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How To Clean Electronics Without Damaging Them

How to remove dust from the TV screen, computer monitor and form other electronic devices? If you do not want to damage them, do not grip the tissue and the window cleaner any more. We are going to tell about the correct procedures.

With most home electronics, it is not worth experimenting or using products with a different purpose, e.g. a window cleaner.  If you do not want to make more harm than good, you should follow these recommendations.


The Monitors And The TV Screens

You definitely should not use anything else then pure water and special detergents on the monitors and the TV screens. The market offers various kinds of sprays and kits for cleaning of the “black electronics” including the TVs, LCD displays and the PCs. There are also the special wipes or a very good “Swedish Cloth” with microfibers.

  1. First of all, remove the dust from the screen. Brushing or blowing with a cool air stream are the gentlest methods. You should not blow on it with your mouth, as you could splutter on the surface.
  2. If you want to use water (ideally distilled one, as the experts say), use only a very small amount and not directly on the screen (which also holds for the special cleaning liquids). Dampen a cloth with water and do not apply pressure when wiping the screen.
  3. Use a very soft microfiber cloth dampened with lukewarm, ideally distilled water. Never substitute the microfiber cloth with a paper towel, toilet paper or a normal cloth.
  4. Start the cleaning only when the TV is turned off and cool completely, as streaks always remain on a heated screen. It is best to unplug it before cleaning.

If you want to clean a screen or a monitor, special cleaners as well as an antistatic cloth are necessary, as the antistatic cloth helps to prevent dust from accumulating. When you buy a TV from a higher model series, an anti-static cloth is included. It is made of non-woven material, which prevents the adhesion of fibres to the screen.



The Plastics Of The Home Electronics

Cleaning the plastic parts of the appliances, i.e. their “boxes” is easier; you just need a soft damp cloth with a very thin solution of dishwashing liquid. However, it only applies to hard gray plastics. The shiner the plastic is, the more care it needs to avoid visible streaks from forming.

The products designated for shiny plastics are available on the market, you can get them e.g. in the motoring equipment stores because they are often found in the car interiors. On plastics, particularly on the shiny kinds, do not use any abrasive products which might scratch them. Whenever you use the wet treatment, you need to polish the surface dry completely.


The CD And The DVD Players

In addition to surface cleaning, the CD and DVD players also need an occasional cleaning of the mechanics, which get clogged with dust. It can cause skipping of the CD and a poor playback. To clean the mechanics, you can buy and use a cleaning CD. If it does not help, you should better have it cleaned by a specialist technician.

Speaking of players – it is good to clean even the discs occasionally, which means simply wiping them with a microfiber cloth. Avoid polishing them with your sweatshirt or our trousers as you could scratch them. You can also use a cleaning spray or other detergents to clean the discs.


How To Clean A Keyboard

First, disconnect the keyboard from the PC or turn the laptop off before attempting to clean it. Then turn it upside down and blow the dirt with a stream of air out. Rinse the individual keys with a cloth or a tissue with a drop of dishwashing liquid, but the cloth must never be dripping wet. The special cleaning products are available as well, such as a special “modelling clay”, which you press between the keys thus removing the dirt. You can also use a small brush.