The workplace is not kind to computers. It doesn’t matter how clean, how cool, or how dry your office is, there are environmental factors which will do their best to shorten the life of your PC. Thinking about all of the harm which can come to your computer while at work can be enough to make some PC users tech hypochondriacs. Fortunately, there are basic maintenance tips which, when performed regularly, can keep your computer running fast and smooth.
Every three months, take some cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol. Dip one end of the swab in the alcohol and swab the edges of any vents or openings in your PC case. Repeat the process with the dry end of the swab. If you have a dust and dirt build-up in any vent, you can use a vacuum cleaner to clean out the vent before using the rubbing alcohol. You do not want to use a can of compressed air as this will blow the dirt into the PC case, causing issues with clogged fans and heat sinks and leading to overheating issues which can kill your PC and it’s components.
For the rest of the case, use a cloth and a surface cleaner. Spray the cleaner on the cloth, not the case, to avoid any cleaner getting inside the case. Wipe the case down like you would any other surface, being careful not to wipe dirt into any vents or openings.
For the screen, use a dry microfiber cloth or a Swiffer duster. Wipe the screen carefully as too much pressure can damage the screen. If there is still dirt or dust on the screen, wet the cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe the screen clean.
For the rest of the monitor, use the same process as with the PC case, being extra careful on the back of the monitor as there are air vents located there.
Turn the keyboard upside down and shake it. This will dislodge most of the dirt trapped in the keyboard. With the keyboard still facing upside down, use a can of compressed air to blow out any remaining dirt. You will probably want to do this over a trash can to avoid making a mess. You should also use cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol to clean and disinfect the keys.
WHAT ABOUT INSIDE MY PC?
Unless you are a trained computer technician, DO NOT open your PC case. There are many delicate hardware components which can be easily damaged if handled incorrectly, even by well meaning users who just want to help their computer run faster. If you are concerned about the cleanliness of your computer, both inside and out, give Best Technology a call at (440) 365-3300 and speak to one of our Business Technology Consultants about how we can help keep your PCs running like well oiled machines.