How Often Should I Clean My Gaming Console?
Ah yes, the age-old question… how often should I clean my gaming console? While this may seem like a trivial task to some, cleaning your gaming console can actually prolong the lifespan of your device. And who doesn’t want to get all the bang for their buck! Gaming consoles, being the high-end commodities that they are, deserve to be treated with the utmost care and cleanliness in mind. In vague terms, and we’ll get into the specifics later on, you should be cleaning your gaming console and its accessories more often than you may think!
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Now, let’s run through some reasons as to WHY your gaming console needs cleaning and HOW you can clean it.
Your hands are filthy
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According to a quick Google search, your hands can carry anywhere from 100,000 to a few million germs at any particular moment. And it makes sense, right? You use your hands to pump gas, use the ATM, self-checkout at the grocery store, flush the toilet… well you get the point! Bottom line: your hands are dirty and therefore your precious gaming console is dirty by association.
The solution: Find your favorite disinfecting wipes and get to wiping! Wipe down your gaming console, headset, controllers, and cords. For those of you with PS5 or Xbox controllers, make sure you take the extra time to get under those buttons and triggers. If wipes aren’t doing the trick, Q-tips are great about maneuvering around those nooks and crannies. Again, the question remains - how often should you actually be doing this?! We recommended a good wipe down once every week! You can save the Q-tip action for once every other week and still be in the clear!
Your floor is dusty
We’ll spare you the statistics on this one… just know that leaving your gaming console unattended on a dirty floor won’t do you any favors. When dust and grime make their way into your gaming console the interior fans and intake grilles may become clogged and ultimately overheat. Once a device overheats, its overall performance begins to lag and inevitably starts its journey towards permanent damage.
The solution: Make a home for your gaming console UP and AWAY from your floor and all the dust and dirt that comes with it! Check out these handy, affordable, and easy to install gaming console mounts made by Oeveo.
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Gaming mounts not only reduce the amount of dust intake to your device, they also allow your gaming zone to be clutter free. Keeping an organized and clean gaming space will help mitigate technological issues as well as contribute to an overall better aesthetic… and it really is all about the aesthetics these days!! Check out Oeveo’s controller and headset mounts too! Wondering if it’s safe to wall mount your console? We’ve got you covered here.
The solution PART 2: Before you mount your console (and we strongly encourage that you do) we recommend giving the interior and exterior of your gaming console a good dusting. A small bristle is great for cleaning the interior of your console; relieving all those dust particles that have been trapped inside. Furthermore, microfiber cloths do wonders when removing unwanted dust from the outside (and inside) of your gaming console.
Gaming consoles are large investments, and in order to get your money’s worth it is important that you regularly clean your device and its accessories. While you may be battling opponents in Fortnight, Halo, and Assassin's Creed… the real enemies are dirt, dust, and grime buildup. We hope you found this post informative and inspired you to pick up a new cleaning habit (and gaming mount)!