Extend The Life Of Your Electronics With Proper Care

  • Review you owner’s manuals or check online for cleaning and maintenance instructions for all your electronics.
  • Take care of your products’ insides. Never block or cover the ventilation areas of your electronics—these holes keep the product from overheating, which could shorten its life. Also, never stack components atop one another.
  • Keep electronics out of direct sunlight and away from heaters, radiators. Likewise, keep out of areas with high humidity or dust.
  • Never use a vacuum to clean dust from electronics. This can create static and harm your components.
  • Dust your components with a damp, lint-free cloth and a mild, heavily-diluted cleaning agent or specialty anti-static wipes. Be careful with solvents as they can damage television and PDA screens.
  • Never spray water or cleaners directly onto electronics.
  • If you spill liquid on your electronics, stop using it immediately, unplug it and seek customer service.
  • Flat panel displays are extremely delicate. Never use glass cleaner or detergents. Electronics retailers sell special cleaners for these screens. Also, do not apply pressure when cleaning or wiping and be sure the television or monitor has cooled.
  • Flat panel displays should never be stored in enclosed cases, as it can cause overheating.
  • Keep your smaller electronics products in protective carrying cases to prevent scratches or breakage.

(http://www.digitaltips.org/green/caring-for-electronics.asp)

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