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Dust: The Silent Killer

A little dust here and there might not seem like that big of a deal, and some of us admittedly go longer than we should without giving our apartment a good dusting, but a little dust can cause a lot of damage in the long run. Not only can dust be unsightly and cause allergies in humans, but can be very bad for household electronics as well.

Most common associations with the destruction of digital and electronic devices are liquid and over heating, but dust is also among the most harmful. Dust in fact in a lot of cases is the cause of excessive heat, as it can clog filtration in computers, cable boxes, and a number of other devices.

Detailed Dusting Tips

So what can you do about all this dust? Dust unfortunately is a fact a life and is unavoidable, but there are ways to control the situation and prevent dust from building up.

Laptops and desktop computers are maybe the most susceptible machines to accumulating dust. At least once a year, use compressed air to remove dust from the back or side vents and then wipe down the surface with a microfiber cloth. Make sure to dust both the fan and the vent.

Televisions also attract a lot of dust. Many large TVs will have a fan on the back, just like a computer, to keep it from overheating. Check the fan every six months or so for dust and use compressed air to remove any as needed. In addition, routinely wipe down the screen with a cloth to remove surface dust.

Keyboards on computers will become sticky if too much dust or residue accumulates underneath. To prevent that from happening, unplug the keyboard and blow on it routinely. If there is excess dirt and dust to remove, use an air compressor and then finish the job by wiping it down with a paper towel and hand disinfectant.

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