The term “spring cleaning” doesn’t usually strike a chord with the tech crowd. But your entertainment system is part of your home, so why shouldn’t it get a bit of love?
Cleaning and organizing your home electronics can seem like a daunting task, but taking care of your gadgets can keep them looking – and sounding – great for the long run. Here are a few tips and tricks from our professionals.
Finding an easy, safe, visually appealing way to hide cords is an uphill battle for most homeowners. Make 2015 the year you finally conquer the impossible! For big jobs, call a professional. Our experts have seen it all when it comes to entertainment systems, room layout, wall obstacles and more. We’ll do an in-home consultation and figure out what makes sense for your space.
If you’re looking for a DIY solution, try an entertainment center with holes specifically for feeding cords through the back. Dedicate these centers to cords and cables alone, and avoid adding extras like remotes or books. A shelf like this BDI SONDA TV stand can hold your own boxes but is also built with cord-hiding in mind. (photo courtesy of www.bdiusa.com)
Other ideas – Most home improvement stores carry wall-mounted cord hiding devices (similar to a light switch plate) you can install on your own. You can also utilize handy dandy zip ties for bundling cords together behind your entertainment center.
The Power of Organization.
One seemingly simple innovation can make a huge impact on your cord situation. The almighty power strip. These days, power strips come in different shapes and sizes – they bend, swivel, fold stack … you name it. Updating your power strip to something more functional for your particular space can go a long way. Make sure you coil/wrap cables in their “natural” direction to avoid kinks. This will prolong the life of your equipment.
When dusting and wiping down your home’s surfaces, it’s easy to neglect the hard-to-reach spots, like the back of the TV or deep in your cabinets. Dust is your tech equipment’s worst nightmare, so you should realistically be giving your AV equipment some regular TLC. Dust can cause overheating, block vents and more. Aim for a good dusting once every couple weeks. Go for a can of air duster or even use a flexible vacuum tube with a soft-bristled brush on the end to suck all that dust right up.
As for screens, proceed with caution. Using a professional product is the only guaranteed way to ensure your displays are safe. Never use a basic home cleaner like Windex or 409 on your screen. Go for a TV/LCD liquid spray with a shammy cloth. Be sure to spray onto the cloth and not onto the screen, as the spray could drip and potentially get inside of the TV.
For more spring cleaning tech tips, give us a call or stop by our store to chat with a Century Stereo professional.