Item: Spring Cleaning House Call and Trade-In Assessment
From: Geek Squad
To most of us, spring cleaning means scrubbing floors and organizing closets. But for a Geek Squad Agent, it means cleaning system fans, defragging hard drives and cleaning out keyboard crud. It may sound daunting, but it will keep your computer running like new, and Geek Squad is here to make the process a whole lot easier!Apartment Therapy and Geek Squad are giving you the chance to go green and save some green with Geek Squad's Spring Cleaning House Call Giveaway! A Geek Squad Agent will come to your home to explain how to clean your technology inside and out to make your gear run like new.* They will also do a technology Trade-In Assessment to see if trading in your old technology could save you money on a future purchase or if you should bring your gear to a Best Buy store for proper eWaste recycling. Depending on what you're trading in, you may be eligible for discounts on new gear as well!
Enter today, and see below for some quick spring cleaning tips from the folks at Geek Squad.
* A Geek Squad Spring Cleaning House Call includes a computer optimization, data back-up and data transfer.How To Enter
To enter to win a Spring Cleaning House Call and Trade-In Assessment from Geek Squad, please fill out and submit the form below. The contest begins today, April 17, 2012 and ends Monday, April 23, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. We will choose one winner at random.
To see the Official Rules click here.
Spring Cleaning Tips From Geek Squad
Here are a few quick tips to keep your technology in good working order:
- Bust the Dust - Dust can do long-term damage to your computer system. To clean out dust, turn off the computer and look at the fan in back. If it looks fuzzy, use a can of decompressed air and blow the dust off in a sideways direction. For other gunk, a slightly damp paper towel will do the trick.
- Detail your Printer - Many of us forget to give our printers a little cleaning love every once in a while. To prevent paper jams and other foul-ups, give a little compressed air to the printer mechanism that rolls in the paper. To avoid cartridge clogs, make sure you print at least one page a week.
- Kill Keyboard Crud - We all have it, so a quick cleaning should be part of your regular routine. Unplug your system and turn the keyboard (or laptop) upside down to let any loose particles come out. For an extra good clean, use that can of compressed air again to get more particles loose, then follow with an antibacterial wipe against all of the keys for an extra bit of cleaning. While you're at it, you can wipe down the mouse too, which really collects a lot of grime and germs.
- Improve Your View - When monitors and swipe screens get dusty, simply power down the system and run a disposable dust cloth across the screen. If there's dirt and grime, use a slightly damp cloth with water only. Do not use glass cleaners or household detergents, which could damage your screen.
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