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5 Tips for Keeping Your PC Equipment Clean
  Whether in the home or at the office, computers play an incredibly important role in our lives. And while much of the focus of PC care is on keeping your operating system virus-free, it’s easy to overlook a more traditional concern – keeping the actual computer hardware clean. Whether it’s your screen, keyboard, mouse, keyboard or processor and motherboard, build-up of dust, dirt, food scraps and grime can seriously affect your PC performance.
In fact, such is the importance of keeping your PC equipment clean that many office cleaning companies even offer PC cleaning as part of their business. Here are a few tips for keeping your computer equipment humming:
Before performing any cleaning:  Ensure your PC has been shut down and disconnected from the power point. If you attempt to clean your PC while electricity is still running through it, you’re putting yourself at risk of electrocution. I’d even recommend letting the PC sit for an hour or two once you’ve turned it off just to be safe. Additionally, static electricity from your body can damage computer parts when you touch them. You can get rid of static electricity (this is known as “grounding yourself”) by touching something metal beforehand. Alternatively, you can invest in an anti-static wristband which is available from all good electronics stores.
Cleaning dust from your computer parts:  Opening up your computer’s case can be daunting when you see all those wires and circuitry, but it’s important to keep those inside parts free from dust. If dust builds up too much, this can interfere with ventilation, causing parts to overheat and fail – then you’ll really have a problem on your hands. To clean dust from your computer parts, invest in a can of compressed air to blow the dust outside of the case. If this doesn’t work, try using a thin paintbrush to gently wipe the dust from affected parts. Once again, remember to always use an anti-static wristband as static electricity can damage computer parts.
Cleaning your keyboard:  It’s amazing what you’ll find once you’ve removed the buttons on your keyboard. Dust, dirt and food scraps are the most common, but pins, pebbles and even dead insects are not as uncommon as you’d think. To clean your keyboard you’ll need to remove keys, so ensure you take note of the keyboard layout before you begin doing so, else you might forget which keys go where once you’ve done. Having another keyboard nearby is a good way to achieve this. Alternatively, you can remove each key and clean beneath one by one, though this takes more time. Once the keys have been removed, tip the keyboard upside down and give it a good wipe with a dry cloth. A can of compressed air can once again help for the more stubborn inhabitants.
Cleaning your mouse:  You’ll know your mouse has too much dust and dirt in it when the cursor on your screen becomes uncooperative. You may notice it struggling to move where you want it to, or it may skip across the screen. The cleaning process varies depending on what type of mouse you have, but start by disconnecting the mouse from your computer. If you have an optical mouse (basically, one without a ball), you generally won’t have to worry about cleaning it as much as if you have a mechanical mouse (one with a ball). For mechanical mice, remove the mouse cover and then remove the ball. This will reveal rollers. These are likely to have rings of dust around them, so gently remove them using your fingernail or some other sharp object.
Cleaning your monitor:  Monitors can become covered in dust and dirt, and can also become smudged with fingerprints due to people touching the screen. If you have an older CRT monitor, the glass can be cleaned pretty much how you’d clean any other glass in your house. If you have a newer LCD or LED flat screen monitor, however, more care needs to be taken. Be sure to turn the screen off first. Ideally, you should use a microfiber cloth, like the ones used to clean spectacles. However, a regular cloth will also do the job. Avoid using items such as your paper towels or your shirt, as these are much more likely to scratch the screen.
If you run an office which has several computers in it, it might even be a good idea to employ a commercial cleaning company to keep computers clean. Many of these companies offer PC cleaning as part of their services.
Article Source: http://envirocleanfm.com.au/blog/5-tips-keeping-pc-equipment-clean/
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