Cleaning Your Computer Top to Bottom

A clean computer looks better, runs better, and spreads a lot less germs, but if you’re not familiar with how to clean it, you might be reluctant to get started. This task doesn’t take very long, and you can easily work it into your regular house cleaning routine once or twice a month.

Cleaning you computer might not seem like an important housekeeping task, but if you spend a lot of time on it, you will appreciate the results!

Cleaning the Computer Itself

When you look at your computer, you might be a little intimidated—buttons, vents, plugs, ports, a CD tray or two—but if you know how to clean it, you can be confident that you’ll get the job done without damaging anything.

It starts and ends with a cotton swap dipped in rubbing alcohol and wrung out. Use that cotton swab to clean the vents, plugs, and ports. If this is the first time you’ve cleaned it, expect to go through several swabs. The alcohol works because it cleans and disinfects, but dries extremely quickly so moisture doesn’t stick around.

If the side of your case is looking a little worse for wear, you can use a cloth or paper towel dipped in the same alcohol and wrung out to rub the bigger spaces like the side and top.

Cleaning the Keyboard & Mouse

Keyboards have been shown to collect germs at a level that might make you cringe, so cleaning out your keyboard is a good way to keep those germs at bay. Start by turning your keyboard upside down and shaking it gently to get out any crumbs or larger particles. Follow this up with a can of compressed air (available at any computer or electronics store), focusing on the spaces between the keys.

Finally, take a cotton swab like before and clean both the top of the keys and between each one.

Your mouse is a lot simpler: a cloth or paper towel slightly damp with rubbing alcohol will do the trick. Check the bottom of your mouse, too; to make sure nothing’s blocking your mouse’s sensor.

Cleaning the Monitor

Start with a lint-free or microfiber cloth. To be on the safe side, use a cleaner specifically designed for computer, TV, and smart phone glass. Alternatively, you can use a tablespoon of mild dish soap mixed with two cups of water, but you will have to wring out your cloth really well.

Wipe the screen like you would if you were washing a window, then use your rubbing alcohol damp cloth to clean the frame and back of the monitor.

Take a few minutes to do this, and you’ll feel much better the next time you sit down at your computer.

For more detailed instructions and ideas, check out Microsoft's guide.



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