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Isn't it amazing how fast the dust and crumbs accumulate in your keyboard? How long has it been since you've cleaned your monitor? Here are some helpful suggestions to aid you in your cleaning efforts.
Cleaning Safety Precautions
- Never use solvents or flammable solutions to clean your computer or printer.
- Never use moisture near any electronic device unless it is designed for that purpose. These items will typically come in sealed packets and have an evaporation solution that will clean electronics without damaging the device.
- Never immerse any part of your computer or printer in water or cleaning solutions.
- Always turn off the computer before cleaning the keyboard, mouse, tower, or monitor.
- Always disconnect the power source before cleaning anything connected to the computer.
Cleaning the Computer Case
Use a soft, lint-free cloth to clean the computer’s exterior. Never use anything moist as water and electricity don’t mix. Lint from cotton or other materials will cause more dust than normal. Canned air is usually a good item to have on hand to blow dust from the vents at the front and back of the tower.
Cleaning the Monitor
Never use a solvent or alcohol to clean a LED or LCD screen. A microfiber cloth is always best for such a purpose.
Cleaning the Mouse
If you use a wireless mouse it would be best to remove the batteries before cleaning. It is always a good idea to replace the batteries regularly to keep them fresh and useful. Nearly all wireless mouse issues are dead or dying batteries. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the exterior and laser optic point (whether or not the mouse is wireless).
Cleaning the Keyboard
Canned air is the best for cleaning between the keys. Fingers will leave crud on the keys and a quick drying cloth, usually found with a keyboard cleaning kit is optimal, but a microfiber cloth will work in such a kits absence. Also, as with the wireless mouse, check and change the batteries regularly. Most wireless keyboard issues are related to dead or dying batteries.
Cleaning the Printer?
Never use any moisture near or inside a printer. Canned air is once again your best bet for clearing paper dust.
A desktjet printer will need to have the ink cartridges replaced regularly. When replacing them, check to see if there is excess ink collecting under or on the reservoir below the ink cartridge carriage. There will always be some excess ink spillage, but large, oily globs could mean a poor connection or failing cartridge. Use a printer cleaning kit to wipe down these areas and do not touch the electronic connection points for the ink cartridges as this may cause damage to them and keep the printer from functioning.
Laserjet printers collect paper dust just like any other printer, however, there are more places where the dust will collect. Remove the paper tray so that any particles will not land on the paper then open the top cover and remove the toner cartridge and spray the canned air in the first compartment. There is a back compartment as well, open that and spray that with the canned air.
Exterior cleaning is the same for printers as it is for computers, never use moisture near any electronic device unless it is designed for that purpose. Use a microfiber cloth if these products are not available.
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