Your computer is like a best friend. You spend time with it just about every day. But have you looked at it lately? Ugh! Yeah it can get pretty dirty just like you would if you sat all day long in one spot and had everyone’s dirty hands all over you! Here are some tips for cleaning your laptop or PC.
The first thing to remember is even though your computer screen or monitor resembles a television screen, you don’t clean it the same way. Spraying Windex on your screen will create big problems, like taking off the special anti-glare coating. Computers work hard but they are delicate. Take the soft approach.
Cleaning the Screen
Whether a laptop or a desktop, the screen will get dirty. You touch it, let it collect dust and dare we say, have probably sneezed on it (deadlines still exist even when you are under the weather). Over time, all of this stuff builds up on your computer and needs to be cleaned off.
To see just how dirty your computer is, turn it off and stare at the blank screen. Before you scream, grab a soft, lint-free cloth (our favorite is the iClean chamois cloth and screen cleaner). You can buy them at any computer store.
Gently apply even pressure as you wipe dirt and dust off of the screen. If you have a laptop, support the screen with your hand behind it. And keep in mind that any flat screen can be damaged with *too much* pressure.
If the screen is still not clean, you can apply a little cleaner specifically for computer monitors to the screen. Commercial cleaners may say that they are safe for computers but may leave a film on your screen which kind of defeats the purpose of cleaning it, right? But a screen cleaner specifically for your type of monitor (CRT, LCD, anti-glare, etc) can be bought for very little at your local computer store.
Cleaning the Keyboard
For most of us, the dirtiest looking place on our computers is the keyboard – or rather in-between the keys on the keyboard. Over time, dust, lint, dirt, food and other small particles get wedged between keys. Since the keys are so close together, it is nearly impossible to clean between them with a cloth without popping off the keys first.
Instead, use a can of compressed air (another easily obtainable item at your local computer store) to clean your keyboard. Start at one end of the row of keys and direct the spray towards the other to move all the dirt out in one direction. Use some of the screen cleaner to wipe skin oils from the keyboard keys. You can follow all of this up with a computer brush or computer vacuum to remove the last bits of debris.
Try to perform this maintenance on a monthly basis. It prevents sticky key situations and for laptop users, it will also help keep your screen cleaner longer.