Cleaning a Computer

by Emily McBride
(last updated December 22, 2014)

Computers, besides from being a necessary part of today's world, are valuable and expensive. Because of their value, it's important to keep them clean! There are to important parts of cleaning your computer: the outside and the inside.

Cleaning the outside of your computer isn't very hard as long as you know what you are doing. You do not want to spray normal cleaner on your computer or in your keyboard, as it could seep down into the inside and harm your computer. For a light cleaning, just wipe down the parts of your computer (mouse, monitor, case, keyboard, etc.) with a soft damp cloth of soapy water. If your monitor screen is dirty, you can use window cleaner on it. Try spraying it on a cloth or paper towel instead of directly on the monitor so that it doesn't harm any other parts. If you have an anti glare coating on your monitor, you need to use a special cleaner because window cleaner will damage it. Use a vacuum attachment to clean your keyboard and any other parts with crevasses. Cans of compressed air make it much easier to reach the small parts of your computer that gather dust. Be careful cleaning around ventilation holes or openings. Try to clean the mouse to your computer regularly as it gathers a lot of germs from your hands. Just use a damp, soapy, soft cloth. The ways you clean your computer might depend on the specific make and model, so make sure you check any directions that might have come with your computer before cleaning.

Cleaning the inside of your computer is more tricky than cleaning the outside. It's good to try to clean your hard drive as you go—delete documents and files that you know you don't need, keep documents organized into folders, regularly update the software (most computers have an automatic update button that you just need to click on), etc. Installing anti-virus software at the beginning should help your computer stay cleaner and safe in the long run as well. Many computers have ways to automatic disc cleanup. The exact instructions for how to do this will be based on the type of computer you have. You should be able to find more information in the "help" section on your computer or online.

Try to keep up on cleaning your computer and it will be easier to clean. Clean your computer regularly in order to get it into top condition. Your wallet will thank you later!

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

MORE FROM EMILY

Living with Arthritis

Many people suffer from arthritis, making it one of the most common health problems in the United States. However, ...

Discover More

Bagless Vacuums

Do you want a bagless vacuum, but are a little unsure about whether you should get one though? If so, then never fear. ...

Discover More

Electrolysis Hair Removal

Are you tired of shaving your legs or plucking your eyebrows? Electrolysis hair removal produces lasting results.

Discover More

The Power of Microfiber! Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths will become your favorite tool for every cleaning task. This 36-cloth package is perfect for hundreds of uses in the garage, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and all around the house. Each cloth is tough, streak-free, lint-free, reusable, and washable. Check out Microfiber Cleaning Cloths today!

More Cleaning Tips

Keyboard Cleaners

Your keyboard is a vital part of your computer. By keeping it clean, you can ensure that it will continue to work well.

Discover More

Cleaning LCD Screens

The most important thing to remember when using and cleaning your LCD screens is that they are not made of glass, and ...

Discover More

Computer Cleaning Kit

Do you have the tools necessary to keep your computer clean? Create a computer cleaning kit so you will always have what ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 9 - 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.