Spring cleaning? Don't neglect your electronics

Consumer Reports News: March 26, 2010 12:14 PM

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As we emerge from our winter torpor, dirtying our hands in the garden and scrubbing the patio furniture, let's not forget those electronics devices that sustained us through the cold months.  They deserve a little spring cleaning too. Here's a roundup of our advice on sprucing up TVs and computers, inside and out:

Be clean: Keep your computer hardware germ-free. The best ways to clean the accumulated dust, grime, and gunk from your keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

Don't clean your HDTV with Windex. The chemicals found in commercial cleaning solutions could damage your flat-panel's screen. Instead, opt for a microfiber cloth dampened with water.

4 tips to speed up your PC. As we said in the fall, regular maintenance will keep your computer humming at a fast clip. Here are four simple steps for getting it back into shape after a gluttonous winter. This would also be a good time to back up your digital data.

Got any other cleaning tips for your gadgets?

—Nick K. Mandle

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