One of the most often less cleaned spaces in a home is one of the most used ones: your home computer. Just about everyone in the home uses it at any given point, thus bringing germs, dust and other yucky stuff to this important device. If you need some tips on how to keep your computer clean safely–without hurting it in the process, than look no further!
Start with the Screen
To be safe, always make sure all parts of the computer are turned off and unplugged before cleaning! It is very important!
If you don’t already have one, pickup a microfiber cleaning cloth that is made just for electrical devices. Additionally, you can also purchase a special spray that is designed just for cleaning computer and/or TV screens. If you prefer to make your own cleaning concoction of 1-2 tablespoons of water and 1-2 tablespoons of white vinegar. You won’t need much to clean the screen!
Make sure you wet the cloth you intend to wipe the screen off with, and not the screen itself! Once wet, gently move in a circular pattern and wipe off the entire screen. This should leave it looking nice and clear for future use!
Cleaning the Keyboard
The keyboard on any common use computer is pretty disgusting. Anytime more than one person is regularly using the same computer, that opens the window for multitudes of dirt and bacteria. Therefore, the cleaning the keyboard on your computer is essential!
Some things that you may need for this are a can of compressed air, a stack of sticky note, rubbing alcohol, a microfiber cleaning cloth, cotton swabs and a few toothpicks. Start dipping a cotton swab into the rubbing alcohol so that it is damp, but not dripping wet. Go over the sides of each key with the dampened swab. To clean the top of each key, repeat this process with the microfiber cloth. Quickly run the damp cloth over the top of the keys and the parts of the keyboard that doesn’t have keys.
Use the sticky part of the post it notes and run it along the space between the keys, to remove any dust, dirt or hair – the toothpick to further this process. Use the can of compressed air to make this process even easier!
As far as the computer tower, wet a microfiber cloth with the same rubbing alcohol used for the keyboard and gently wipe off the top and sides of the tower. Check the back of tower to see if there is any kind of dust buildup. You can use the can of compressed air to blow away most of this.
Computer mouses can also be wiped off with the dampened microfiber cloth. The mouse should be regular wiped off as it can also be a haven for bacteria.
And once you have cleaned the outside, take some time to look inside to organize and clean your files.