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How To: Clean your tech toys

How To: Clean your tech toys
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Start the New Year with a clean slate. And by slate we mean your tablets and other mobile devices. Throw in your other tech toys, too, for good measure. But you can’t just wipe everything clean with a washcloth and alcohol, or else you’ll end up ruining your devices. Here’s a quick guide of the right materials to use and the simple methods of cleaning your gadgets—from cameras to your TV.


  • Microfiber cloth (preferably moderate to large size)
  • Solution of mild soap and warm water or 50:50 warm distilled water and white vinegar
  • Lightly wipe the screen.
  • Use wide and broad strokes and movements.

Warning: Make sure that the TV is unplugged and do not apply liquid directly ontothe screen.



  • Microfiber cloth
  • Warm water
  • For removing finger marks or general dirt, wipe the screen lightly with the dry microfiber cloth.
  • For ink, food, or dirt stains on the screen, dampen the microfiber with warm water and rub lightly over the marks.

Warning: Do not soak the cloth in liquid or else you non-waterproof device could short circuit.



  • Microfiber cloth
  • Compressed air spray can
  • Window cleaner
  • Small (handheld) vacuum cleaner
  • Screen polish
  • Cotton swabs
  • Alcohol
  • Water
  • For LCDs, use a microfiber dampened with water or small amounts of window cleaner, and wipe lightly in broad strokes. For older CRT displays, rubbing alcohol and higher amounts of window cleaner are permissible.
  • Dab a cotton swab in alcohol and water and wipe the surface and corners lightly.
  • For dry cleaning, use a small vacuum cleaner with a slim nozzle to get inside the nooks and crannies.
  • Wipe the mouse with a damp microfiber cloth. Be careful when near the laser light or battery compartments especially if it is Bluetooth-connected.

Warning: Do not apply liquids directly onto the screens, keyboards, and mice.
Warning: Always power off and unplug your desktop or laptop before cleaning.


Words John Sosmeña
First published in Speed January 2016

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