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Ways to Appropriately Clean Electronic Devices

Cleaning electronics is an important part of maintenance. Not only does it help them to function properly, it also controls the spread of germs that cause serious illnesses. Fun fact: your electronic devices can harbor anything from strep and Staphylococcus to cold and flu bacteria, MRSA, norovirus, and even fecal matter. They may even be worse than a public restroom! Let’s take a look at the proper ways on how you should properly clean electronic devices.

How to Clean Electronic Devices

Normal and Touch Screens

Both normal and touch screens from televisions, tablets, mobile phones and laptops are so sensitive. Clean them with microfiber cloth by using a very light pressure. Wipe horizontally, then vertically across the screen. Dirt will be more visible on an all black or all white background. If the screen still appears dirty or greasy, use a solution of 50% distilled water and 50% vinegar. Spray onto a clean cloth and apply to a device. Wipe in the same manner. Do not turn the device on again until it is dry.

Computer Parts

The first thing to do when you are cleaning electronics like laptops and computers is to unplug them. Carefully upend the device to shake debris loose. Use an air compressor to spray between keys, and brush around them with a cotton swab. After, use a clean wet cloth to clean the keys and surfaces. Pay particular attention to frequently used keys like Enter and the space bar. Remember, alcohol should not be used on the monitor. Instead, unplug it and follow instructions as indicated in the cleaning of the touchscreen devices (above).

If your mouse is a standard laser model, you simply unplug it and gently slide it back and forth over a clean sheet of paper until no streaks appear.

DVD Players

To clean the exterior of a DVD player and buttons, use a dry microfiber cloth. This will work to remove fingerprints and germs.

Remote Controls

When cleaning remote controls, it is best to start by removing the batteries. You can use a dry toothbrush to remove the debris stuck between the control buttons. Then lightly mist a cloth with a solution that is 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% water. Keep tapping to remove excess moisture. Then wipe along sides, back and down buttons. Be careful not to allow any water to seep into the interior of the remote.

Smart Watch

Switch the watch off before cleaning. Use a solution of soap and tepid water to clean watch with a microfiber cloth. You can actually give waterproof watches a quick soap. Clean the strap vigorously with a damp cloth as they collect a lot of dirt and mildew. Be sure to be aware that your watch strap may not be waterproof even if your watch is. Avoid soaking your watch with the strap-on.

General Tips to Clean Electronic Devices

Now that you know some basic do’s and don’ts for cleaning electronics, let’s look at some general rules:

  1. Always make sure to unplug or remove the batteries from your device.
  2. Don’t use cleaners containing bleach or any abrasive chemical.
  3. Use a soft, damp, lint-free cloth to clean.
  4. Don’t take a device apart to clean the internal parts unless you know the process.
  5. Only turn your device back on when it is completely dry.

These are some basic do’s and don’ts on how to clean electronic devices. Always keep these tips in mind so your devices will work perfectly after the procedures.


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