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Tips for Cleaning Your Computer Hardware to Keep It Clean and Functional


Your computer works hard so you can work well and play hard. It is important to keep it clean to make sure that it can continue giving you the best service possible. A clean computer works better and looks better. To keep your computer clean, do the following:

Clean the keyboard

Dust, food, liquid and other dirt can get caught between and underneath your keyboard keys. To clean it, unplug it or turn off the computer if it is part of it. Gently turn the keyboard upside down and carefully shake it to remove dust and dirt. Use a can of compressed air to clean between the keys. To clean the keys, use some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.

Clean the mouse

Unplug the mouse from the computer. Put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and wipe the top and bottom of the mouse. For mechanical mouses, you will have to remove the tracking ball and clean the inside and the tracking ball with some rubbing alcohol.

Clean the monitor

The first thing to make note of is to not use glass cleaner to clean your monitor. Use a soft cloth that you moisten with water. Turn off and unplug the computer before cleaning the monitor. Be very careful with liquid around your computer. You don’t want any leaking into components.

Clean the outside

To clean the computer box, back of the monitor, or laptop outside, use an anti-static cloth to wipe the computer casings. You can use a solution of ammonia and water to give it a good clean without damaging any parts. Never pour or spray liquids directly onto any part of your computer. Moisten a cloth or cotton ball.

Keep your computer cool

Your computer has a lot of working and moving parts and it generates a lot of heat. All computers have built-in fans to help it keep cool. You should try and avoid blocking airflow around your computer at all times. Don’t stack books or files or other things on top of it.

If you do this often, your computer will remain clean and functional. Once every 2 weeks should do the trick.

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