When it comes to your high-end headphones and electronic devices, proper care and maintenance can go a long way to preserving its quality and character. Here’s our ultimate guide to carrying for all types of equipment, simply and quickly for the best results.
High-End Headphones, Earbuds, and Speakers
Keeping headphones and earbuds clean are key to allowing comfortable use without the threat of spreading germs, especially when used in a classroom, learning lab, library, and hospital. Quality over-ear and on-ear headphones with leatherette pads–like the AVID Education Headphones–are easy to clean with a disinfectant spray or wipe.
Earbuds should also be cleaned, especially when they are used frequently on a daily basis, and while working out. A toothbrush is a great tool for dislodging dirt in the earbud grill by brushing it gentry while the earbud grill is turned towards the ground. The dirt will fall out of the buds with this method, instead of getting pushed back into the earbud.
In addition, you should not forget your speakers: with fabric grills on computer speakers, you can simply use a lint roller, which will help reduce dust clogging the speaker and getting on the sensitive interior.
Jacks and Ports
Headphone jacks are commonly overlooked as a place to clean, but this port gets dirty quickly from constant insertion and extraction and corrodes over time when grime gets pushed against the connections. It is important to clean the headphone jack, because cleaning reduces premature wear on the jack and hearing clear, quality audio (if you start hearing scratchy noises, it could be from dust and grime stuck in the jack). However, the headphone jack is very easy to clean with an interdental brush, which fits perfectly in the jack without being too harsh.
Ports are also important to clean; because a dirty port can affect file transfers and damage plugged-in devices like USBs or HDMI cables. A small, soft paintbrush or the interdental brush can also be used to clean the ports without damaging the sensitive connection.
Cleaning device screens on your computer, laptop, phone, or tablet not only gives you clearer images, but also it prevents dust from settling down on the screen and damaging it with scratches. All you need is a microfiber cloth and a safe cleaning solution. Make sure the device is turned off first before you begin wiping the screen down. As always, do not spray directly on to the screen: instead, use a cleaning spray first on the microfiber cloth to get it slightly damp, then take the wipe and use it gently. To maintain a clean screen, simply use a dry microfiber cloth, or even a coffee filter. If you happen to be without a microfiber cloth, a simple paper coffee filter is gentle enough to not hurt the screen, but remove the dust with ease.
You will also want to replace the plastic screens on devices like your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet at least once a year, depending on the state of the plastic. These plastic covers can retain sticky gunk, or over time collect scratches or produce air bubbles as the plastic ages. Replacing them with a new plastic screen will create a better seal to completely protect the screen.
Keyboards and Cameras
The same materials you used for cleaning your ports and screens can be recycled for cleaning your keyboards and built-in cameras. A soft make-up brush is great on the sensitive small cameras on your phone, and a microfiber cloth is best to wipe down the entire keyboard. For the smaller spaces around the keys, you can brush dirt off first with a soft paintbrush, then take a q-tip dipped in a little rubbing alcohol to remove gunk around the keys.