Cleaning Electronics – Basic Advice

Cleaning ElectronicsHousehold 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:

  • Dusting

Dust your electronic devices as often as possible. Use a soft duster that gets into all the nooks and crannies.

  • Cleaning screens

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

Cleaning ElectronicsSpills 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.

Furniture – General Cleaning Advice

Furniture CleaningKeeping your furniture clean and fresh is well worth it as the pieces will look better for longer and your home’s overall interior hygiene will improve. Cleaning furniture can seem like a royal hassle at times, but some useful, no fuss tips should make the process more manageable and efficient. Here they are:

Step 1 – Remove all dust, dirt, loose bits and pieces etc. manually from cushions, seats, arm and back rests using a good dust brush. If the furniture piece has detachable parts – remove and brush those separately.

Step 2 – Vacuum the furniture pieces using the brush tip of your vacuum cleaner. Take your time and be systematic in your vacuuming. Make sure to vacuum all nooks and crannies and in between upholstery folds. Again, detachable features like arm rests and cushions are to be vacuumed separately.

Step 3 – Prepare your own detergent (optionally). Mix one part laundry detergent (liquid) to four parts of warm water and stir well. The selected laundry detergent should NOT contain bleach. Generally, about three hundred mil of the solution will be enough to clean one large furniture piece. Beat the mixture using egg whiskers or electric mixer until you get a white creamy texture i.e. thick foam – now you are ready to go.

Step 4 – Pre-test the cleaner in an out of sight area of the furniture piece you are cleaning. Apply a small amount of the solution and let it air dry. If there is no visible damage or alteration to the fabric or material, then you can move onto actual cleaning.

Step 5 – Rub the cleaning solution into the upholstery or other type of fabric finish, using a good sponge. Work in circular motions and try to apply the same pressure each time. Wipe the upholstery as you go using a soft cotton rag. Allow the detergent a few minutes to work on spots and stains and then wipe thoroughly. Let the furniture piece air dry for as long as possible.

Additional advice:

Furniture Cleaningvacuum your furniture pieces as often as possible, this will save you a lot of cleaning effort.

-if there are stubborn stains, consider using specially formulated spot cleaner but apply moderately.

-allow detachable parts such as cushions or arm rests to air dry separately to avoid mould & odours;

-specific heavy staining is best treated by qualified cleaning professionals so don’t risk any further damage if you aren’t sure how to deal with the problem.

Useful Cleaning Advices