5 Tips to Effectively Clean Your Electronic Devices

5 Tips to Effectively Clean Your Electronic Devices

Buying a new device is always a thrill: Taking it out of the box, putting it together (if necessary), turning it on for the first time and throwing away all those papers and boxes you couldn’t care less about. Generally, most of us take care of our devices, whether it is a smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, etc., because of how expensive they are.

No matter how well you take care of our devices, sooner or later you are going to start seeing dirt, spots, fingerprints and other grunge that no device can escape. Sure, you can keep saying that you will clean your device later, but eventually you are going to have to do it.

If you keep putting off cleaning your device because you are not sure how to clean it, the following tips will show you how to clean it efficiently.

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All the manufacturers of devices insist that you don’t treat the displays with any type of chemical, especially on your smartphones and tablets. Why? Your smartphones or devices with touchscreens are treated with chemicals that work with the natural oils of your fingers.

This process will start to wear off with time, and the use of abrasive chemicals that are found in glass cleaners and other cleaners accelerate the process. That is why you want to avoid them altogether.

To clean your phones’ and tablets’ displays and even your TV’s, you want to use a lightly moistened cloth, and with patience (almost without applying pressure) you can remove the spots and dust from the device. After using the dampened cloth, you can use a dry cloth to dry anything that was left behind.

Remember, you should never, ever use alcohol to clean the display. It is not only harmful to the device, but you will also leave some horrible spots behind.

Can you use cream cleaners? If the spots on the display are too deep and you can’t remove them with water, you can turn to those cream cleaners that are specially made for displays. But be careful as not all of them work the same. You have to pay close attention to the label and make sure it doesn’t contain any harsh elements for the device, or you could ruin the device.

If you are not sure what cleaning cream to use, it is best that you keep trying to remove those spots with water and avoid the cream cleaners altogether since they may get rid of the original shine your device once had.

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The microfiber clothes that you can get at any store are a great item. But you shouldn’t buy just any cloth since not all of them are good quality cloths (especially the generic brands).

These fabrics can cause scratches over the glass since they are made with the intention of them being used on other surfaces. Look for those cloths that specifically say that they were made for TV’s, smartphones, etc..

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Toothpicks are also your friends, not only because they help you get that annoying piece of chicken from in between your teeth, but because they can also help you clean your devices.

Thanks to their thin and pointy structure, you can use them to clean the micro-USB ports of your phones and get all the lint and dirt out. Remember to be gentle and to carefully clean out the ports since you don’t want to damage any connectors.

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The keyboards on your computers or laptops are a real challenge to clean, but it is something that needs to be done. All those cookie crumbs need to come out so you can enjoy a decent keyboard, and no, making your cat lick the keyboard doesn’t count as cleaning.

The best thing you can do is to buy a can of compressed air since the high pressure will do an excellent job of getting everything out. Remember never to spray any chemical over the keyboard, even if it is for cleaning. If you don’t want to get a can of compressed air you can always grab some tape, flip it over so the sticky side is on the outside and slide it in between the keys. It’s worked wonders for me. I am sure you will see cookies crumbs you haven’t seen in months!

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  • Never clean a display of any device with alcohol or abrasive chemicals.
  • Never clean a device that is on or connected to a socket.
  • Never use cotton swabs to clean ports, connectors or any corner where it can get stuck since the cotton can come off and get stuck in your device.
  • Never expose your device to water, only when you are cleaning it with a moistened cloth.
  • Never try to take a device apart to clean it unless you absolutely know what you are doing.

We love using our devices but hate having to clean them. Let us know how often you clean your devices in the comments.

15 comments

    • Hi Annette,
      Unfortunately there’ s only so much you can clean on a Mac keyboard, as you can’t disassemble it completely, but you can remove the keys to get rid of anything that festering underneath them. You will need materials such as compressed air spray can, microfiber cloth, spudger, Q-Tips, water and mild dish soap.When putting the keys back in just put them over its receptacle and firmly press down until it snaps into place. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  1. I put my phone in washing machines with clothe when done then i put it in dryer with clothe. It come out clean and it smell fresh.

  2. The most important thing when You drop your phone or laptop in water is to switch it immediatеly and also to remove battery! Then leave it for 2-4 days opened to dry and you may try to switch on, or better go to specialist!

  3. Good tips, I didn’t know that is dangerous clean screen with alcohol, I almost ever clean my laptop screen with isopropyl alcohol :c but now I know that’s incorrect. Thanks very much

    • Hi Picon,
      You´re very welcome and I am glad you liked the information. It´s a lot more funt o play with our device´s than to have to clean then, right? Thanks for commenting. =-)

  4. I didn’t know that you where never supposed to use a chemical to clean the screen of an electronic device. Luckily I haven’t cleaned any of my devices, but now I know what to not do. Hopefully I don’t end up accidentally ruining my electronics if I forget.

  5. I like to think that I keep my electronic in good shape. Although, I do not think that I went to the extent that you showed here. I never thought of using toothpicks to clean out my devices, I will have to go get some right now and try it.

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