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Computer Cleaning Tips

Computers. If you’re using the Internet or inserting USBs in your computer, it is best to scan them first for viruses. From time to time, you may need to download the latest edition of the virus scan software from the Internet. Once done, remember to activate it while surfing.

If you can purchase a UPS to save your files before power interruption, do so. This will not only save your important files but it will give you ample time to shut the computer off properly.

There are three main pieces of computer equipment that needs cleaning: the keyboard, the monitor screen and the mouse. You should also wipe a slightly damp rag around the outside of the hard drive but leave the insides of the computer alone.

Cleaning the keyboard

  1. Turn the keyboard upside down and shake dust and loose grime out of it.
  2.  Spray compressed air in between keys. (A good spray is the nasal suction used by babies.)
  3. Dab a cotton bud in rubbing alcohol and wipe in between keys.
  4. Wipe the surface of the keys with a towel soaked in rubbing alcohol.

Cleaning the monitor screen

  1. Spray some window/glass cleaning spray on a towel and wipe the screen clean.
  2. Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe any spray reside left on the screen.
  3. Laptop computer screens are more sensitive than desktop computers. On laptop screens, just use cloth dipped in warm water.

Cleaning the mouse

  1. If the mouse cursor is not working in the screen of your computer, you may need to clean it.
  2. Remove the mouse ball and rinse in a bowl of warm water.
  3. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the build-up from the rollers.
  4. Dry the mouse ball and put back in place.
  5. Finally, wipe the outside of the mouse clean with a cloth rinsed in warm water.

*Note: If your mouse still doesn’t work after you clean it, you may have to replace it with a new one.

Cleaning mouse pads

Mouse pads pick up plenty of dirt. The best way to clean a mouse pad is to pick it up and whack it free of grime and dust then wipe clean with a dry cloth. However, mouse pads are relatively cheap and should be replaced over time. That’s because the dirt that accumulates on the pad will eventually make its way into the mouse.

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