Tech Care Tips For Family Households
Technology surrounds us in our homes these days, and even those who profess to know nothing about new tech probably rely on a whole bunch of gadgets to go about their daily lives. But given this reliance, are we doing all we can to look after our tech gear? The reality is that all these gadgets are expensive, but they are also incredibly delicate. And when you are experiencing the hustle and bustle of a busy household, accidents are never far away – and your gadgets are all too easy to damage or pick up problems from lack of proper care.
So, if you have never even considered cleaning a computer keyboard, or are happy to let your kids play with your latest iPhone, this post is for you. In it, we’re going to take a look at some of the simple things you can do to ensure you are looking after your tech. We all keep our toilets, doorknobs, floors, and surfaces clean and in good order, after all; why not the same for our gadgets? Here are a few tips to ensure you don’t end up wasting a fortune on tech that ends up broken or unusable after a few weeks.
Smartphones and tablets
First of all, let’s tackle everything you need to do to care for your smartphone and tablet properly. We all have phones these days, and they are far more than just a phone. Essentially, you have a small computer in your pocket that you can use to access the Internet, various media, play games, and communicate in a variety of different ways. And phones – and their bigger cousin, the tablet – are becoming more integral to our lives every year.
But let’s face it – do we really look after our smartphones and tablets as much as they deserve? The screen on your phone is incredibly delicate, and you should be using a screen protector and protective case as a bare minimum. Never keep your phone in a pocket or bag with loose change or keys also present – you will scratch the screen far too easily and encourage cracking. And watch out for handing over your phone to the kids. Sure, it might give you a breather and distract them for twenty minutes or so, but you never know when they might launch it across the room in a tantrum or spread food in all the delicate areas.
Make sure you are cleaning your device properly on a regular basis, too. You need lint-free electronic wipes and cloths, a set of small ear buds to clean out the speaker, mic, and other ports that could collect a lot of dust and debris. Finally, don’t forget that your phone or tablet is a lot more delicate than you might think, and isn’t built for extreme weather conditions. Never leave it out in harsh sunlight or the freezing cold – you will end up damaging it irreparably.
Home computers might slowly be being replaced by smartphones and tablets, but they are still a mainstay in the vast majority of homes. And whether you use one for work, for gaming, or an entertainment hub, your PC or Mac needs a lot of care and attention if you want to keep it running optimally. First of all, it’s a good idea to establish a relationship with a local computer repair service – find one that is reputable and recommended, so you know where to turn when your PC is having problems. If you are relying on your laptop or desktop to work, or even to entertain, the last thing you need is for it to break down and have to wait a week or so before it gets fixed.
You should also stock up on some essential maintenance equipment. A can of compressed air is your best friend – it will help you remove all those bits of dirt and dust that get trapped in the keys and ports of your computer. Lint-free cloths are also essential for general cleaning purposes, and you might even want to invest in a small pair of tweezers and perhaps even a mini – vacuum cleaner to keep things super tidy.
Don’t forget to clean the inside of your PC or Mac every so often – although be careful to read your warranty if you are within your guarantee period, as cleaning can void some warranties. Over the years, the fan and side parts of your PC will pick up a huge amount of dust and debris, and eventually, it will start affecting performance. Be extremely careful when cleaning the inside of a PC – the slightest damage to any of the delicate electrical components could result in a broken computer.
TVs, stereos, and media players
TVs, games consoles, and music systems are all eye wateringly expensive these days. So, it’s vital that you take care of your investments and keep all of your entertainment gadgets in excellent condition. TV screens are incredibly delicate, and dust and debris can easily get into the back of the air vents, eventually accessing all the necessary electrical components.
Make sure you are cleaning your set regularly – a dust buster vacuum is a perfect tool for the job. Wipe the back with ammonia-free cleaning agents, and use a very soft cloth to keep it spic and span. To clean your screen, make sure you use a dedicated cleaning product to ensure you don’t damage it – choose a specialist LCD or plasma cleaner depending on your set type, or you could end up damaging the screen’s optical film.
Finally, you also need to take great care of your stereo systems, media players, and home theaters. Again, there are specialist cleaners available for ensuring you don’t damage your tech with harsh cleaners, and it’s important to keep on top of dust with lint-free cloths and regular vacuums. Make sure any speakers are well out of the way of the prying hands of small children, too – the slightest dink or bump on your speaker parts can render them unusable.
OK, so there you have it – with a little luck, these tips should help you keep your home gadgets in top condition for a long time to come!