A Guide to Caring for Your Gadgets

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa Mertes

Promo Expert

Published: December 10th, 2018

Updated: April 22nd, 2019

In this day and age, we are all addicted to technology. You are hard-pressed to go anywhere without seeing someone buried in their cell phone, typing away on their laptop, or listening to music through headphones. It’s a digital world out there, and it’s important to keep up with the times! The best way is by making sure to care for your tech gadgets.

How should you store and clean your gadgets? What are the important tips to know? Let’s take a digital dive into the ultimate tech care guide for your devices!

A Guide to Every Gadget

You probably have a variety of tech products that need care. Luckily, we’ve gathered them all right here. Take a look at the proper ways to store and clean your favorite devices:

How to Clean Your Laptops, Tablets, & Computers

Laptops, Tablets, & Computers

Your laptop, tablet, or desktop is an essential part of your daily life. Whether you’re a college student working on a term paper or a professional putting together a presentation, you would be completely lost without a reliable computer!

They may be useful, but laptops also cost around $2,000. Be mindful of these storage and cleaning tips to get the most bang from your buck from your device.

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    Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or extremely warm temperatures.

    Use your device on a stable surface.

    Keep your device away from magnetic fields.

    Wrap cords in accordion-like folds and hold together with Velcro wrap.

    Change your settings to eco-mode whenever possible.

    Never put your device away when it’s in sleep mode.

    Put your device in a case when transporting and store the plug separately.

    Back up your data onto an external device.

    Cleaning

    Detach your battery and wipe with a soft cloth.

    Be careful with drinks and other liquids.

    Wipe down the screen with a microfiber cloth.

    Clean the outside with rubbing alcohol or mild detergent in a spray bottle.

    Dry your device thoroughly after cleaning.

How to Clean Your Cell Phones

Cell Phones

Do you remember the days of flip phones? Depending on your age, you might have even used those giant brick phones from the 70s. These days, though, everyone and their grandma keeps their smartphone in full power at all times.

There are easy ways to extend the life of your mobile device. With the right care, your cell phone can last longer and always look brand new!

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    Put your cell phone in a protective case.

    Repair the screen if it’s cracked by taking it to a repair shop or investing in a repair kit for around $150.

    Store your phone properly in your bag.

    Let your phone breathe to avoid overheating.

    Try not to use your phone while in the bathroom.

    Cleaning

    Clean your phone with a soft lint-free or microfiber cloth.

    Mix water and alcohol or vinegar to wipe down the surface.

    Use a cotton swab to remove debris from hard-to-reach areas.

    Wipe gently and do not use too much liquid solution.

    Dry thoroughly with a clean, soft towel.

Need even more advice? Watch this video about caring for your cell phone!

How to Clean Your Bluetooth Speakers

Bluetooth Speakers

Music can take any event from boring to spectacular. It’s even possible in these tech-savvy times to play the latest jams from your phone via Bluetooth. That being said, the day the music died will be when your speakers stop working.

Your speakers are like any other piece of furniture and need the right care. The last thing you want is to have your dance party ruined by a dud.

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    For the best sound quality, store on a surface between 24 and 48 inches high.

    Keep the back of your speaker away from the wall.

    Make sure your speakers are not exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.

    Avoid storing anything heavy near the speaker.

    Don’t cram it behind a bunch of other objects.

    Cleaning

    Don’t use harsh chemicals.

    Use a damp microfiber cloth and a can of air.

    Wipe down the outside with a slightly damp microfiber cloth.

    Apply light pressure when wiping the speakers.

    Dry entirely and use a lint roller to remove excess debris.

How to Clean Your Televisions

Televisions

There’s nothing like coming home from a long day at work and turning on the tube. From wacky sitcoms on primetime to Emmy frontrunners on Netflix, we all have an emotional attachment to our favorite programs.

That’s why you don’t want static from your TV. Keep it always on the right channel with these helpful tips and tricks!

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    Place your TV close to a power source so it’s easy to plug in.

    Set up your television out of direct sunlight.

    Elevate the television so it’s about four feet off the ground.

    Keep a good distance between the TV and your couch.

    Cleaning

    Use compressed air to remove dust from cartridges.

    Lightly spray lens or glass cleaner onto the console.

    Remove scratches or smudges on discs with a cloth or toothpaste.

    Rub a duster over the vents to remove debris.

    Clean hard to reach areas with a Q-tip.

How to Clean Your Game Consoles

Game Consoles

Nothing is more frustrating than getting to the final level of Super Mario only to get destroyed by Bowser. There’s an immense amount of pride that comes from beating your favorite video game!

Put the same amount of pride into caring for your consoles. Even old-school systems like Sega and Nintendo can last for years when you clean and store them properly.

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    Don’t store anything heavy on the console.

    Wrap cords accordion style and hold together with a rubber band, zip tie, or Velcro.

    Keep your consoles out of enclosed spaces.

    Keep discs in the box they came in whenever possible.

    Cleaning

    Turn your television off before you clean.

    Use a soft cloth to gently wipe down the entire surface.

    Remove stubborn stains with mild dish soap.

    Rub a duster over the vents to remove debris.

    Clean hard to reach areas with a Q-tip.

How to Clean Your DVD/Blu-Ray Players

DVD/Blu-Ray Players

Do you have a jumble of cords sitting in your living room? You might have to connect not only your DVD player, but also a cable box, game system, and more. It’s enough to make anyone go crazy with clutter!

Luckily, there are easy ways to stay organized and keep your media players safely displayed. Now all you have to do is pop the popcorn and relax!

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    Drill holes to hide any excess wires or repair in a kit for about $50.

    If you don’t want to drill, hide cords with a cable catch for about $10.

    Don’t store anything heavy on your devices.

    Make sure the player has enough room to open.

    Stack all your electronics on separate shelves.

    Cleaning

    Turn everything off and make sure it’s unplugged before cleaning.

    Remove debris with a lint-free cloth and rubbing alcohol.

    Don’t forget to wipe down the buttons and remote.

    Wipe down the interior with a cotton swab and alcohol.

    Avoid wiping down the circuit boards.

    Use compressed air for the inside of the player.

    Dry thoroughly and wait about 10 minutes before use.

How to Clean Your Cameras

Cameras

Say cheese! From family vacations to college graduations, some of our best memories are captured by candid camera. They’re also a great way to make sure you always have embarrassing cards for the holidays!

Since cameras capture special moments, it’s wise to make sure yours last for years to come. It’s super easy with this helpful advice!

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    Keep your camera away from other electronics.

    Carry your camera in a dedicated bag or case.

    Avoid extreme temperatures and humidity.

    Remove batteries and memory cards if not in use for an extended period of time.

    Use a protective cover over the lens when not in use.

    Turn the camera on at least once a month. 

    Cleaning

    Clean the outside, lens, and screen with a microfiber cloth.

    Try dedicated cleaning solutions for the lens and screen.

    Rub the lens in a circular motion starting in the middle and working your way to the edges.

    Gently blow on the camera body and lens to remove excess particles.

    Don’t use paper towels, compressed air, or excessive liquids for cleaning.

How to Clean Your Drones

Drones

Drones are becoming more and more popular. It’s possible to get everything from food to packages delivered via flying robots. They are the technology of the future!

If you own a drone, make sure to care for it properly. Don’t forget, it costs a pretty penny for these fancy flyers!

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    Make sure you’re clear for liftoff before you start flying.

    Keep your drone out of the skies during bad weather.

    Check your toggle switch before you start.

    People in the U.S. need to register any drone weighing over .55 pounds with the FAA.

    Store your drone in a dedicated bin in your garage or shed.

    Charge your drone fully before you take it for a spin.

    Cleaning

    Build a cleaning kit to store with your drone.

    Apply 3-in-1 lubricant to the motor every month.

    Clean your drone with soft bristled brushes, pipe cleaners, canned air, Isopropyl alcohol, and a microfiber cloth.

Don’t Forget the Accessories

Sometimes the little things are what make the biggest difference. Our media devices rely on these small heroes for improved sound, storage, and power. They need the same love and attention as the more expensive electronics.

How to Clean Your Earbuds and Headphones

Earbuds and Headphones

If you’re commuting on the train or jogging through the park, earbuds or headphones are essential. We use them to listen to music or podcasts and watch videos without disturbing those around us. After all, you might be really into the Goo Goo Dolls, but the same can’t be said for everyone.

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    Do not wrap your earbuds around the device or store them in your pocket.

    Keep them out of sunlight or warm temperatures.

    Tie the cords with a rubber band or twist tie.

    Frequently replace the foam or rubber earbuds.

    Keep them in a case whenever possible.

    Cleaning

    Wash the foam or rubber pieces with rubbing alcohol or a small amount of water and dish soap.

    Scrape away grime on metal headphones with a microfiber cloth or soft-bristled brush.

    Wipe everything down with rubbing alcohol or warm water with a little bit of dish soap.

    Use a microfiber cloth and a soft-bristled brush to clean metal pullover headphones.

    Dry thoroughly before using.

This video helps break everything down!

How to Clean Your Portable Chargers and Power Banks

Portable Chargers and Power Banks

We’ve all been to the point where our battery is at 10%. With emails to send, texts to receive, and selfies to take, this is simply unacceptable. Our phones are important, which is why it’s crucial to take good care of your portable charger.

Our devices are extremely important in this digital age. Mind these tips to get the most out of your charger or power bank!

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    Keep the chargers stored away from heat or liquids.

    Avoid using your device when it’s being charged.

    Don’t wrap the cords around your charger.

    Replace chargers when you get a new device.

    Cleaning

    Use a microfiber cloth for smudges or fingerprints.

    Clean the USB ports with compressed air.

    Stop charging your devices overnight.

How to Clean Your Flash Drives

Flash Drives

Any college student will tell you how important it is to have a quality flash drive. Can you imagine how devastating it would be to lose your thesis paper? It’s enough to make even the toughest person break down into tears.

Since flash drives are small, they’re extremely easy to misplace. Still, you can get more life from yours with this helpful advice!

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    Don’t put them in your pocket.

    Avoid plugging it into the computer for an extended period.

    Make sure to eject before removing from the computer.

    Keep the cap on when it’s not in use.

    Remember to unplug your flash drive when you’re done.

    Create a backup for your files.

    Cleaning

    Clean the exterior with a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol.

    Use a Q-tip to clean hard to reach areas.

    Be careful with how much alcohol you use for cleaning.

    Use a microfiber cloth to remove excess dust or debris.

    Make sure it’s completely dry before using.

How to Clean Your Fitness Trackers

Fitness Trackers

Go the extra mile during your next workout with a good fitness tracker. These wearables are great for keeping track of your distance, monitoring your heart rate, and as reminders to hit the gym.

Whether it’s an expensive Fitbit or a simple pedometer, it’s important to care for your fitness trackers! Take some time to give them a good scrub and take them off when not in use.

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    Take off your device in the shower.

    Lock up your fitness tracker in public areas.

    Change passwords every three months.

    Use the privacy settings on your device.

    Cleaning

    Remove your device before cleaning.

    Gently clean your device with a soft towel and rubbing alcohol or warm water with mild detergent.

    Dry thoroughly before using.

How to Clean Your VR Sets

VR Sets

Have you ever wanted to be at the top of Mount Everest? Maybe you want to swim 20,000 leagues under the sea and check out the fish. Virtual reality makes it possible to visit any place we can imagine!

VR sets are becoming a super popular gadget for gamers, space stations, medical professionals, and even the military. They also cost well-over $100, which is why you should always keep your set protected and cleaned.

VR Sets
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    Allow enough room to store your headset and controllers.

    Keep your device out of extreme temperatures and excessive moisture.

    Invest in a dedicated case for this technology.

    Make sure your device is out of reach from pets and kids.

    Avoid dropping your headset.

    Cleaning

    Frequently wipe down the lens and foam on the headset with a microfiber cloth.

    Clean with anti-bacterial wipes every 10-15 uses.

    Protect the lens with a dedicated cover.

    Remove dust by spraying compressed air.

The Importance of Technology

The Importance of Technology

Our gadgets often cost a good part of our paychecks and are as essential to our lives as air and water. By giving them the proper care, we ensure we’ll have them for years to come. These tech products are used for school, work, and everyday life. Make sure to give them the TLC they deserve!

Stats for Success

A touchscreen phone has roughly 25,000 germs per square inch.

According to a recent study, there are 600 units of bacteria on a tablet.

Keyboards have about 60 times more germs than the toilet seat.

Studies show that earbuds cause an increase in bacteria in your ears.

The Bottom Line

From pricy devices to small accessories, your tech products need to be cared for and cleaned properly. This saves you money in the long run and helps everything seem brand new. At the end of the day, a soft lint-free cloth, rubbing alcohol, compressed air, and a little bit of time can work wonders.

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products. As a promo expert, she's uncovered the world’s first custom tote bag, interviewed the guy behind rock band ACDC’s logo, and had a piece published by the Advertising Specialty Institute, a leader in the promotional products industry.

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