Don’t Miss Overlooked Spring Cleaning Spots
Spring is in the air and for many it’s time for seasonal cleaning. While you’re unlikely to forget your gutters or kitchen, there are many spots that are easy to overlook.
Don’t forget that your home electronics, computers and smoke detectors need upkeep too – and there’s no better time to do it than when you’ve got housework on the mind.
Say ‘goodbye’ to dust
Many electronics sit in the open, and this exposure means dust and grime. But because these items are delicate, you can’t clean them as you would clean furniture or knick knacks.
Compressed air, found at any PC store, works to rid keyboards of dust between and below the keys. All those crumbs you discover may convince you to eat your lunches elsewhere!
Never use paper-based cloth to dust speakers, televisions and other electronics. The wood fibers can scratch equipment. Instead, gently wipe these surfaces using a microfiber or electrostatic cloth.
And don’t forget to look behind stereo equipment and televisions to ensure vents and exhausts are free of dust and to clean connections of grime.
Bust PC clutter
Internet browsing habits, application installations, and general daily use of your PC can clutter your machine, leaving it sluggish. But rather than investing in a new computer, you can tweak your current PC to save time and money in the long run.
“Just like your car needs annual servicing, regular care and attention is crucial to extending the life of your PC,” said Richard Clooke, PC performance expert at PC Tools, a company that creates tools to enhance the operation of personal computers. “For less than the cost of dinner out, you can rid your PC of unwanted clutter and return it to optimal performance.”
If you’re feeling frustrated by a slow computer, consider downloading an application to help you clean up your machine. For example, the PC Tools Performance Toolkit will remove duplicate files to clear space, restore lost files, repair the hard drive and clean system clutter. The toolkit is available for download at www.pctools.com by clicking on “Performance Toolkit,” and for purchase at BJs stores nationwide.
Take this home maintenance opportunity to optimize your home’s smoke, carbon monoxide and radon detectors. Replace the batteries on these devices and then use the test button to ensure they are working.
These detectors can easily get clogged with dust, insects and debris, affecting performance and sensitivity. With a soft brush attachment, gently vacuum this equipment to remove interior and exterior dust buildup.
While sorting out the closet may get top billing on your to-do list, cleaning and testing your home’s detectors could save your life.
It’s easy to overlook your home’s electronics during a thorough top-to-bottom house cleaning. But giving them the same attention you give the rest of the house will extend the life of your gadgets and improve their performance.