Best practices for cleaning computer equipment

Everyone who possess a computer should clean its equipment regularly and on a daily basis. Dust on the parts of your computer is not only unattractive but it can also damage your computer and reduce its performance when accumulated over a long period of time. So, if you clean up your computer regularly, you can make it look attractive and neat, and on the other hand prevent the risk of damage and expensive repairs. It, therefore becomes important to keep your computer clean.

So, here are some right and best ways to clean your computer case, keyboard, mouse and monitor. First of all, always unplug or turn off your computer before cleaning, just to be safe. If it has a PS-2 connector, note that your computer is shut down when you disconnect it and then again plug it in. make sure you have prepared all of you cleaning supplies beforehand as well. You will need a cotton cloth, paper towels, tub or bucket of warm soapy water, lint free cloth and some form of cleaning fluid, all of which can easily be purchased from your local cleaning supplier or online cleaning supplies website.

Now, first take the keyboard and turn it upside down and gently shake it to remove any dust and dirt particles. You can also use a can of compressed air in between the keys to remove any light dust particles which are underneath the keys and which can damage the keys of your keyboard. To clean the surface, use a cotton cloth or a paper towel and moist it to use for cleaning. Never pour any kind of fluid like alcohol on your keyboard. If you accidentally spill it, do not panic. Simply shutdown your computer, disconnect your keyboard and turn it down so that the fluid can completely drain out. You can also rinse it in running water by the sides and then dry it upside down for two days. At this point of time, it may not be repairable but it is worth a try. So, always take special care and keep the drinks away from your keyboard.

To keep a mechanical mouse clean, unplug it from your computer and turn it upside down. Then remove the tracking ball by turning the ring clockwise. It should pop right out. Now, use a moist paper towel or some cotton to rub and clean the trackball. You can also clean inside of the mouse too. Make sure all the parts are dry before you assemble them together. If you have an optical mouse, then there is not much cleaning required as it does not have any mechanical parts. But does on it can simply reduce the working capacity of mouse. You can also a clean your mouse by dragging the mouse on a rough white sheet of paper.

Monitor is more easy to clean, but there are lot more things to keep in mind. Never spray the screen directly with water, cleaner or any other kind of liquids. It can leak into the monitor and damage the components inside. Never use glass cleaners like Windex. This can damage your screen if it has an anti-Clare coating. The safest method is to unplug the monitor and then wipe it with the moist clean cloth gently. You also clean other parts of your workspace like the back of monitor and computer case. These areas can get really dusty if you do not care for.

Never stack books and other materials around your computer. Your computer generates a lot of heat, so do not restrict the airflow around your computer. Hope these steps helped you out to clean out your computer!

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How To Disinfect Your Office And Kill All Germs

Through the winter, cleaning and trying to keep your office spotless is almost impossible to do. The main reason is germs, viruses, bacteria and similar threats. During winter, their numbers can be significantly increased, which is closely related to the increased risk of infections, common flu, and many other health issues. That’s why it is mandatory to eliminate all germs from your office. How can you actually do it?

Daily cleaning keeps the germs away

Read: Most common germ infested places in your office

  • Clean windows

Maybe cleaning your windows sounds contradictory, but keeping your windows clean will reduce the number of germs inside. When your windows are dirty and there is a lot of debris on them, the amount of sunlight that comes inside is reduced. This means that the moisture will be increased, which is what germs love and thrive in. Once your windows are cleaned, the levels of moisture will be reduced and therefore the number of germs will be lowered as well. Note: This tip also promotes working efficiency and has a positive effect on the clients and employees.

  • Disinfecting the entire office

Disinfecting is taboo and sadly, we believe, it still is for many office workers. The first disinfecting chemicals were harmful and dangerous to people. However, newer chemicals (which we use) are eco-friendly and completely safe. They kill germs and bacteria, but they have no effect on humans or animals. As such, it is highly recommended that an office is disinfected with the newest eco-friendly chemicals.

  • Daily cleaning

Maybe this is too complicated or time-consuming, but we know that daily cleaning and wiping of the office is mandatory, especially during the winter. By doing this, the risk of germs spreading through the office will be prevented. Yes, germs are parasites that will spread unless treated, that is why daily cleaning is very important.

  • Benefits of indoor plants

According to a study, NASA conducted in the 80s, office plants reduce the levels of toxins from your office by 90%. Some plants are more beneficial than the others, like ficus and golden pothos. Toxins are responsible for the increase of germs. They can promote spreading and even make the environment suitable to more advanced (dangerous) germs. Once the air is cleaned from the toxins, the environment won’t be suitable to them, obviously. So they are less likely to spread and cause your harm.

  • Pay special attention to the floors 

The last, but not least, the floors in your office are exposed to a higher number of germs and a higher amount of moisture. This also makes the environment more adequate to germs and their spreading. Cleaning the floors on a regular basis is mandatory, especially if you have carpet.

These are just some of the most popular ways to disinfect your office and remove germs, we recommend daily cleaning, if that is not possible, at least clean every other day. Our motto is, daily cleaning keeps the germs dreaming!

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Common Germ Infested Places In Your Office

Find those germs!

Once the winter comes, germs will prefer warm and environments full of moisture. In simple words, this means that germs are more commonly found in the offices through winters than during the summer. The answer is simple. Find all the infected places, clean them and eliminate all the germs. A germ-free office is the best type of office you can have. Most places, where germs are common are well-known and obvious, but some of them are hard to find and most people forget about them. Here are the most common germ infested places you might have forgotten about, cleaning these places will make your office much safer for you and your employees.

  • Trash cans

Most people will simply empty a trash can and believe that they are safe from germs, just because you empty the trash can doesn’t mean the germs are gone too. This is a mistake because most of the germs will stay on the trash can itself, so no matter if the trash is removed, they will stay in the office! In order to solve this, use safe and eco-friendly cleaning chemicals that will clean the trash bin completely and kill all the germs. Eco-friendly products we use are 100% safe, but yet strong enough to kill viruses of MRSA, common flu and etc.

  • Drawers

Another place that is commonly forgotten when it comes to eliminating germs are drawers. They are not in the direct contact with any of the elements and items that can cause germ spreading. But, they are used to store items that were in contact with countertops, computers and other individuals. All of these are the most common germ-infested areas, that is why your drawer may be filled with nasty germs. Due to the fact that they are colder, dark and probably have more moisture than the outside of an office desk, germs just love living and multiplying inside drawers. We advise you that you should spend more time on cleaning this area.

  • Computer elements

We all know that keyboards, computer mice, and computer monitors are the most obvious and the most common areas where germs live. Cleaning them is luckily a well-known and commonly used actions. But, what you must do each morning when you come to the office? You must turn your computer on. You will probably use CD/DVD and USB ports. All of these are places that will indirectly come in contact with germs. Cleaning them is mandatory as well, despite the fact they are small and look irrelevant. A nice addition would be to clean and wipe the entire computer with an anti-germ solution. This significantly reduces the risk of infection.

  • Lower areas of the office furniture

As you may know, lower areas of the furniture aren’t maintained as well as the rest of it. Why should it, when it is almost invisible to most people. These are areas which come in contact with your feet, a common place to find all types of germs. When we walk through an office, we raise the dust and germs from the carpets or the floors, which find new places on the lower areas of the furniture. 

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