How to Extend the Life of Your Electronics

List: Posted: 01/28/11

If you have electronics in your home, you will find that keeping them clean can be a real chore.  Your television screen or computer monitor is literally a magnet for dirt, dust, hair, and any other particles that happen to make their way into the air in your home.  If you keep your computer tower on the floor (as many people do), you'll find that the vents at the back quickly become packed with dust bunnies.  Even the common hair drier can suck in a ton of fluff, which blocks the cooling vents at the back, and before you know it, you've got a non-working hair drier. 

 

Dusting your electronics thoroughly and frequently is one of the most important tips for you to follow, as the fans that keep them cool can quickly become blocked and cause them to malfunction if you let the dust build up for too long.  Dust is a major factor in electronics failure, but with the proper care and maintenance you can keep it from becoming an issue.

When looking to clean the screens on your electronics, a great tip is to purchase special electronics screen wipes intended for just that purpose.  Many household cleaners can damage your screens, and spray cleaners can cause discoloration on your screen, ruining your item.  Paper towels are also quite abrasive and can cause scratching and pitting that will take a toll over time.

When you want your electronics to stay in good shape, you have to know how to properly maintain them.  For keyboards, a can of compressed air can get dust, food particles, and pet hair out from between your keys with relative easy.  Using a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment on the fan outputs or intakes on your game systems, televisions, and computer vents will quickly remove any dust from inside the item. 

 

Taking care of your household electronics is essential, and although it is time consuming it is highly worthwhile to clean them weekly.  The tips listed here should help keep your electronics clean and running for years to come.

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