COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS – ‘This is the season for spring cleaning. While you’re sprucing up your house and reorganizing that garage, don’t forget about the computer in your life.
“Considering how often the average American uses their desktop computer or laptop and the costs involved with owning one, it’s a little surprising that most people neglect to keep it clean,” says Michael Young, a Colleyville computer repair expert and the owner of Computer CPR.
Ever notice greasy smudges on the keyboard or streaks on the screen? With a little know-how, physically maintaining your computer is practically effortless and will help maximize its lifespan. In all varieties of computers, accumulated dirt and dust can block filters, affect disk drives and USB ports and cause the machine to overheat or crash. Bearing in mind the investment a computer necessitates, why wouldn’t you take a few seconds to keep it clean and in optimal health?
We at Computer CPR know a few easy ways to clean different components of your computer. Before doing anything, however, it’s important to turn the computer off and/or unplug it.
Cleaning the screen
Achieving a sparkling clean screen is as easy as turning on your faucet. Dampen a soft cloth with water. A paper towel will suffice, but a cloth works better. Whatever you decide to use, be sure it’s not dripping wet. Electronics and water don’t mix well, so ring the cloth out well. Then, gently wipe the screen in a circular motion and allow it to air-dry. It’s that easy!
When cleaning a computer screen, make sure you only use water. Certain chemicals can damage a perfectly good LED screen. Also, never spray water directly on the computer. Clean with a cloth or towel only.
Cleaning the keyboard
The secret to a clean keyboard is air. Before sterilizing the keyboard, use a can of compressed air to blow away dirt, dust, crumbs and hair. Then, use a damp (not dripping) disinfectant wipe to gently glide over the keyboard. With a lint-free cloth, dry the keys.
The motivations behind keeping a tidy computer extend past aesthetics and functionality. Simply put, keyboards are gross.
Computer equipment harbors a myriad of germs spread through simple daily actions. Think about it- it’s not exactly customary for people to wash their hands before or after typing at the computer. But, maybe it should be. According to one study, a keyboard can contain five times more germs than a toilet seat. Yikes!
Cleaning the mouse
The same rules can be applied to mouse cleaning as keyboard cleaning. Oust accumulated germs with a disinfectant wipe, then dry with a lint-free cloth.
It’s also common for dust and dirt to collect on the inside of a computer, which poses a major threat to its wellbeing by affecting filters and circuit boards. Unless you consider yourself familiar with a computer’s inner-workings, please allow us to do the dirty work. Our professionally trained computer service pros possess the expertise to carefully take apart and clean sensitive computer equipment. To help prevent buildup inside the machine, store your computer in a clean, open environment.
Have further questions regarding spring cleaning for computers? Contact us at Computer CPR today. We are eager to answer any questions and provide you with a healthy, clean computer. Computer CPR is a trusted provider of network administration, Mac support and PC repair in Fort Worth, Southlake, Keller, Grapevine and Colleyville areas.
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