Keeping Your Computer Clean

What is the best way to clean your computer, keyboard and mouse and mouse pad? I think a lot of people neglect this part of owning a computer. Or they don't really understand how to do it properly. I know lots of people who never clean their keyboards. Never clean the inside of their computers. Have never opened up the tower at all. Dust gets in their people. Gunk gets on your mouse. All parts of your computer need cleaning just as much as anything else in your house.

The easiest way to clean keyboard, mouse and mouse pad is with cotton balls and rubbing alcohol. I pour a little of the Isopropyl alcohol into a small (3 ounce) plastic bathroom cup and use it to dunk and wring out my cotton balls.

The cotton balls are easy to get into the spaces between the keys and make cleaning the tops of the keys and the surrounding surfaces easy as well. Same goes for the mouse. Don't neglect the underside of the mouse. That's the part that gets the most dirty. It's rubbing all day on the mouse pad, which is constantly being rubbed by your hand and wrist. Human skin has a lot of oils which will deposit themselves on those surfaces. If you're going to take the time out to clean the mouse, you need to clean the mouse pad as well. Otherwise you've wasted your time doing the first half of that task.

I like to clean the computer tower and monitor with a spray bottle of 2 parts rubbing alcohol to 1 part water mixture. Don't spray it directly on anything. Moisten a paper towel and use it to wipe down all the equipment. After everything is nicely wiped and dried I come back with the vacuum and suck up any dust or debris left behind.

For the inside of the computer tower I gently and gingerly vacuum out any dust, being mindful of wires, connections and sensitive areas. If you have a device that can blow air instead of suck, that is probably safer. But either method will work.

Keeping your computer clean doesn't end at the dust and grime stage. There are tons of malicious programs and viruses that can muck up the software works of your box. Keeping that neat and tidy is mostly a matter of good preventative software and a little bit of common sense. While there is no perfect anti-virus/anti-malware program out there, some are more effective than others. You may have to go through several brands before you hit upon the one that is right for you. But it should be possible to find a free version that sufficiently protects your computer. It should also be doable to find a single program that covers pretty much all your bases. There's no need for three or four different protective softwares. Clutter is not good.


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