The mouse, the monitor and keyboard, those are the three computer hardware that we often see and most of the time we tend to ignore. The insides of the computer tower are somewhat daunting to a number of people so let’s leave that one for later. Let’s focus on what you often see and that’s those three things: the mouse, the monitor and your keyboard.
The keyboard is one of the major casualties of dirt. You often eat while doing something in your computer so expect crumbs of food in your keyboard. The first thing that would need to do is to turn the keyboard upside down and give it a shake. Most of the crumbs will fall out. If your still notice some dirt stuck underneath the keys, a compressed can of air will do the trick. Make sure to blow the compressed air around the keys so you can remove as much dirt as possible. Get a cotton swap and dipped it in alcohol. Not too wet though. Once you have the cotton swab start swabbing the sides and tops of the keys.
If you accidentally spilled liquid on your keyboard, remove the keyboard from your computer and flip it over. Let the liquid drip off and then get a paper towel to dry the liquid on top of the keyboard. You will need a compressed can of air again for this one. After you blow air on the wet keyboard, you leave it to dry overnight. When you spilled liquid on your laptop’s keyboard, you will have to be very careful.
For your mouse, you will have to use paper towel damped with alcohol. If you’re still using a ball mouse, open the mouse and remove the roller ball. Wash the ball with water and let it dry. Then you clean the inside with a cotton swab and rub the inside. You will probably see the dirt inside the mouse you can scrape it off with your finger or a pair of tweezers or something. If you’re using an optical mouse, cleaning the optics with a cotton swab would be enough.
Your monitor would need some cleaning as well. All you need to do is use a damped paper towel or a soft cloth. A lint-free cloth would be nice. If you clean the monitor, do not spray the water or any liquid directly to your monitor’s screen. Moisten the cloth or paper towel instead and gently wipe the screen. The mouse, keyboard and screen can be cleaned on a weekly basis.