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Why & How To Keep Game Consoles Dirt-Free

August 31, 2018

Why & How To Keep Game Consoles Dirt-Free

The video game industry is not going anywhere. Most consumers have owned at least two, if not more, game consoles in their life to date.

Gamers log hours upon hours playing their favourite video games without hesitation, while their console collects dust sitting next to the TV.

As dust piles up on your console and sweaty “gunk” starts sticking to your controllers, it’s important to remember that these consoles need some TLC every now and again too.

Cleaning & Gaming Belong Together

Do you have a beloved gaming console that you have spent hours playing on? Since you bought it, can you remember the last time it was cleaned? If the answer to this is no, this is the article for you.  

Game Consoles like the PS4 and the Xbox One have been built sturdy enough in order to withstand some wear and tear (perhaps even a little gamer rage) over the years but the most hazardous substance that it faces on a regular basis is dirt.

Crumbs from food, dust in the air, unidentifiable grime from sweaty hands… at some point in time, your game console and its controllers will come into contact with all of these. The more time that is left in between cleaning, the worse it is for both your console and potentially your health (just think of how many germs and bacteria live on your tech devices like your smartphone).

For this reason, cleaning is your consoles’ best friend!

What Happens To A Dirty Console

Dirt not only makes your games console look unwelcoming but over time, it may also affect its performance.

A combination of heavy use and build up of dust can lead to both the air intake grilles and interior fans within a console to get clogged and overheat leading to a reduction in system performance. If left unaddressed, this could permanently damage the interior system of a gaming system and impact its longevity.

And your gaming controllers are no different! No offense to you but your hands are probably a lot dirtier than you think. No matter how many times you have washed them, dirt will get on your controllers regardless. Without cleaning them regularly, unsightly amounts of grime and dirt will begin to build up on controllers especially underneath buttons.  

Making Your Console Spotless

The good news is that there are many cleaning tips and tricks that you can use to make sure your gaming consoles lead a long and happy life!

The majority of gaming consoles have three main parts: the lens, the vents and the casing. When it comes to cleaning your console, it is important to pay special attention to all these parts and ensure they are fully clean.

Below are some of the best methods and tools for keeping your consoles spotless:

Give It A Good Dusting

Unless you live in a completely dust-free zone (which is unlikely) the best way to tackle cleaning both the casing and vents of either your PS4 or Xbox One consoles is to grab a cloth and get scrubbing!

Using an antibacterial cloth like our Microfiber cloths once a week on your consoles should help them avoid a build up of dust over time and keep them working effectively.

Shine, Shine, Shine!

Maybe you have a glossy-finish game console such as the Xbox One or Wii U or maybe you have a touch screen console like the Nintendo Switch or 3DS. In these cases, you’ll want to make sure your console stays shiny and fingerprint-free. However, it’s nothing that a cloth and some cleaning spray can’t handle!

Our patented Screen Shine is a great product for cleaning consoles such as the Nintendo Switch and making sure that their screens stay shiny and scratch free. One of its many features is an invisible coating that resists dust, smudges, oils and fingerprints.


Control Your Dirty Controller

As gaming console controllers and accessories are handled the most often when gaming, try and clean these at least once a week.

The best way to clean your PS4 controller, Xbox One controller or Nintendo Switch joy-con controllers is to use disinfecting wipes and give it a good rub. Make sure to pay particular attention to the areas around buttons and triggers, that’s where most of the grime piles up. For harder to reach places, use a cotton swab and spray some Screen Shine on it.

A Clean Console Is A Long Lasting One

Everyone knows how much fun a game console can be - whether for yourself or for the whole family. So, with this in mind, it only makes sense that you give it as much attention and care as you would any of your other prized possessions.

If you want your game console to be long-lasting, then make sure it stays a clean console!






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