The Dos And Don’ts Of Cleaning Electronics

The Dos And Don’ts Of Cleaning Electronics

By : Angelina

Have you cleaned and disinfected your home thoroughly to remove germs and bacteria? While this is good for keeping you and your family safe, some devices in your home can still harbour germs. These are the electronics that you use every day, like laptops, smartphones, desktop computers, headphones and earphones, and more. In fact, according to an official study, there are 10 times more germs on your smartphone than on a toilet seat.

Besides this, some studies have found over 17,000 bacteria on your kid’s smartphone that can cause deadly diseases like Staph infections, E.coli infections, pneumonia and more.

Thus, deep-cleaning these devices properly is very important to ensure they are free of germs and bacteria.

Here are some expert tips by bond cleaning Canberra professionals on the dos and don’ts of cleaning electronics in your home: 

Do’s And Don’ts Of Cleaning Electronics

Experts who offer professional end of lease cleaning Canberra recommend that you follow the basic cleaning rules given below for your electronics before you see how to clean each device: 

Basic Cleaning Rules For Electronics

  • Never use harsh chemical solutions to clean your electronics.
  • Spray the solution onto a cloth and not directly on the device, or it could damage its electronic components and function.
  • Always turn off devices before cleaning any part.
  • Use distilled water to clean your devices, as normal water might contain minerals that could leave streaks on your devices.
  • Do not use any harsh or abrasive brushes to clean your devices.
  • Lastly, avoid using your normal vacuum cleaner to clean any electronic device, as the heat and suction could damage the device.
  • Make a multipurpose cleaner by mixing warm water and rubbing alcohol. Apply the cleaner on the electronics and let it dwell for 5 minutes.
  • Next, wipe the devices with microfibre cloths and let them air dry.
  • While cleaning screens of large TVs, desktop computers, tablets and other electrical devices, use white vinegar.
  • Make a solution of water and vinegar in equal proportions. Dampen a cloth with the solution and wipe the screens making an ‘S’ pattern to get the best results.
  • Never use ammonia to clean electronic devices as it will cause damage to the delicate plastic parts of the equipment.
  • Now that you know these basic rules, it is important to see how to clean each electronic device in detail. 

    Laptop: Do’s And Don’ts Of Cleaning

    Your laptop can easily collect dirt, dust, germs, pathogens, bacteria and dead skin cells around the keyboard. These get transferred to your body each time you touch your face after using your laptop. Thus, it is necessary that you deep clean your laptop at least once a month to remove all these harmful germs and bacteria.

    Tip:

    Besides your electronics, here are 6 things that are causing sickness.

     Dos Of Cleaning Your Laptop 

  • Switch off your laptop and unplug any extra keyboard and mouse before cleaning the device.
  • Take a dry microfiber cloth, wipe your laptop screen and keyboard in a left-to-right motion, and then clean it vertically.
  • Next, turn your keyboard upside down to remove crumbs and dust particles.
  • Use a small brush to wipe off all this dust from your keyboard, and then use a can of compressed air to blast all the dirt out.
  • Dip a microfiber cloth in 50-50 distilled water and white vinegar, and wipe your keyboard and screen.
  • Bond cleaners in Canberra also have a quick cleaning hack where you can use rubbing alcohol on a clean microfiber cloth to clean the corners and crevices of your keyboard and screen.
  •  Don’ts Of Cleaning Your Laptop 

  • Avoid eating and drinking beverages near your laptop.
  • Never keep the device on when cleaning its parts.
  • Never spray the solution directly on the screen or keyboard.
  • Never use a normal vacuum cleaner to clean the keyboard.
  • Smartphones: Do’s And Don’ts Of Cleaning

    Your smartphone is one of the most germ-prone electronics in your home and has more germs than your toilet seat. Thus, cleaning your smartphones regularly and deep cleaning all parts once a week is very important. This is especially important to prevent the spread of deadly infections like COVID-19 in Canberra, which is still spreading rapidly.

    Do’s Of Cleaning Your Smartphone 

    • Use a dry microfiber cloth to clean your smartphone from left to right to eliminate dirt effectively.
    • Next, switch off your cell phone and take out the battery and SIM card before cleaning the internal parts.
    • Use a brush to dust your internal parts and clean the corners and crevices.
    • To deep clean the screen, spray 50-50 vinegar and distilled water on a microfiber cloth and clean your screen and the back cover.
    • Next, wipe your plastic phone cover with a damp cloth, and if it is silicone based, soak it in warm soapy water and then let it dry.
    • Tip:

      Besides your smartphone, here are 10 uses of vinegar in cleaning.

      Don’ts Of Cleaning Your Smartphone 

    • Never turn on your smartphone or put the battery in while cleaning.
    • Never use a dryer to dry your phone, as the heat can damage the internal circuits of your phone. 
    • Don’t let moisture remain on the device longer than 2-3 minutes. Also, make sure it doesn’t remain in the crevices or gets inside the open. Dry the device immediately after apply a cleaner.
    • Never clean smartphones while they are connected to the charger as it is an electrocution risk.
    • Earphones And Headphones: Dos And Don’ts Of Cleaning

      Your earphones and headphones can attract bacteria and germs over time due to the accumulation of sweat and grime around the ears. Thus, it is dangerous to keep using these earphones without cleaning them as they can cause a wide range of bacterial infections. Thus, you must wipe down your earphones after every use and clean your headphones at least once a week.

      Dos Of Cleaning Your Earphones And Headphones 

    • Dip a microfiber cloth in soapy water to wipe down your headphones and earphones.
    • Bond cleaners in Canberra recommend using a small cotton bud to clean in the corners and for tiny earbuds.
    • Remove the silicone earpieces and use a toothbrush to wipe the inner metal parts to remove dirt and grime. 
    • Don’ts Of Cleaning Your Earphones And Headphones 

    • Do not use a lint cloth to clean your earphones and headphones, as it could scratch the surfaces and leave streaks.
    • Do not share your earphones with anyone to prevent the transfer of germs and bacteria. 
    • Conclusion

      Thus, it is important to deep-clean your electronics to eliminate the build-up of dirt and germs so that you are free from infections and diseases. Make sure you follow the tips above and clean them in the right way so that you do notdamage the internal circuits.