If you’re going to hold on to your electronics for as long as possible, you’ll need to care for them properly. Here are a few basics to know that will help protect your devices from damage and keep them running and looking great:
Buy protective casing
- Even if you feel sure you won’t drop your device, having a case keeps your devices from getting scratched by objects or debris (snacks?) in your bag or pocket.
- Even if there’s a built-in laptop sleeve or pocket, avoid putting your laptop directly into your bag with your other things without the additional protection of a case.
- Screen protectors help, even if they don’t guarantee 100% protection.
Avoid extreme temperatures
- Keep your device out of direct sunlight, and don’t leave it in your car when the weather is hot. Once temperatures reach about 90° F/32° C outside, you should start paying extra attention to keeping your device cool.
- While devices tend to work better in cooler weather, you should take precautions once temperatures begin to drop closer to freezing. Keep your device in your bag or pocket to shield it from the cold.
- If you can’t help but expose your device to extreme temperatures, don’t use it right away. Wait for it to reach normal room temperature.
Clean your devices and their cases regularly
- Be sure to unplug and power off your device before wiping it down.
- Use a damp microfiber cloth, 70% isopropyl alcohol/ethyl alcohol wipes or disinfecting wipes to wipe down your device. Avoid getting any moisture in openings and never submerge your device in any liquids.
- Clean your tech (including any cases) at least once a week. If you use a case, take your device out of its case to give both a thorough wipe down.
- Clean your keyboard and monitor at least once a month.
Read our Ways to help your tech last for almost ever: Repair (2/4) next.
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