Those yellow flannel rags sold for shining shoes.
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Be very careful when using a static duster. I used one once and it shocked my system and it went haywire and sent a loud noise through my system. I'm luckey it did not blow a tweeter. Make sure your equipment is off and you are grounded to the floor. I would even consider unplugging the main cable. Lession learned for me. ;-)
1. Air filter/cleaner. For my small room I could get away with a small $30 model. That's always running while I'm not listening.
2. Swifter makes a pretty effective duster.
3. I keep a can of compressed air to remove dust from tight places.
4. I have wood floors and an area rug. Keep your floors dusted and vacuumed too.
I use this great big soft fluffy thing on a stick. It could be the tail of a very large Persian cat. Its made of synthetic fibres that are supposed to be very good at picking up dust. I dont know about that but it works great and it doesnt scratch or bump the gear.
Ive used it on the plinth and platter of my turntable, but very slowly and carefully. Ive used on the top side of the tonearm wand, again very slowly and carefully. Ive used it on the counterweight very very very slowly and very very very carefully. Ive never used it anywhere in the vicinity of the cartridge.
If I were cleaning the TT for sale I would use a 3/4-inch soft artists paintbrush to get the dust off.
My wife told me to try the Swiffer duster. I was exceptionally leery of any dusting device which might scratch the highly mirrored effect of the top smoked Lexan on my Pathos Classic One amps. The swiffer was perfect - got into absolutely the most difficult areas and left not a mark. For that reason it is worth every cent! They don't just rearrange the dust, but remove it!
If more then dust needs to be removed I found Honda polish and cleaner (for motorcycles) to work wonders on my electronics. I spray it on a soft cloth before use. It not only removes small marks but adds an anti static layer that resists dust build up, and will not discolor when a component gets hot.
Come on guys, there must be some incredibly expensive audiophile dust rag out there that claims to dramatically cleans up your sound at the same time as it cleans your equipment.
Is this a niche for the accessory people to fill? How about a "Brilliant Feathers" duster? Too late I've applied for a Trademark on this.
The following is not an endorsement of Dyson vacuum cleaners. I am not thrilled with mine for numerous reasons and I think they are terribly overpriced.
However, for existing owners, I can make the following suggestion. Dyson makes (also terribly overpriced $30) a soft bristle brush. It is a long oval shape. I find it excellent for vacuuming the tops of equipment. Dust seems to want to cling to brushed aluminum. I hate the idea of "pushing" dirt around so I like the "suck it up" approach.
If there is enough clearance between shelves the brush can reach all the way to the rear. I also use it for vacuuming heat sink fins and the shelves around my equipment.
I also use the Dyson to vacuum the screen on my LCD TV, computer monitor, and keyboard. I prefer the approach of lifting the leading edge a little so the vacuum gets a chance to suck up the dirt before the bristles push it around. My brush is dedicated to audio/video/computer only and I never use it for general cleaning purposes.
WARNING: Be careful around plastic. I only vacuumed the stand on my LCD TV a couple of times then I noticed many fine scratches from the brush. The stand is gloss black. Fortunately I moved the TV to the wall. The gloss black frame of the TV must be a harder composition because I do not see any scratches on it. Just beware of using the brush on plastic especially precious turntable covers.
There are vacuum attachment brushes made with genuine horse hair that slip onto your vac's flexible extension hose.
Horse hair grabs dust better than plastic, FAR less possibility of scratching plastic or snagging grill cloths and don't create static.
I don't remember what brand mine is, but it's lasted for years and years and cleans up with ordinary soap and water.