General Cleaning Tips
Cleaning your computer and its components helps maintain it in good working order. Dirt and dust can interfere with the computers cooling needs and this can ultimately result in expensive repairs. You will be surprised how dust is sucked up and accumulates inside the computer case.
Static electricity traps dust and dirt and makes them cling to components and as they build up they keep the computer from cooling properly, they get into moving parts drying out bearings, and wearing out components prematurely. If you have never opened your computer case you may be surprised how dirty the inside has become. If you are hearing groaning noises and squeaking coming from inside the computer it is crying out to be cleaned.
It also may suprise you but bacteria and other nasties build up on keyboards, mice, and other components and can cause infections and lost work time. A regular clean prevents costly downtime of both equipment and staff.
You should give your computer a thorough clean at least twice per year. If you are working in a particular dusty environment we recommend every three months.
Note: Before cleaning disconnect the machine from the power
1. Never spray any type of liquid onto any computer component.
2. A vacuum can be used to clean around their computer on the outside case and on their keyboard. DO NOT use a vacuum inside the computer as it generates a lot of static electricity that can damage the internal components of your computer. You can purchase compressed air from us or let us do it for you.
3. When cleaning a component and/or the computer, turn it off before cleaning.
4. Be cautious when using any type of cleaning solvents; Some solvents can damage the computer case and it is important you use the correct cleaning fluid for your screen. We recommend you use a cleaner specifically sold forthis purpose and not a normal household cleaner.
5. When cleaning fans, especially the smaller fans within a portable computer or laptop either hold the fan or place something in-between the fan blades to prevent it from spinning. Spraying compressed air into a fan may cause damage to some fans or in some cases cause back voltage.
6. Never eat or drink around the computer. You would be surprised how many repairs we do with coffee damage.
9. Limit smoking around the computer. Smoke is sucked up into the case.
Keep in mind that some components in your computer may only be able to be cleaned using a product designed for cleaning that component. Some househols items can be used but if in doubt use a product specifically designed for the job.
1. A cloth is the best tool for cleaning component such as the outside of the case, a drive,mouse, etc; although paper towels can be used with most hardware, we recommend using a cloth when ever possible. Caution: You should not use a cloth to clean any circuitry.
2. When moistening a cloth, it is best to use water or rubbing alcohol. Other solvents may be bad for the plastics used with your computer.
3. Blowing the dust, dirt, hair, cigarette particles, and other particles out of a computer can be one of the best methods of cleaning a computer. We can do it for you and give your computer a general check up or warrant of fitness or you can purchase a small aerosol of compressed air. If you must use a vacuum do not use a standard vacuum as it can generate static electricity that can damage your computer. Only use a portable vacuum but we would recommend you refrained from using any sort of vacuum.
4. Cotton swaps moistened with rubbing alcohol or water are excellent tools for wiping hard to reach areas in your keyboard, mouse, and other locations. Alternativey there are gel products on the market that clean these difficult areas extremely well.
Cleaning a Laptop
Unlike a desktop a laptop or notebook is not easy to open and clean. However, there are few things you can do to keep your machine looking new. Again, like a desktop disconnect the power before commencing. In t5his case remove the battery from the machine as well.
1. The case can be cleaned with a damp cottom cloth. For stubborn marks you can use a rubbing alcohol but do not use househols cleaning products as they may damage the plastic.
2. Opeings the in the case must be kept free of dust and dirt. If blocked it will prevent cool air getting into the laptop and the hotair out. Overheatinga laptop is a quick way to end up having to pay for costly repairs. You can use a moist cotton bud or use compressed air. NOTE: If you do use compressed air it can the internal fans to overspin and causing damage. To prevent this use a toothpick placed between the blades to stop the spinning before cleaning.
3. The keyboard and mouse pad can be cleaned with a moist cloth. NOT wet. Compressed air can also be used or a gel product such as cyber clean.
4. Do not use household cleaners on your screen. Glass cleaners or ammonia based cleaners can remove the anti glare protection. We suggest a damp clothg or use the proper computer screen cleaner fluid.
5. Cleaning internal parts on a laptop is a difficult and often complex task and can break warrantees. If you beleive your machine is not functioning properly and is suffering frompossible overheating we suggest you bring it in.
Cleaning Your Mouse
A modern optical mouse is easy to clean having no moving parts. A wipe with a cloth and rubbing alcohol is sufficient. However, the old style mechanical mice (with a ball) picks up dust and dirt and eventually becomes difficult to use.
To clean a maechanical mouse:
1. Remove bottom cover from the mouse by rotating it open. The cover including the rubber ball should fall out. If this does not happen gently shake until this occurs.
2. Once remove you should see three small rollers. Using a cotton bud or a finger nail scrape the dirt off across the roller until each roller is perfectly clean. In most cases you can visiably see a small line of dirt around the roller that must be removed.
3. Now clean replace the ball and cover.If you are still having problems theremay be something wrong with the mouse.
4. It is also a great idea to keep your mouse pad clean. It will improve mouse movement and keep the old mechanical mice full getting dirty quickly.
To clean your drive purchase a CD-ROM cleaner specific to this job. In addition to cleaning the drive use a cloth dampened with water to clean the tray that ejects from the drive. Make sure that after the tray has been cleaned that it completely dry before putting the tray back into the drive.
DVD/CD Disc Cleaning
Cleaning CDs and DVDs should be done with a cleaning kit but you can use a normal clean cotton cloth if you are careful. If you use a clean cloth wipe against the tracks (NOT parallel to them in a circular motion), starting from the middle of the CD or DVD and wiping towards the outer side. Never wipe with the tracks; doing so may put more scratches on the disc.