Keeping Your Computer Clean
Nobody likes a dirty computer, so you want your PC to be in good working condition. As well as this, computers have a tendency to accumulate an enormous number of germs, so cleaning yours every so often will prevent them from spreading so drastically. Here are a few tips on how to keep your computer clean.
Cleaning your monitor
It’s important to note that it can be extremely dangerous to spray any cleaning liquids directly onto any components of the computer. There are many screen cleaners available out there, and the majority of them do the trick. Spray some of the cleaner onto a clean cloth and wipe the screen in the same direction each time. Be sure that the monitor is turned off before you start cleaning. You can also use a duster or small vacuum cleaner to remove any dust that has accumulated on top and on the sides of the monitor.
LCD screens are slightly different as they’re not made of glass. Use a clean cotton cloth or a similar soft cloth and wipe softly, avoiding pressing down too hard as this can damage the display. If your screen remains dirty, you can purchase an LCD screen cleaner right here at Nexus!
Cleaning your mouse
Rubbing alcohol is the best way to clean the mouse. Dilute a little in some warm water and clean the mouse thoroughly with a clean cloth. Easy!
Cleaning your motherboard
Be sure to turn your computer off before you start cleaning. We find that an effective way to clean the motherboard is to use a small vacuum cleaner to get rid of any dust and grime. Make sure that the vacuum is battery-powered, rather than a plug-in one, as this can cause static electricity which could damage your electrical components through electrostatic discharge (or ESD). Take care not to vacuum any small parts of the motherboard – hold the vacuum a few inches away.
Cleaning your CD-ROM drive
If your computer has trouble reading discs, you may have a dirty CD-ROM drive. The simplest way to clean it is to use a CD-ROM cleaning disc. They are readily available in stores, but we’re happy to order one in for you.
Cleaning your keyboard
It has been reported that some keyboards harbour more bacteria than a toilet seat, so it’s vital to keep it clean.
To avoid unnecessarily pressing buttons and potentially making changes to your settings, turn off the computer or unplug the keyboard before you clean it.To generally clean the keyboard, simply rub the keys and surfaces with a disinfectant wipe or two.
You might think that turning the keyboard upside down is the most effective way of getting rid of any debris, but that won’t do anything for stubborn grime. Instead, make use of that little vacuum cleaner we’ve been talking about! Of course, it’s important to be careful not to suck up any of the keys, but it should get rid of any dust or loose hairs.
If you’re still not happy, carefully remove the keys from the keyboard. You can do this by pressing the key below the one you want to remove and then prying it off using a firm, flat tool such as a butter knife or a car key. Remove the rest of the keys, then use a damp cloth to wipe away any debris (remember where the keys go too!) Replacing the keys is easy – simply place it back into position and push it down until it snaps back into place.
You should clean your computer at least once every 6 months to prevent any damaging built-up and/or bacteria. Even if you think the area you work in is clean, looks can be deceiving – take the time to clean it!