Computers that have never been cleaned can cause computers to quickly become damaged, unsightly and become a center for gathering various germs. How often should the computer be cleaned? The frequency with which a computer should be cleaned varies on several factors. If the computer is in a public place and is dusty, it is best to clean it once a week. But if you are in a clean air-conditioned room, once a month is enough.
Below is a list of general tips when cleaning a computer component or peripheral as well as tips to help keep your computer clean.
1. Do not spray any liquid on the computer components. If needed, spray the liquid onto the cloth and then use the cloth to clean.
2. You can use a vacuum cleaner to suck up dirt, dust, or hair on the outside of the computer. However, it is best not to use it for the inside of your computer as it generates a lot of static electricity which can damage the internal components of your computer. If you need to use a vacuum to clean the inside of your computer, use a portable battery-powered vacuum designed to do this job or use a camera cleaner.
3. Turn off the computer and unplug it before cleaning the computer.
4. Be careful when using cleaning solutions, because some cleaning solvents react to plastic surfaces and can damage them. Always try to use water or diluted soap.
5. When cleaning, be careful not to unplug the cables from the plugs. If you have to unplug it, in order to make access easier, don’t forget where the cable is attached. Mark it with a label.
6. When cleaning fans, especially smaller fans in portable computers or laptops, it is recommended that you also hold the fan or the space between the fan blades to prevent it from spinning.
7. Limit smoking around the computer.
Computer cleaning tools
While many companies have created products to help clean computers and peripherals, you can also use household appliances to clean them. Below is a list of tools you may need when cleaning your computer.
• Cloths are the best tools to use when cleaning components, do not use tissue, as they can fall out and fall into the computer. Caution: It is recommended to use only a cloth when cleaning the exterior of components. Using a cloth to clean the motherboard can generate damaging static electricity.
• Water or alcohol – When wetting a cloth, it is best to use water or rubbing alcohol. Other cleaning fluids may not be suitable for the plastics used in your computer.
• Portable vacuum – Vacuuming dust, dirt, hair, cigarette particles, and other particles from your computer can be one of the best methods of cleaning your computer. Over time, these items can restrict airflow within the computer and corrode it. Do not use a standard vacuum as it can generate a lot of static electricity which can damage your computer.
• Cotton bud – swap A cotton swab moistened with alcohol or water is an excellent tool for wiping hard-to-reach places.
• Foam Swabs – Whenever possible, it is better to use foam.
Cleaning the Case
Why does it need to be cleaned? In order to keep the appearance of the computer looking new. It also helps keep air flowing smoothly into the computer. Piles of dust can damage the fan and obstructed airflow will make the temperature inside the computer hot and can cause the computer to stop working. Procedure: The PC case can be cleaned with a soft cloth slightly dampened with water. For stubborn stains, add a little detergent to the fabric. Make sure all vents and vents are clean by rubbing a cloth over the vents and vents. It is safe to use a standard vacuum cleaner when cleaning the external vents of the computer, however, if you need to clean the inside of the computer, use a battery-powered portable vacuum to prevent static electricity.
Cleaning CD-ROM, DVD
Why? A dirty CD-ROM/DVD ROM drive can cause read errors when accessing discs. Reading errors can cause software installation problems or problems running the program. Procedure: To clean the CD-ROM drive, it is recommended to purchase a CD-ROM cleaner from a computer store. This cleaner will clean the CDROM optics. For the outside, you can clean with a cloth.
Cleaning Hard disk
The hard disk cannot be physically cleaned. What you can do is clean it by software, which is to delete unused files and tidy up files by arranging them in an organized folder. Defrag your hard drive so that its performance returns to normal.
The steps below are for cleaning the standard desktop keyboard. Dust, dirt, and bacteria Computer keyboards often contain germs, and often contain more bacteria than a toilet seat. Cleaning can help remove harmful bacteria. Dirt, dust and hair can also cause the keyboard to malfunction. Procedure: Before cleaning the keyboard first turn off the computer, or if you are using a USB keyboard unplug it from the computer. Not unplugging the keyboard can cause it to cause other problems just as you could cause the computer to do tasks you don’t want to do. Many people clean the keyboard by turning it over and shaking it. A more effective method is to use an air compressor, the goal of which is to blow away all the dust and dirt that has accumulated there. A vacuum cleaner can also be used. cleanly you have to unplug the keys from the keyboard. After the dust, dirt, and hair have been removed. Spray the disinfectant onto the cloth and scrub each key on the keyboard. As mentioned in the general tips, never spray any liquid on the keyboard. Substance spilled onto the keyboard If the keyboard has traces of liquid spilled on it (eg tea, coffee, milk, etc.), not taking the proper steps could result in damage to the keyboard.
Procedure: Below are some recommendations to help prevent the keyboard from being damaged by liquid spilling on it. If something spills onto the keyboard immediately shut down the computer or at least remove it from the computer. After that immediately flip the keyboard to prevent the liquid from spreading. While the keyboard is upside down, rock the keyboard over a surface that can be cleaned later. Use a dry cloth to help clean. After cleaning, you should leave the keyboard to dry. If after cleaning your keyboard you have sticky keys, remove them and clean the area around them. If after doing all the steps above the keyboard does not work properly it is recommended that you buy a new keyboard.
Why? Dirt, dust, and finger prints can make the computer screen difficult to read. Procedure: Unlike computer monitors, LCD/flat-panel displays are not made of glass, therefore requiring special cleaning procedures. When cleaning the LCD screen it is important to remember not to spray any liquid on the LCD directly, press gently when cleaning, and do not use tissue paper as it can cause the LCD to be scratched. To clean the LCD screen we recommend that you use a microfiber cloth or a soft cotton cloth. If a dry cloth doesn’t completely clean the screen, you can pour alcohol on the cloth and wipe the screen. Alcohol is generally used to clean the LCD before leaving the factory.
Cleaning the Motherboard
Why? Dust and especially particulate matter from cigarette smoke can corrode circuits causing various problems such as computer jams. Likewise, the dust that collects in the fan/heatsink processor can cause the processor to cool down and cause the computer to crash. Procedure: The recommendation when cleaning the motherboard from dust, dirt, or hair is to use an air compressor. Another good alternative is to use a portable battery powered vacuum that can effectively remove dust, dirt and hair from the motherboard. However, do not use a standard electric powered vacuum as it can generate a lot of static electricity which can damage the computer. When using a vacuum it is very important that you keep a few centimeters away from the motherboard and all other components to prevent components from being sucked into the vacuum.
Cleaning the mouse
Why? A dirty mouse can make it difficult to move the mouse as well as cause odd mouse movements. Procedure: To clean the optical mouse, clean the bottom of the mouse, where the dust sticks
Cleaning the Printer
Why? Cleaning the outside of the printer can help keep the printer looking good, and keep the printer clean of germs. Procedure: First, make sure to turn off the printer before cleaning it. Wet a cloth with water or alcohol and wipe the printer case and the buttons on the printer. As previously mentioned, never spray any liquid directly into the printer.
Why? Ordinary flatbed scanners get dirty with dust, fingerprints and hair. When the scanner is dirty, the scanned image may have distortion. Procedure: Clean the surface of the flatbed scanner by spraying window cleaner onto a cotton cloth and wiping the glass clean. As previously mentioned, never spray liquid directly onto components. To clean the outside of the scanner, the same towel or cotton cloth can be used.