Since spring inspires us to freshen and renew our environment, it’s a good time to give thought to cleaning up our PC’s as well.
For the adventuresome among you, I suggest starting on the inside of the desktop or laptop. Disconnect all the cables from your PC and take it outside and use compressed air to blow out the inside. First, remove the side of the case in order to gain access to the inside because PC’s have several cooling fans that draw in air to keep the interior cool, but the air draws in a lot of pet fur, lint, and dust, all of which clump and clog the cooling fins on your CPU.
Compressed air is ideal, and canned air works to a degree but is too expensive and does not have enough force to really clean the insides of a desktop but does work very well for cleaning laptops. Vacuums can be used by using the exhaust feature to blow the dust out, BUT do not touch the plastic of the hose to any part of the PC, as the static electricity can build up to a degree to cause damage to your PC. I use a standard air compressor and a long-reach air nozzle and even then avoid touching any part of the PC with the nozzle. I blow the PC out until there is no more dust cloud.
Laptops have air vents and fans on the sides and bottoms. I use the air to blow out each air vent and look for any lint clods that are clinging to the cooling fins. Often, I use wood toothpicks to gently clean the lint from the cooling fins.
On your laptop, after you have the inside clean and the sides put back on, before you connect your keyboard, turn it upside down, shake it up, down and sideways, and gently but firmly slap it on the bottom; this will help clean the crumbs, pet hair, and other debris from beneath the keys. Then use your canned air again to blow out each key row to get rid of the rest of the crumbs. Then, if it is dirty, use warm soapy water, with a cloth, (don’t use a sponge; they hold too much water) and wipe the whole keyboard and each key. Keyboards collect the oil from your hands and build up.
Use soapy water to clean your PC case (not too wet; you don’t want any water inside your PC, especially the laptop). Most manufacturers specify water for cleaning the monitor case and screen, and I know water alone usually will not clean monitors, especially laptop screens, as collect a lot of yuck, so use soapy water (very little soap) and very dry cloth to clean the screen.
Do not use any glass cleaner or any other chemicals as they will damage the coating on the screen.
Now, you can reconnect all your cables and power supply, and your PC will be all clean for the summer.
‘til next week
Robert - 360-497-3130 Cell
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March 27, 2013 Microsoft WORKS Great Substitute for Office
March 20, 2013 Windows 8 UPDATE
March 13, 2013 Helpful Equipment
March 6, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 27, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 20, 2013 More Help with Viruses
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January 23, 2013 Protect Your Computer from JAVA Vulnerability
January 16, 2013 Driver Update Managers
January 9, 2013 Unwanted Programs & Tools Bars
January 2, 2013 Randome Loss Of Interne
December 19, 2012 Recovery Disks
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