How to spring-clean your tech

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When you look around your home, there are many things that would catch your attention if they were dirty — we're all aware of how germy a bin can get, for example, or a toilet seat.

But while we touch our smartphones, keyboards and remote controls multiple times a day, they often get neglected during the big clean. This is a mistake, though, as these items can build up a lot of bacteria.

If you're currently working your way through a spring clean, now's a great time to tackle your tech as well! Here's our simple guide to getting your gadgets clean without causing any damage.

How to clean your smartphone and tablet

One important thing to remember is not to use cleaning fluids on your phone or iPad as this can damage the coating on the screen. Instead, wipe it down with a dry microfibre cloth using a circular to prevent scratching. Don't forget to wipe down the camera lens so that your photos are crystal clear.

There are also specialist cloths you can use to banish bacteria with damaging your screens, like the Techlink This Cleans Anti-bacterial Screen Cleaning Cloth.

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How to clean your laptop

Just like your smartphone, use a microfibre cloth on the lid and casing of the laptop. For stubborn marks on the lid, dampen the cloth slightly before using it to buff the dirt away. Use a damp soft cloth to wipe over the keyboard. Then use a can of compressed air, available from Amazon, to blow out any dust and crumbs from between the keys. Finish by using alcohol wipes on the keyboard.

For laptop screens, monitors and also TVs, use a damp microfibre cloth to remove smudges and smears from the screen. Then wipe a dry microfibre cloth over the screen.

How to clean a computer mouse

Whether you use it to work from home or just browse the web, it's important to give your computer mouse a good clean to avoid bacteria from building up. Unplug or turn it off first and remove the batteries if it has any. Use an antibac wipe or a cloth lightly sprayed with disinfectant and wipe over the mouse. Ensure that the cloth isn't too damp to avoid damaging the mouse.

How to clean a remote control

Remote controls often get forgotten during a living room clean, but they're used every day — possibly by every member of the household — so it's a good idea to wipe them down regularly. Spray some antibacterial spray onto a microfibre cloth and wipe them down, front and back. For stubborn bits of dirt stuck between the buttons, use a cotton bud or toothpick to remove them.

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