Computer Cleaning

We have aps for most things these days. But there are no apps for physically cleaning our computers. We have to have this done manually.

Computers accumulate dirt faster than is generally realized.  This is largely because we are in the habit of using them for several hours every day, often while drinking coffee and snacking. But the fact than screen static and computer cooling fans attract dust is another contributing factor. This accumulation of dust, coffee and snack crumbs needs to be periodically cleaned

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  • Turn the computer off before cleaning.
  • Use a microfibre cloth to clean the screen(s). This gets rid of both dust and bacteria.
  • Use the same microfibre cloth to clean the whole outside surface of the computer.
  • Detach the keyboard (if possible) and turn upside to shake out any debris.
  • Vacuum the keyboard with a soft brush attachment
  • Use a Post-It-Note to clean between the individual keys.
  • Some people use a can of compressed air to clean between the keys.
  • Alcohol or hand sanitizer can be used to clean the tops of the keys. Apply with a cloth, cotton wool or a Q-tip.
  • Vacuum the cooling fan. Perhaps use a can of compressed air.
  • Wash the mousepad with detergent and warm water.
  • Dissemble the mouse if it is a ‘ball and wheels’ model. There should be a simple way to unlatch the ball underneath without pulling the whole mouse apart. There is often a lot of accumulated gunk in the mouse, which compromised its operation. Clean this with tweezers and a small brush.

Never use solvents on the main computer.

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A dirty computer is mostly an aesthetic issue, but occasionally the function of the computer can be affected if the grime in the keyboard can cause a key stick, or if accumulated dust causes the fan to stick or a device to overheat. A clean computer is preferable, and there is no disadvantage in this cleanness.

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