If you are someone who uses their computer every day for work, keeping your computer clean is essential. Your computer can gather dust, dirt, and germs in places like the keyboard and the mouse. If you share your computer with other people, your equipment can become a hotspot for the transfer of microbes and bacteria.
Even people who wash their hands regularly can’t get away from the unsavory grime that a dirty computer has in store. In fact, studies have shown that there are more harmful bacteria on your computer keyboard than in most toilet bowls. Here are a few tips on how to clean your computer correctly so you can stay clean and healthy.
Cleaning your Keyboard
If you have a desktop computer, turn it off and unplug the keyboard. Laptop users should make sure that their device is turned off – not in sleep mode – before they begin the cleaning process. Turn the keyboard over and give it a shake. Do this either outside or over an easily cleanable area like a sink. This will allow bigger particles like crumbs to fall out.
Get a pressurized air can. These can be found at either your local hardware store or your office supply store. Use the pressurized air to blast dust particles out from between your keys. If you do not wish to use compressed air, you can also use a vacuum cleaner on low power so as not to loosen any keys or damage your keyboard. Once you’ve correctly dusted your keyboard, don’t forget to clean the surface with a disinfectant wipe or slightly damp cloth.
Cleaning Your Mouse
If you use a desktop, you should also be cleaning your mouse periodically. If you live at home with others, your desktop stands a higher chance of being introduced to foreign bacteria. Use pressurized air to get rid of any dust or debris from in between your left and right-click buttons. Take either a disinfectant wipe or cloth lightly soaked in alcohol to get rid of germs on the top of the mouse. Cleaning the underside of your mouse will also help with its performance.
Cleaning Your Mousepad
Don’t forget to clean your mouse pad. The mouse pad is an item that many people forget to clean. Mousepads absorb dirt and dust from your desk as well as oil and soil from your hands. A dirty mouse pad can negatively affect the performance of your mouse. Not to mention, it can also begin to smell pretty bad. For a quick clean, antibacterial wipes will do a decent job. But if your mouse pad really needs a thorough wash, you can always grab a sponge or brush and wash it in the sink. If your mouse pad gives off an unpleasant odor, you can always try putting it in your laundry machine. Leave it out to air dry — putting a mouse pad in the dryer can destroy it.
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