We all know how expensive technology can be – not many people are able to upgrade constantly, or can afford to buy new items all the time. But you don’t always need to; there are many things you can do to make your products last longer.
We’ve put together the low down on how to make your tech last the distance – from cleaning tips like how to remove rust, to advice on what equipment you’ll need – have a read on for some top advice!
One of the most frequently used (and consequently dirty) parts of any kit is the screen. If your phone or tablet is touch screen you’re likely to get finger marks all over it in no time. Luckily, you can clean screens easily with a half and half mix of distilled water and vinegar. Just be sure to use a light touch to avoid damage, and use a cloth that won’t scratch.
If the problem is more than skin-deep and the metal on your beloved item is turning red, you might need to do a bit more – follow this guide on how to remove rust. There are a few different methods, so try each one on a small section and see which works best. One good trick is lime and salt; spread both over the affected area and leave for 2–3 hours. Then, scrub off, and the mixture should be strong enough to bring the rust with it.
Alternatively, you can try a mix of baking soda and water. Apply, leave it time to set then remove with an old toothbrush. If that doesn’t work you could try oxalic acid, but this is pretty serious stuff so take precautions to prevent damage to yourself and your product, and be sure to check manufacturers’ guidelines beforehand.
Cleaning Home Equipment
But what about cleaning bigger, metal items like gym equipment? There is such a good range of home sports equipment available these days that many of us have a treadmill, pull-up bars, or weights at home. To clean these, apply antimicrobial solution after each use and make sure to wipe off any sweat from your work out. Use a duster to get into smaller nooks and crannies as a build-up of dirt can lead to parts not working which could become dangerous over time.
So there you have it, some top tips on cleaning your technology at home. There’s lots of useful advice online including more info on how to remove rust and cleaning all sorts of home devices. Just remember to do a patch test first and follow the manufacturer’s instructions!
With a bit of effort now and then to keep your kit looking shiny and new, your favourite products will last much, much longer. This means less forking out for brand new items and making some hefty savings in the long-run!