Keeping Your Computer Squeaky CleanFor optimum computer system health, do your best to keep you computer's insides and outsides squeaky clean. Dust can accumulate in the vents and increase your PC's temperatures, which ultimately could cause system failure. Built up crumbs and dust in your keyboard can cause sticking and malfunction as well. So it's a good idea to make computer cleaning part of your regular routine. Here are some tips for cleaning your computer or laptop.*
Always start your cleaning routine by turning off your computer. If you are planning to clean internally, make sure to turn off your system and unplug all cords from the wall.
Some tools you may need:
Cleaning Your Computer's Exterior
Dampen a soft, clean cloth with plain water. Never spray water directly onto the computer. Moisten the cloth and then wipe down the computer's hard exterior. Then run a cotton swab moistened with-not wet with-rubbing alcohol around all of the openings on the back of your computer. Go back over each opening with a dry swab to finish.
Again with a soft clean cloth dampened with plain water, wipe the screen. Many cleaning solvents or special computer-cleaning cloths are too harsh for monitors or leave a residue. Gently wipe the screen and remove dust, hair and fingerprints. Especially on laptop screens, apply pressure evenly to the cloth and try not to press your fingers into the cloth or the screen.
Next flip your keyboard over and give it a gentle shake. You might be surprised how many cookie crumbs fall out of there. Then flip it back and clean between the keys with a can of compressed air and a damp microfiber cloth. Again, do not spray directly into the keyboard but moisten the cloth first. Use moistened-not wet-cotton swabs to clean in and around keys.
Unplug your mouse and wipe down the outer casing with a soft, damp cloth. Flip over the mouse, unscrew the bottom and remove the ball. Wash the ball with water and allow it to dry completely. For extreme grime, use a little rubbing alcohol on your damp cloth to remove. Use compressed air to blow any dust and particles out of the interior. When the ball is dry, replace it and replace the cover.
For this step, remember to turn off and unplug your computer, and never spray water directly into your computer.
* Before cleaning your computer the first time, make sure to consult your user's guide to check for any special instructions or warnings for cleaning your individual system.
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