How to Clean Your Gadgets: A Quick Guide

How to Clean Your Gadgets: A Quick Guide

First things first, start looking at all the gadgets around your home as investments. Now more than ever, items like your phone, television, computer, and echo devices (Alexa, play Rockstar by Post Malone and 21 Savage) aren't just for entertainment. You use them at home, at work, and definitely can't just easily replace them (especially your phone/computer). That’s why it is important that we educate ourselves on how to take care of our electronics. We must know how to clean and protect our fancy gadgets otherwise you'll end up spending a fortune replacing them earlier than necessary.

Good news. You don’t have to be tech-savvy to take care of and clean your electronics. Just remember these tips to help and guide you - they'll assist you in making your gadgets last longer and allow you to sell them when it’s time to upgrade to something new. DON'T FORGET: Unplug your electronics before cleaning them.

Dust your electronics. Dust is annoying and not good for anyone, including your electronics. Dust buildup blocks essential components like fans, ports and sockets which can result in overheating. This'll definitely ruin most gadgets’ inner workings over time. Use a microfiber cloth or electrostatic duster to clean them while not scratching the screen. Turkey feather dusters work wonderfully, as do items like the Swiffer® 360° Duster.

Wipe spills as soon as they occur. No matter how cautious you are about keeping your gadgets away from any type of food or drink, it seems that spills are inevitable. The first thing you have to do is to turn off and unplug your electronic devices right away. If it’s your cellphone, turn it off and remove the battery right away (if it's accessible externally). Wipe the spill immediately to avoid it from spreading.  You'll want to use something with fast wicking time (industry lingo for how quickly an item absorbs moisture) such as Wowables.  Assess the damage and if you need to, call a professional. Water and moisture can greatly damage your electronics, so always remember to keep them dry and away from liquid. Even when cleaning, never spray the liquid cleanser on directly. It can cause permanent damage by dripping excess liquid or moisture into the essential components.  Instead, grab an anti-microbial cloth to get the job done. If you must use a liquid cleanser, first spray it on an absorbent cloth (we recommend a cellulose sponge cloth or Swedish cloth because they won't leave behind any excess liquid that can damage your devices) then wipe.

Protect your devices. Invest in a waterproof or shockproof case for your phone. They may be a little more expensive but are definitely cheaper than buying a replacement. For your other electronics such as laptop, tablet, and/or echo devices, it’s always safe to put a cloth cover to protect them from spills. You may also consider putting a maintenance mat at the bottom of your electronics. For the screens, put protective/tempered glass covers to avoid direct scratches and damages. Never EVER use a regular, disposable paper towel to wipe your screen (however, Wowables are safe to use). For the push-button devices, such as keyboards and keypads, you may consider using cotton balls dipped in alcohol as they've proven to be super effective.

No stains, no dust, not even electronic damages can beat a regular cleaning routine and smart choices of materials to use. Always read the manufacturer’s manual before cleaning and take care of your possessions no matter how big or small they are. Whether it’s your home or phone, always remember that they reflect who you are as person.
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