Spring is here, and the mops and brooms are working overtime. But while you probably removed all the junk from the garage and the dust bunnies from under the beds, your tech gear may have gone overlooked. Here's how to give your tech products the spring cleaning they need.
Children just love to touch the television and any A/V components that are in arm's reach. Dust and pet hair can accumulate on home theater gear, too. Your TV screen can be cleaned with a lint-free cloth, gently wiping to remove any collected dust or grime. Other A/V items like home theater receivers and Blu-ray players don't normally need cleaning, but any external fingerprints or gunk can be removed with the same lint-free cloth.
You'll want to spend the bulk of your cleaning time in the home office, as the spinning fans common on computers and peripherals suck in dust and don't readily let it go. Use compressed air to spray those dust bunnies out from vents and other ports on desktop PCs, laptops and printers. Use short bursts of air so condensation doesn't build up inside. Monitors can be cleaned the same way as TVs.
While you're at it, this is a great opportunity to get rid of any files or old applications on your PC that you don't need. Empty out junk email folders and run Windows' Disk Cleanup. This will free up space, and if your hard drive was really over stuffed, it can even speed up your system.
You probably clean this part of the house regularly, but it's a good idea to take a deeper dive into your kitchen appliances once or twice a year. Remove all the food from the fridge and clean all shelving with a standard spray cleaner, and use the same to clean your microwave oven and range top. Use the self-cleaning feature on your oven to refresh it on the inside. If your dishwasher doesn't seem fresh or clean inside, empty the racks and pour a cup of white vinegar inside, then run a rinse cycle to help flush out any lingering odors.
You probably don't give much thought to cleaning your laundry appliances, but the dirt and grime you're trying to wash off of your clothes has to go somewhere, and it can build up inside. To clean your washer, fill it with hot water (with no clothes inside) and add a cup of either bleach or vinegar, then let it agitate for a regular cycle. The interior of your dryer can be wiped down with a standard disinfectant solution. Lint traps and debris filters should also be cleaned out regularly.
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