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Electronic devices need to be kept clean, in order for them to function at the optimum level. But, if you do not clean them in the correct manner, you could do more damage than good. A simple cleaning exercise could end up with you having to pay for the repair, or even replacement, of an item.

Three of the main electronic devices that most people own are a laptop, smartphone and camera. These devices can all be expensive to repair, or replace, so it’s important to make sure that you clean them in the correct manner.

Making sure your laptop is clean

Laptops perform better if they are kept clean, and are well maintained. Laptops can also be a major source of bacteria; keeping your laptop clean means you reduce exposure to any bacteria which may build up. To clean your laptop, you should.

  • Turn off the laptop, and disconnect from the mains power supply.
  • Use a microfiber cloth, and cleaning solution designed for the purpose, to clean the screen.
  • Use a brush, such as a make-up brush, to loosen the dirt between the keys.
  • Use compressed air to force out any dirt that remains.
  • Turn the laptop over so that the loose dirt falls away from the keyboard.
  • Once the screen is dry, turn the laptop back on.

You should never attempt to use a vacuum cleaner on the keyboard of your laptop. The suction force is way too powerful, and you will end up causing damage.

Remember that the performance of your laptop can also be adversely affected by electrical problems such as power surges. It makes sense to speak to a professional about surge protection and checks on the electrics in your home; click here for more information.

How to clean a smartphone

Always make sure your phone is switched off before you start to clean it. As a starting point, use a microfiber cloth to get rid of the dirt and grime on the exterior of the phone. If you are having difficulty, you can use a little water on one corner of the cloth; if possible, you should remove the battery before you do this.

Never be tempted to use a device such as a hairdryer when you are cleaning your smartphone. The heat that a hairdryer produces can damage your phone.

Be careful when cleaning a camera

Always remember that cameras are sensitive devices, with plenty of parts that are easy to damage. You should start by using a soft and clean, damp cloth to wipe the body of the camera. You should then remove the battery and the memory card, and use a soft brush to remove any debris that has built up. You should never be tempted to use a cloth to clean the lens of your camera; you need to use a lens pen. If you have any doubts about how to keep your camera clean, it’s a good idea to seek help from a professional.

Cleaning electronic devices can be a delicate process, so you need to be careful. Our tips should help you complete the cleaning process, without causing any damage.

 

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