Keeping it clean

Blog Author: Aaron Smith | November 7th, 2014

Are you the type of person that hates all those finger prints on your device? Even if you aren’t, it is still a good idea to take a few moments now and then to clean your technology. However, what’s the best way to keep your stuff clean?

Monitors

As with anything that is electrical, ensure that it is turned off and preferably disconnected from the mains first. Grab a cloth that will trap the dust and dirt, something with microfibre will work well.

Wipe the monitor down and polish the screen carefully without exerting too much pressure. If there any stains that remain, moisten the cloth in water and repeat. Don’t spray anything directly onto the monitor, always use a damp cloth.

Avoid using paper products as they may scratch the viewing surface and reduce visibility.

Devices

For your mobile or tablet, follow the same procedure as with monitors, i.e. wiping with a damp rag.

Avoid alcohol and detergent which may void the manufacturer’s warranty if applied.

Cotton buds soaked in water are also a great tool for getting into all those nooks and crannies.

Keyboard

Before starting, ensure your computer is powered down. Next simply turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake it. You can use a fine long bristled brush to loosen any grime that fails to come loose. You can also use compressed air for a better result.

To actually clean the keys you’ll need something that will cut through the oil your fingers leave in place. To do this use rubbing alcohol but do so gently to ensure you don’t damage the travel.

Mouse

Ensure your computer is powered off and disconnect the mouse. In most cases a wipe with a damp cloth will work wonders but for those especially grimy areas rubbing alcohol might again be called for. As always, be gentle when cleaning and be careful not to drop the mouse during the process.

Laptop’s case

Power off your laptop and disconnect it from the mains. Start again with a wipe over using a damp cloth. Compressed air can be used to clean in the cracks and between the keyboard. The same advice about the laptop’s screen applies as it does to your normal desktop screen.

For more stubborn marks you can use some general purpose cleaner but ensure that you don’t spray it directly onto the machine, only onto a cloth and avoid using more aggressive cleaners on the screen.

Desktop computer

Ensure your desktop is off and disconnected from the mains. You can clean the front and sides of your desktop but definitely avoid touching the rear of the machine where all the connections are. If you need to disconnect anything spend a few minutes labelling the connection to ensure that it returns to its original location.

It is important to ensure that you don’t flood the area you are cleaning and that it is dry before powering the machine back up. A finish with compressed air will generally ensure no water has pooled into a critical area.

It is not generally recommended that you clean the inside of your desktop, even though it generally gets very dusty in there. Before attempting to clean the inside of a desktop check the vents. If these are clogged carefully use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust.

If you do want to clean the inside of your desktop avoid use any moisture. Only use air and a dry cloth. A vacuum cleaner is also good to have on hand to reduce the dust transfer.

Above all when it comes to cleaning any technology use common sense, avoid excessive liquids and be gentle. If you have any questions about keeping your technology equipment in tip top shape please contact Correct on (02) 8831 8200.

 

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