Household and office electronic devices have two major foes and these are dust and spills. Both can wreak havoc throughout the device and cause damage, not to mention loss of important data. Regular cleaning is the single most effective way to keep your electronics clean and working properly. Here are some basic tips on what type of cleaning maintenance your electronics require:
Dust your electronic devices as often as possible. Use a soft duster that gets into all the nooks and crannies.
Electronic device screens are notorious for picking up large amounts of dust, dirt and fingerprints. This is partially because of their electrostatic properties. Different screens require different cleaning solutions. If you aren’t sure what works best on your device screen, check manufacturer’s instructions.
Regardless of what type of screen you have, or whether you are cleaning off dust or fingerprints, listed below you will find some universal tips that should be of help:
-never spray any cleaning solution directly onto the device screen, spray the cleaner on no-lint rag and rub the screen gently using circular motions.
-don’t clean any device screens using paper towels, they are likely to cause damage, use cotton or microfiber instead.
-there are different types of screens, some are plastic filmed, others are glass, in all instances do NOT use aggressive or corrosive solvents or cleaners as they will cause extensive damage, instead use ammonia-free detergents or isopropyl alcohol cleaning solutions.
Always test your cleaning product on a small part of the screen near the bottom or in the corners.
Dealing with spills
Spills are bad news for any electronic devices. Most people are very careful not to expose their electronics to spills but sometimes accidents do happen. When a spill occurs over or under your electronic device, you need to act fast and act right. Here is what you need to know:
-switch off and unplug the device immediately after the spill has occurred, this will limit physical damage to electronic circuitry inside.
-wipe up as much of the liquid as possible using the most absorbent material you can find, in this case you are working to prevent damage so what type of cloth or towel you use is not important as long as it works.
-if the spill is small, you can either leave the device to air dry for a few days, or disassemble it for more efficient drying; don’t attempt this if you are not too familiar with the bolts and nuts of your electronics.
Note: Acidic spills such as red wine are likely to cause permanent damage.