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Cleaning Electronics - Avoiding Damage and the Right Things to Use
Published on Friday, 30 August 2013

Cleaning Electronics - Avoiding Damage and the Right Things to Use

Cleaning your electronic goods can be a very delicate process, and if you’re not careful it is easy to damage them, sometimes beyond repair, which can be an expensive mistake. In order to avoid having this problems, there are a few useful tricks and tips you can use when cleaning various electronic goods from computers to televisions.

Things to avoid

Obviously, you should never use water to clean anything electrical, although a damp cloth with all the water squeezed out can be used as a last resort, it’s far better to use proper cleaning products to avoid any damage. You should also make sure that any electrical item is turned off and unplugged before cleaning, just to be safe.

Cleaning a computer

Computers often gather dust, especially on the inside, and this can be tricky to clean without damaging any of the delicate components. Before you start cleaning, make sure the computer is turned off, and everything is disconnected. If you have a carpeted floor, place the computer on some books or other support, not directly on the carpet. This is because computer components are very sensitive to static electricity, and a static shock might be enough to blow important parts of the circuitry inside. With this in mind you should also try to avoid wearing anything that builds up static, such as wool, or wear rubber gloves when handling the computer.

To clean the interior, the best choice is a compressed air cleaner. You can find these in most computer hardware stores, and they also come in disposable cans. The air will blow all the dust out of all the components without you having to touch them at all. You can also use a vacuum, but make sure you have a suitable accessory attached and be careful not to bang any of the components. Hand held vacuums are ideal for this kind of task.

Cleaning a TV

The screen is the main part of the device that will need cleaning the most often, so make sure you are using a non-abrasive cloth, or you may scratch the screen. Again, make sure the TV is turned off and unplugged. Exactly how you should clean your TV will depend on the kind of screen you have. For older, glass screen models, then any kind of glass cleaner will work very well at getting it clean.

For LCD or similar however, you should check to see if the screen has a plastic shield or not. If so, you can simply use a very sift duster to wipe the screen clean, and dampen the cloth a little if you need more cleaning power.

Plasma screens are similar, and you should use a micro fibre cloth or something very soft. You can dampen the cloth a little if required, and this should be enough to get the job done. Make sure however, that you never use paper or kitchen towel, as this will ruin your screen. You can use similar tips fro cleaning a computer monitor too.

In general then, these tips an be used with most electrical goods, not just the ones mentioned, as long as you always remember to make sure to unplug and turn them off before hand, and to check what kind of cleaner you should use. Generally, as mentioned a damp cloth or micro fibre cloth is the best option, with compressed air good for the internal or intricate parts of a device.


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