Properly Cleaning Your Computer
A regular cleaning of your computer means a considerable improvement in its
effectiveness. You should dedicate 20-30 minutes every 3 months to clean your
Here are a few tips:
- Computer keyboard cleaning. Your keyboard gathers a lot of dust and
dirt. The keys become sticky and slow down your speed. First, unplug the
keyboard when you clean it.
Turn it upside down and shake well to remove crumbs and dirt. Clean the keys
using a soft brush or a can of compressed air while holding it upside down.
Clean the key tops with a damp cotton cloth using either a mild detergent or
Do not spill liquid over it. If you do so, then wipe it off immediately and
let it dry completely. It is a smart idea to keep your keyboard and monitor
covered with a cloth when you are not using them.
- Cleaning computer mouse. Take off the cover at the back of the mouse
by rotating it anti-clockwise. The ball will come out. There are two thin
wheels. Use your fingertips to scratch out the dust that is sticking there. Also
shake out dirt that gathers in the hole.
You can wipe the wheels with a mild cleaning agent. Wipe off the ball well
with a wet cloth. Use a mild detergent to clean the outside of the mouse. Dry
with a soft cloth. Put the ball back into your mouse and close it up.
- Cleaning computer monitor. Use a cloth dampened in water. Do not use
detergent or other liquid. Be careful especially with laptop screens that are
very sensitive. The strokes should be top to bottom. Paper cloths are highly
recommended for monitor screens to avoid any damage.
You can use a mild detergent for the cover. For holes at the back of the
cover use an air can spray to take out dust. These vents should be cleaned to
avoid overheating of the monitor.
- Remove the case and get to the area where all the hardware parts are
located. Cleaning this area is important. Use an air spray to blow out all
the dust gathered here. Always ensure that the spray is held in an upright
position and blow the dust out of the machine. Everything should be unplugged
and avoid any physical contact with the components.
- For CD-ROM drive use a CD-ROM cleaner available with retailers.
Cleaning the CD drive prevents reading and writing errors. To clean your CDs
just wet a cloth in water and rub it from center to the edge to avoid any
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