Do you have a collection of your retro consoles, controllers, and games? They’ve entertained you for hours on end, and you at least owe them some durability. Here are some tips for keeping beloved pieces of your childhood in top condition:
Cherish Your Console: Keep your console at room temperature. Don’t expose it to extremes, i.e., avoid direct contact with sunlight or other sources of strong heat. Don’t keep it beside a radiator. Also, don’t place it anywhere that it is very cold, such as in a loft that’s not suitably insulated. Components can damage or bend. It’s recommended to keep consoles in a well-ventilated area, so don’t hinder it in amidst strategy games and a mess of games, or in a tight unit. They need to stay cool and in proper airflow. Keep them as dust-free as you can, especially any grilles or fans. Clean your console carefully. It goes without saying that don’t use water to clean it. Be careful of the sensitive parts like the lens that reads your games. Try cleaning with fiber anti-static duster that unclogs your electronics with ease.
Watch Out For Wires: Without wires, your console’s just a useless piece of plastic. Keeping track of the cables is very important. Organizing them lessen the risk of them getting knotted. Don’t fold them up. The end starts to break, and the inner workings get tattered. Instead, carefully lay them in a cardboard box. They’ll simply curl around to fit in; you should avoid folding them up into a knot. Alternatively, a loose figure-8 is decreased, but it doesn’t do any real damage.
Guard Your Game: The main problem with games is dirt. Dust gets gathered in every nooks and crannies of the games cartilages. You can use isopropyl. It’s a colorless alcohol-based cleaner that does not harm your games. You can buy it online or get it from your local pharmaceutical store. It removes most marks, including oil, bacterias and even ink from your hands. You can also use rubbing alcohol to clean your console, but make sure it is unplugged or turned off. After wiping them with isopropyl, let the excess liquid evaporate by leaving it to stand for a few minutes. Don’t touch the surfaces of the discs, hold them with a finger through the middle and its outer edge.
Do you know about those little white sachets that come in the shoe boxes? Keep them! They contain silica gel, which soaks up excess moisture, making them apt for all sorts of things like protecting your games. They fight against mold and general degradation and will let your games last for years. These packs can be ordered online or are found easily in the craft supply stores.
So tell us how you take care of your consoles, controllers and games in the comments section!
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