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Published: Friday, 3/16/2012 - Updated: 3 years ago

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Don’t miss often overlooked spring cleaning spots

(StatePoint) -- Spring is in the air and for many it’s time to clean. While you’re unlikely to forget your gutters or kitchen, there are many spots that are easy to overlook.

Don’t forget that home electronics, computers and smoke detectors need upkeep too -- and there’s no better time to do it than when you’ve got housework on the mind.

Say ‘goodbye’ to dust

Many electronics sit in the open, and this exposure means dust and grime. But because these items are delicate, they can’t be cleaned the same ways as furniture or knick knacks.

Compressed air, found at any PC store, works to rid keyboards of dust between and below the keys.

Never use paper-based cloth to dust speakers, televisions and other electronics. The wood fibers can scratch equipment. Instead, gently wipe these surfaces using a microfiber or electrostatic cloth.

And don’t forget to look behind stereo equipment and televisions to ensure vents and exhausts are free of dust and to clean connections of grime.

Bust PC clutter

Internet browsing habits, application installations, and general daily use of the PC can clutter the machine, leaving it sluggish. But rather than investing in a new computer, tweak your PC to save time and money in the long run.

Frustrated by a slow computer? Consider downloading an application to help clean up the machine.

Stay safe

Take this home maintenance opportunity to optimize a home’s smoke, carbon monoxide and radon detectors. Replace batteries on these devices and then use the test button to ensure they are working.

These detectors can easily get clogged with dust, insects and debris, affecting performance and sensitivity. With a soft brush attachment, gently vacuum this equipment to remove interior and exterior dust build-up.

While sorting out the closet may get top billing on your to-do list, cleaning and testing your home’s detectors could save your life. It’s easy to overlook home electronics during a thorough top-to-bottom house cleaning. But giving them the same attention you give the rest of the house will extend the life of your gadgets and improve their performance.

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