The people of yesteryear imagined that the future world of computers would be austere, neat and clean. This is a nice thought, but computers do tend to get a little dirty over time. This partly because they attract dust with their static and fans, but mostly because we get coffee and junk food stuck in the various nooks and crannies.
We should periodically clean our computers.
Of course you should turn off the computer before starting.
- Turn the keyboard upside down and shake out any loose debris.
- Use a small vacuum (USB powered) to clean between the individuals keys.
- Run the sticky edge of a post it between the keys to collect any grime.
- A can of compressed air will help dislodge any stubborn objects stuck between the key of a computer
- Dip a Q-tip or small cloth into isopropyl alcohol and clean each key of the keyboard.
- Clean the fan of the computer (if it has one) with the vacuum and perhaps the can of compressed air
- Use a microfiber cloth to clean the monitor screen
- Use the microfiber cloth to wipe down the outer surface of the computer.
- Open up the mouse and clean the ball and rollers. Use tweezers, an old toothbrush, a toothpick of any device to clean this area, which is often the dirtiest section of the whole system.
Accumulating grime sometimes effects the performance of a computer- clogged air vents will cause overheat; grime and dust in a mouse will cause problems. A sticky keyboard will occasionally cause a letter key to get stuck. It is good to keep computers and other things in good working order.