If you’ve been on this planet long enough, you’ll no doubt agree that your house is getting more high-tech. In fact, you probably wake up to a screen. Maybe you’ve got a 52-inch T.V., a Macbook or a PC, a smartphone, a tablet - maybe more (Nintendo Switch etc). The list goes on.
We know we have to update them from time to time, but it’s easy to forget cleaning them. And by cleaning them, we don’t mean dragging and dropping files into the trash bin. What we’re talking about is a thorough cleaning of the screens. Because let’s face it - too much dust on a screen doesn’t look good. There are also some consequences for not cleaning them regularly as well.
You might think the main reason to clean your screen is to silence the people saying how dirty it looks. But a dusty screen is more than just a reflection of one’s “messiness”.
Protects Your Eyes
Dust on a screen can affect your eyes in two ways:
This is especially true for those of you who spend hours in front of a computer, whether at the office or at home. Devoting just a few minutes a week to cleaning these screens will protect your eyes from unnecessary irritation.
Reduce Allergy Symptoms
It goes without saying that if you have allergies, you should try to eliminate dust around the house. Dust has a habit of clinging to screens since they produce electric charges that can pull some particles in. A duster won’t replace Benadryl, but clearing dust that often sticks to screens may help put a stop to a runny nose or sneezing fits.
Keeps Hardware Functional
If you’ve ever had a computer overheat, you probably know now that dust can clog a fan and block air flow. Overheating is bad news for a computer because high temperatures can permanently damage its hardware. So if you want to avoid buying a new computer too soon, make sure it to keep often.
Microbes that you really don’t want sharing space with you at home thrive on some gadgets. Phones and tablets are notorious for this. After all, we hold and touch them more than any other device these days. Cleaning the screens (and the whole device really) can keep your gadgets sterilized so that you bring home germs that could make you ill.
An important factor to consider is the type of screen you’re cleaning. Not all screens are built the same. That means you probably shouldn’t clean your T.V. screen the way you would clean a phone screen since different surfaces require different methods. Fortunately, we’ve got the scoop here for you below.
Unlike the mammoth-sized T.Vs of yesterday, today’s lightweight, flat-screen units need a gentle touch. They’re far more sensitive than the televisions your parents grew up watching. With that said, here’s a good procedure to follow:
Process of Cleaning Your T.V. Screen
What to Avoid When Cleaning Your T.V. Screen
You should really think about how to clean your laptop screen because you might be one of many people who spend several hours in front of it. As we’ve discussed earlier, dust on computer screens tend to irritate the eyes. So give this process a try:
Process of Cleaning Your Laptop/Computer Screen
What to Avoid When Cleaning Your Laptop/Computer Screen
Keeping your phone screen tidy is just as important as cleaning your T.V. and computer (if not more so). But cleaning mobile devices can involve more than their big screen counterparts. Just think about the number of surfaces you touch, the hands you shake and the fact you may text in the bathroom (or maybe you don’t want to think about that).
We covered the phone cleaning process in our last post, but we’ve added a few steps below.
How to Clean a Phone/Tablet Process
What to Avoid When Cleaning a Phone/Tablet Screen
Runners, lifters, athletes behold - your Fitbit, Apple Smart Watch or whatever gadget you track your reps and steps with need not look dirty! They generally don’t require as much care as other devices, but you can definitely keep them shiny and looking brand new.
How to Clean a Wearable Device Process
What to Avoid When Cleaning a Wearable Device
Cleaning your screens, whether it’s the T.V., laptop or mobile devices isn’t a task to ignore. Sure, it’s not going to change your life drastically, but keeping these gadgets clean will help them last longer. And in the case of dust and debris, you could reduce some bothersome allergy symptoms or eye irritation. So make it a habit to wipe and disinfect your favourite toys - no harm can come out of doing so regularly.
A survey from Bausch + Lomb revealed that 65% of people suffer digital eye strain when using their devices. So it’s safe to say that it’s happened to you. But what’s really causing it?
Spending hours in front of a screen certainly does it. Yet still, there’s another cause of eye strain that’s staring you right in the face: the dust on your screens.
We have kids. We love our kids. But let’s face it. Kids are pretty gross. Is it just us, or are they sticky all the time?
That stickiness seems to get transferred to every surface in your home — including the surface of your laptops, tablets and phones. Whether it’s your device or your kids’ device, it probably has a layer of sticky stuff on it.