How to Clean Electronics Safely

May 4, 2022

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Claire Hebert

Electronics are dust magnets, but it’s not the only thing they attract. All those smudges and fingerprints are full of bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants that can cause health issues if you don’t remove them on time.  

However, even the most comprehensive residential cleaning services in New Orleans usually don’t tackle smartphones or laptops, so you might be interested in how to sanitize your devices and stay safe at the same time. Keep reading to find out how.

What is the best way to clean electronics?

Before you start tending to a device, make sure you first check the manufacturer’s manual and plug it out or remove the batteries. These are the first steps to a safe disinfection of your electronics and then you can apply the following procedures, depending on what device you want to clean. 

Tablets and smartphones

For gadgets such as smartphones and tablets, make a solution of 1 part water and 1 part rubbing alcohol and dampen a lint‐free cloth with it. Use it to wipe down plastic parts and screens. Slightly dampen a cotton swab to properly disinfect edges and crevices. 


Turn your laptop upside down and gently shake it to remove any crumbs stuck in your keyboard. If possible, give it a blast of compressed air. Dampen a clean microfiber cloth to wipe down the housing and screen. Finally, use the alcohol solution to disinfect the keyboard. 

Desktop computer

Even if you don’t carry it around with you, your desktop computer still needs a thorough clean up from time to time. Here’s how to tackle all of its components:

  • Monitor. Follow the same steps you applied on your laptop screen. 
  • Keyboard. Again, gently shake out the keyboard and run compressed air over it. Use a cotton swab dampened with the alcohol solution to remove grime from crevices. Wipe the entire keyboard with the same solution.
  • Mouse. Use a clean cloth and cotton swabs to wipe the mouse and clean crevices. Finish by sanitizing it with your alcohol mix. 
  • Tower. First vacuum the ventilation panels and front panel. Next, wipe down the entire surface with a damp cloth. Finally, wipe it down using your disinfection mix. 

Bluetooth speakers and smart devices

For bluetooth speakers and other smart devices, you can use a microfiber cloth dampened with water to wipe down screens, plastic, fabric‐covered parts, and other surfaces. Apply compressed air followed by cotton swabs to remove any dirt and debris from crevices and grooves. Finally, use the alcohol solution to wipe everything except the screen. 

Cords and cables

Cables and cords are a great place for dust bunnies to grow. To prevent this, use a dry cloth to remove dust from the ones that go into sockets. You’ll need a damp microfiber cloth to tackle desktop system cords and cables. As for the power cords of your portable electronic devices, wipe them down with a damp cloth and then sanitize them with your solution. 

Where can I find comprehensive residential cleaning services in New Orleans?

What is the best way to clean electronics If it’s time to finally deal with your windows and get those mirrors shiny and spotless, or you just can’t bring yourself to tackle the stubborn stains on your furniture, Geaux Maids of New Orleans is the company you need. Thanks to our professional technicians and modern approach, we always give excellent results that make our customers happy and satisfied. 

Take your family for an exciting tour of the Fort Pike State Historic Site while our professionals make sure you return to a fresh and healthy home. Give us a call today!

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