, dirt or bacteria.

Here are a few tips and tricks on how to clean your gadgets to ensure cleanliness, and assist with upkeep.

  • TV’s

Most of us have our TV’s hooked up to the wall or sleekly stored on a shelf. Gone are the days of the cumbersome TV with the bulky back and hefty attachments but just because there is less TV, it doesn’t mean that we don’t have a responsibility to give it a frequent clean.

TV’s are dust magnets due to their highly static natures, so in order to keep your TV in optimum functioning condition and keeping the screen crystal clear for your film marathons here are some dutiful dusting details!

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Smart TV

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Do Not:

  • Do not use furniture polish, antibacterial wipes or water to clean your gadgets
  • Avoid using paper-style wipes such as tissues, toilet paper or paper towels as these can cause screen scratching
  • Don’t press too hard on the screen of an LCD TV as this can irreparably damage the pixels
  • Don’t spray any cleaning liquid directly onto the screen. By spraying onto a cloth first and then wiping the screen you can avoid over-using the product and you do not run the risk of excess liquid running into the components of your TV

Do: 

  • Turn off the screen as this makes it easier to see the smudges, dirt, and dust
  • Ensure that the TV is unplugged and on a flat surface / securely attached to the wall for safety
  • Use a soft and clean microfibre cloth
  • Use a specialist proprietary cleaner or a homemade mix of 50% white vinegar and 50% water
  • Touch Screens

Most gadgets these days have a touch screen function – consider your mobile phone, iPad, Smartwatches and game consoles to name but a few.

We tote a lot of these gadgets around in our everyday lives, touching them, leaving them on tables, passing them to friends – and at all times they are collecting dirt, grime, and bacteria. Hence, the reasons why you should keep your gadgets clean.

Through regular cleaning and maintenance you can keep your touchscreen device in tip-top condition and reduce the risk of personal infection or the transfer of germs. Here are some specifics about how to clean your gadgets touch screen style:

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Touch Screens

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Do Not:

  • Whilst a touch screen is generally more robust in nature than an LCD – do not apply more pressure than needed when cleaning
  • Do not clean when plugged in to charge and ensure your item is fully turned off for safety
  • Don’t spray cleaner directly onto the screen as wetting your gadget could cause damage and void any insurance or warranty

Do:

  • Use a homemade mix of 50% white vinegar and 50% water as a cleaning solution or use a specialist proprietary cleaner
  • Apply cleaning solution directly onto a clean microfibre cloth before wiping down your item
  • Turn off your gadget as this makes it easier to see any marks on the screen
  • Regularly clean your smartwatch, including the screen and strap as it can collect germs from fingers, and the strap can collect day-to-day debris
  • If you use earbud headphones with any of your devices – remember these need to be cleaned too. Wipe down with a specialist electrical wipe or a make up wipe can also work wonders on headphones too
  • Computer Mouse and Keyboard

Consider how many hours a day you spend on a computer – either at work or at home – and the comings and goings of any dust, dirt, foodstuffs, splashes of coffee etc. that your poor PC must endure on a daily basis. Keep it clean and functioning by adhering to the following:

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Keyboard and Mouse

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Do Not:

  • Don’t take apart your mouse! Most are not designed to be deconstructed and this can cause damage and void warranties
  • Do not shake or tap your keyboard to release any crumbs or bits
  • Don’t have your meals at your desk – go and have a proper break away from the screen and this will also safeguard your system from sticky fingers
  • Never use a normal household vacuum to clean your keyboard – this will destroy the delicate components

Do:

  • Invest in a keyboard protector which can be removed and properly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis
  • Be gentle: whilst you may be used to tapping and clicking away on your computer – it still houses lots of very delicate hardware. Clean your gadgets gently! Use a damp cotton bud to lightly wipe underneath the mouse and lightly around the buttons
  • Regularly ‘sweep’ your keyboard using a soft microfibre brush or duster
  • Turn off and unplug your computer, and all systems, for safety when you clean your gadgets

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