Sure you cleaned your home desk, but did you just pick up the keyboard and clean around it? Or did you actually clean the keyboard? We’ve all been very cautious when it comes to “high-touch” areas of our homes in order to disinfect from COVID-19, but some of the highest-touch surfaces aren’t counters or tables at all — they’re electronics. Here’s how to keep your home electronics sanitized!
Computers and Keyboards: Unlike a smartphone, compressed air can be beneficial to getting rid of the small dust and debris that get caught in the crevices of your keyboards, vents and cable ports. If there are any particularly sticky keys, carefully remove the key cap and clean deeper.
For the screen of your laptop or computer, using a designated screen cleaner is probably your best bet instead of trying to mix your own perfect alcohol solution to clean. Always spray the disinfectant onto a washcloth when cleaning your screen rather than spraying the disinfectant directly onto the screen. Again, be careful around openings or gaps in your electronics, like around the edges of your trackpad, to not let any liquids damage your device.
TV remotes: When considering how to keep your home electronics sanitized, the television remote is probably something you totally forgot about! To clean your remote, start by removing the batteries and use 70% isopropyl alcohol on either a microfiber cloth or small cotton pad to wipe down the entirety of the remote. You can also go back in with an alcohol-soaked cotton swab for a more detailed cleaning of the buttons and crevices. Put the batteries back in and you’re done!
Cars: We’ve heard a lot about being cautious of germs in public places, but what about the vehicle we use to drive to and from those places? When wiping down your car, it’s important to clean any and all places you may have touched. This includes the steering wheel, door handles, shift lever, any buttons or touch screens, wiper and turn signals, passenger and driver door armrests, grab handles, and seat adjusters.
Be careful of your upholstery and do not use cleaning products too harsh for the fabric. According to Fox News, a representative from automotive interior parts supplier Yanfeng told the organization that the company uses isopropyl alcohol to clean components in the factory and that it is safe on virtually everything it makes, from plastics to painted chrome and imitation leather.
“It can also be used on the surface of fabric upholstery and real leathers, but soap and water are also effective, according to the report. However, scrubbing too hard can remove color, and leather should be treated with a conditioner after cleaning with any product,” according to Fox News.
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By Isabella Sorresso