With spring just around the corner, it’s time to clear away the cobwebs and get your house back in shape.
In addition to windows, walls and floors, your spring cleaning project should also include TV screens, iPods and remote controls.
What’s the best way to de-grime them? Here are a few products we’ve run across as well as tips from custom electronics professionals.
1. “Most cleaners—even soap and water—are either too harsh or leave water spots on the surface,” says Joshua Huffman of RG Convergence Technologies in Raleigh, N.C.
“Keeping this in mind, we use microfiber cleaning cloths from Blue Wonder.” They’re a little pricey at $6.50 a cloth [check site for current price range], but they’re reusable and won’t scratch the surface of the screen (www.bluewondercloth.com).
2. You can protect your remote from gunk build-up by fitting a clear cover over it. If your kids’ messy hands to find the remote, you can easily wipe away the grime with a sanitary wipe or household cleaner.
3. Jayson Small of Adobe Cinema & Automation, Mashpee, Mass., recommends laying an anti-glare film ($15 from the Apple store) on the screen of your iPod, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. “This will protect the screen from scratches and can easily be cleaned with a dry or slightly damp microfiber cloth.”
4. Most of us have gone through a cell phone or two due to water damage. A product called the Bheestie Bag ($20, http://www.bheestie.com) promises to dry out electronic devices. You just take out the battery, drop the device into the bag and let it sit overnight. The company says it can be used for products such as iPods, too. Water absorbing beads pull out the moisture. Does it work? We haven’t tried it, so we’d love to hear from someone who has. Email us.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.