Even if it seems to you that your computer or laptop is in order and does not require cleaning, this is not always the case. In fact, in most cases this is not the case at all. Every device needs a thorough cleaning and disinfection from time to time, and we know how to do it without resorting to drastic measures, but using improvised means. In addition, the dust in the body of the device is dangerous and sometimes slows down the work, so regular cleaning is necessary for any technique.
Perhaps the most exposed part of a computer to dirt and dust is the keyboard. Therefore, it is worth starting with it. If you are using a keyboard with a desktop computer, the first thing you need to do is disable it, be it a wired or Bluetooth device. In the case of a laptop, you need to unplug it and remove the battery, if possible.
After that, the keyboard or laptop should be turned over and shaken to slightly disperse the dust and particles accumulated inside.
The next task is more difficult: it is necessary to clean the dirt from under the keys and between them. There are several ways to do this.
One option that works great for the task is to mix a soft and sticky mixture that will catch and clean dust from cracks and holes.
If you do not know how exactly to do this, then there are various recipes for this.
One of the recipes is:
- Liquid starch — half a glass
- PVA glue 120 ml
- Half glass of water
- Optionally, you can add food coloring.
It is enough to mix all the ingredients together until a homogeneous mass. When the consistency begins to resemble plasticine, the mass can be used. Due to its sticky texture, it easily picks up dust and small particles, including bits of skin and food that sometimes get stuck between the keys. Store the mass in a tightly closed container.
Alternatively, use pieces of clear tape. This method is even easier — about a few centimeters of adhesive tape must be bent in half so that the sticky sides are on the outside. After that, pass the tape several times in the holes between the keys. Make sure that the tape does not leave marks on the parts.
The third option does not require the use of sticky substances, but uses air. You can use a blower or any other not too powerful compressed air blower to blow the dust out from under the keys. Cans of compressed air usually help.
When everything is cleaned inside, go to the outside: you can go over the keyboard with a disinfectant or wipes. At the same time, make sure that there are no strong solvents or stain removers on the wipes. Also, make sure the wipes are damp, not wet.
If you are using a mouse, please note that it also needs to be cleaned. In order to clean the mouse, you must first turn it off and remove the batteries, if any.
To remove dust from the wheel, turn the mouse over and rotate it. Gently wipe down the mouse with disinfectant wipes. Again, it’s important to make sure no liquid gets inside.
If the mouse has additional buttons, then they can be cleaned in the same way as the keyboard. Be careful and try not to damage anything inside.
The largest amount of dust accumulates in the computer system unit. Of course, it needs to be cleaned from time to time. In order to do this, you first need to disconnect all batteries and make sure that all wires are disconnected. After that, if possible, it is recommended to take the system unit outside, because otherwise you will simply drive the same dust around the room.
After that, remove all dust from the outside with a dry cloth or soft bristle brush. The next step is to open the system unit. Most modern cases open very simply, without the use of additional tools. But for older devices, you will need a screwdriver. It is enough to open the block from the sides to get to all areas.
Inside, everything must be cleaned manually again with a dry cloth or brush. Try not to damage the elements. If there are stubborn dirt, the task becomes more complicated: you will have to disassemble some parts such as the video card and memory modules. It will be good if you have a tube of thermal paste for such tasks.
All small boards can be gently cleaned with a cotton swab. After you get rid of the stubborn dust, you can use compressed air or a blower to blow the dust off the surface.
If you want to walk with a damp cloth, this can also be done, but only with the help of special cleaning fluids. The rag should be damp, not wet, and the cleaner should preferably be alcohol-based so that it dries easily.
Thoroughly clean all debris.
After the system unit is completely free of dust, you can reassemble it. For some time, about an hour after cleaning, it is not recommended to turn on the computer so as not to damage the internal elements.
With a screen, things are much easier. In order to clean it from dirt, you will need wet wipes with a cleaning agent. The monitor is cleaned like any optics, you need to turn it off and gently walk in a circular motion on the screen. So that the drops do not freeze on the screen and do not cause distortion, be sure to wipe the surface with a dry cloth from above. It is better to use microfiber cloths to avoid scratching the surface and damaging the screen.
Everything else is cleaned like any other item. A simple wet wipe. If you’re cleaning your headphone speakers, it’s best if the cloth is dry. The earbuds can be cleaned with a dry cotton swab.
Special cleaning products
In order to effectively clean the equipment, it is not necessary to always use improvised materials. Pear JJC CL-B9 can easily cope with the removal of dust and small particles from the elements of the computer. It is made of soft and dense non-toxic rubber, which is resistant to temperature extremes. The pear fits comfortably in the hand thanks to the ribbed surface, is easy to use and convenient not only for cleaning computers and laptops, but also for cleaning optics.
Microfiber cloths are always useful in the care of any devices, both optical and otherwise. That is why it is always recommended to have several microfiber cloths on hand. Prolike CL-C3 is a comfortable quality cloth that effectively removes dust and dirt without leaving lint, scratches or streaks on the surface. For photographers, this napkin can also serve as a gray card for adjusting white balance.
Green Clean G‑2016 Hi Tech — Air&Vacuum Power is a 150 ml can of compressed gas, which is perfect for cleaning old and dried dust. The minimum service life is 100 one-second valve presses at a temperature of +20°C.
Remember to keep your appliances clean and tidy and always be gentle when cleaning.