Now you may think we’re preaching to the choir, but you’d be surprised by the number of people who a) forget to clean their PC, b) are too afraid to clean their kit for fear of ruining their system, or c) simply don’t know how to. If the above applies to you, today’s your lucky day! The next instalment of our Secure & Tidy series, is a 2 part blog post dedicated to cleaning your computer inside and out and let’s be honest...when was the last time you gave your computer some TLC?
In part one we’ll be providing tips on how to clean your device externally. We’re talking keyboard scrubbing, screen wiping and mouse maintenance. So if your PC is already looking spick and span, by all means, take a look at the second part of our blog - which focuses on methods to clean your PC digitally, rather than physically.
Before you give your device a tidy, we’ll need you to follow these simple steps. Prior to cleaning any device, it’s important you turn it off, unplug it from the power source and remove any batteries (if necessary), to avoid irreversible damage to your equipment. (Tip: Be extremely careful around ports, as you definitely don’t want to get any of those wet).
Instead of opting for the classic ‘flip and shake’ to remove dust and debris from your keyboard, we recommend using a vacuum with a small head attachment or compressed air canister to remove any crumbs or traces of last week’s lunch (just try not to get too vigorous with the cleaning or you may end up losing a key or two). Now, if you really want to go the extra mile, use a cotton bud dipped in rubbing alcohol between the grooves of your board and kick those germs to the curb
Now we’ve sorted our keyboards, it's time to move on to our little friend - the mouse. You may be thinking, “Why do I need to clean my mouse?” Well, a build-up of dust and stickiness can lead to a stiff mouse that doesn’t move the way you want it to and a major headache, so let's show it a little love. Using a clean cloth dampened with a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol or water, wipe the exterior - preventing any fluids from getting inside the accessory. If you happen to use a mechanical mouse following the same procedure, remove the ball and give both it and the interior of the mouse a wipe down, then reassemble once clean and dry.
Like most people, I'm sure you’ve got a few fingerprints dotted around your computer. At this point, they may look like an essential part of the design, but it's time to let them go. Start by giving your screen a wipe to remove any dust. Then, clean using a cloth moistened with water or cleaning solution (Tip: make sure the solution you’re using is suitable for your computer as most will end up damaging your screen - so always check first!), and polish with a microfiber cloth or leave to air dry.
Computer Cleaning Products
Since we’ve shared our tips for keeping your device clean and tidy, here’s a list of our recommended products to help with the cleaning process.
Anti-static air duster
A great way to remove built-up dust inside your pc as it won’t potentially short circuit your motherboard by releasing a static charge as a vacuum cleaner would.
Compressed Air Duster
Compressed gas to remove debris and dirt with short sharp bursts from areas that can’t be reached with wipes and cloths.
Use to wipe away dust and dirt without worrying about any damaging marks or scratches. Machine and hand washable.
Simple and convenient for cleaning electronics such as, keyboards, cameras and other devices
Made from natural and green products, biodegradable and hypo-allergenic. Free of harsh chemicals & alcoholic substances.
Good for cleaning screens as it evaporates quickly at room temperature so it won’t leave anything like water spots or streaks behind.
Looking to find a cleaning kit containing all of the products above and more? We’ve got you covered - take a look at our recommendations below.
Voila! You’re halfway through cleaning your PC. Now it’s time to tidy and declutter the inside of your device - stay tuned for the second part of this blog where we focus on organising files, decluttering your desktop and freeing up that much needed storage space.