When is the last time you cleaned your computer? Not cleaning out your computer is like leaving a sink full of dishes for several days, you can’t use the sink and the grim that gets stuck on is hard to get off. Computers are no different than your dishes, except that the parts that have to get cleaned are usually out of sight and mind. Here are some tips to keeping your computer and associated accessories clean.
- Your keyboard is a crumb, dirt and hair collector. Make sure to shake out and use pressurized air (i.e. Dust Off) as often as possible. Avoid eating over the keyboard. You would be amazed at how much can fall in there and impede your keys from working properly.
- Dust and lint can clog the cooling vents of your computer and cause your central processing unit (CPU) to heat up. Make sure to carefully open up the back of the computer with a screwdriver and utilize your pressurized air in short bursts to clean it out.
- The surface of your computer peripherals are a hotbed of germs. Take rubbing alcohol on a cue tip and gently clean your mouse, keyboards and keypads.
- The monitor must be cleaned with care as not to damage it. For liquid-crystal display (LCD) laptop and flat-panel monitor screens, slightly moisten a soft, lint-free cloth with plain water. Microfiber cloths are excellent for this purpose. Avoid using paper towels, which can scratch monitor surfaces and don’t spray liquid directly onto the screen, but onto the cloth instead. For glass CRT (television-style) monitors, use an ordinary household glass cleaning solution. Unless your manufacturer recommends differently, don’t use alcohol or ammonia-based cleaners on your monitor, as these can damage anti-glare coatings.
It’s time for Spring cleaning….get to work now and it will be finished before you can say Asynchronous Communication Interface Adapter!