Spring Cleaning: Tech Edition

Keep Your Tech Clean so it Lasts Longer

They’re things you constantly use and probably can’t live without. Yet it’s highly likely that they’re the things you care for them improperly. What are we talking about? Your electronic gadgets and devices.

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Maybe you think it’s enough that you occasionally wipe off the gathering dust on your devices to keep them working well. Sure, wiping does help because at the very least, it can keep dirt and dust from accumulating. But just like everything else, there’s cleaning, and there’s cleaning properly. If you want your devices to last longer, you need to do the latter.

Here are our best tips to help you out.


For everyday cleaning…

Use a dry microfiber or lint-free cloth to wipe your device. That’s all it takes to keep the dirt and dust down… but you have to keep after it.


For weekly cleaning…

Prepare a solution composed of equal parts distilled water and isopropyl alcohol, put it in a spray bottle to avoid unnecessarily drips and spills, then shake the bottle to mix the solution.

Spray a microfiber cloth with the solution until it becomes slightly damp. ‘Slightly’ is a key word here. If the cloth becomes overly wet and some of that liquid gets into your device as you are doing your cleaning, there’s a chance you can do some damage.

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Use the cloth to wipe down your entire device, and do it gently. For hard to reach spots, use a dampened Q-Tip.

This will do more than just free your device of dirt and dust, making it clear and shiny again. The alcohol will also do a disinfecting job and rid your device of icky germs and bacteria that can make you sick.


To clean your keyboard…

Start off by dusting it with a soft brush.

Once you’ve gotten rid of the visible dirt, use a can of compressed air to clean out dirt trapped inside. Apply short bursts of air and spray gently from a distance of at least 6 inches to avoid leaving wet spots that can be damaging to your keyboard.

If there are still some dirty spots leftwards, either use a dampened Q-tip or soft microfiber cloth to wipe them off.

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To clean your earbuds or headphones…

Dampen a soft cloth with a mixture of mild dish soap and water, then use it to wipe each bud/side.

For hard-to-remove gunk like earwax, instead of just mild soap and water, dampen a soft cloth with some hydrogen peroxide. Use it to soften the gunk first, and then use a soft brush to remove the gunk.


The Don’ts in cleaning…

Don’t start cleaning until you have turned off your device. All cables should be unplugged as well. And if your device is inside a case, you’ll need to remove it from the case, of course.

Don’t use harsh chemicals because these can weaken the protective coating of your device and result in scratches or other more serious damage. Especially when it comes to touch screen devices, never ever use a glass cleaner or anything with chemicals. A slightly damp soft cloth is the best and safest thing to use.

Don’t spray a cleaning solution directly on your device because the liquid might get inside through small gaps and crevices and cause damage. Spray the solution on your cleaning cloth instead.

Don’t use paper-based products for wiping because these can cause scratches. Use a soft cloth like a microfiber towel.

Don’t apply too much pressure. Always use a gentle touch when cleaning your devices because too much pressure is bound to cause damage.

Finally, cleaning can also mean disposing of junk. And when it comes to electronic devices, it’s not as simple as throwing your gadgets in the trash to get rid of them. It’s not just harmful to the environment; electronic waste is likewise dangerous to our health. To dispose of your gadgets properly, take a look at one of our previous articles aptly titled ‘How to Dispose of your Old Tech’.


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