Computer Cleaning Kit

by Karen Bates
(last updated April 9, 2012)

You rely on your computer for many things, and it's important that you keep it running properly to ensure it lasts for a long time. You probably keep the machine in good shape by running regular virus scans and organizing your files, but there is more to cleaning your computer than these steps. Don't forget that the computer itself needs to be physically cleaned once in a while.

Although it may not be obvious all the time, computers can get dirty inside and out. You might notice that the screen gets dusty form time to time, but that is not the only area of the computer that needs cleaning attention. There are parts you might not pay a lot of attention to that could use careful cleaning every so often. These could include the keyboard, the computer fan, the inside of the computer, the mouse, and the computer case exterior.

To effectively clean your computer, it can help to put together a cleaning kit that contains the tools you'll need to get your machine really clean. Begin by gathering items together so that you will have them conveniently available for the times your computer could use some attention:

  • Canned air. This is an indispensable tool for computer cleaning. It can blow away dust, dirt, and crumbs without causing damage to delicate parts of your machine. Use it to remove particles from your keyboard, the fan, inside the computer, or on top of the computer tower or monitor.
  • Cotton swabs. These are helpful for cleaning hard to reach spots and small spaces, such as between keyboard keys. They can also be useful for cleaning small parts within the computer, but be careful while you clean.
  • Rubbing alcohol. Apply a little rubbing alcohol to a cloth or cotton swab. Then, wipe the buttons on your mouse and the keyboard keys to remove stuck-on dirt and oils. Don't use too much—just a little should be enough to clean without harming your computer.
  • Cloths or paper towels. Dampen a cloth or paper towel with a little water, then use it to wipe off the outside of your computer case. This will get rid of any dust or dirt that may be coating the surface.

When cleaning the computer, be sure it is unplugged and that you wear any necessary safety gear to protect yourself, such as gloves and safety glasses.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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