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Each electronic device you own requires specific care practices to keep it in the best possible condition. Regularly cleaning your devices will help you reduce the transmission of viruses and bacteria while making them more enjoyable to use. Your user manuals should include care instructions, but if you don’t have access to the manuals, devices of similar types can be cleaned following some basic rules.

Cleaning a Laptop

Begin by detaching the device’s battery and using a microfiber cloth to wipe it down. You can also use canned air to remove excess fibers and dirt. Use the same microfiber cloth to wipe down the screen. The compressed air can also be used to clean the keyboard, USB ports, and vents. The exterior case of the laptop can be cleaned with a cotton swab and isopropyl alcohol. Wipe it down with a towel or cloth.

Keeping Cell Phones Clean

Remove the phone from its case before doing anything. After powering the phone down, use a microfiber cloth to buff out any smudges or dust. If the screen needs a deeper clean, dampen a cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol and use the swab to scrub away stains or smudges. Be cautious about keeping the alcohol away from USB ports and jacks when cleaning your devices. Lay the phone on a clean cloth to air dry as you clean the case in the same manner.

Caring for Headphones and Ear Buds

Any foam or rubber pieces should be washed with a swab and alcohol, but be sure the swab is only damp. You’ll want to avoid having the alcohol leaking into unwanted areas. A soft-bristled brush can be used to scrape away dirt and debris from metal screens and plastic components. Air dry thoroughly before using the devices. You can use a rubber band or a cut-up credit card to prevent the tangling of the cords.

Each device should be cleaned at a different rate of frequency. For example, phones should be cleaned every day. Tablets and laptops should be cleaned weekly, and televisions and larger electronics may only need to be cleaned once every two to three weeks. Use your best judgment if you’re unsure or if a device looks dull and smudged.