Keeping Your PC Clean
There are many reasons you should routinely clean, as in literally sweep out and dust your pc.
There are a couple of really good reasons you should do this and they all have to do with heat. Heat is hard on electronics and when hair and dust collect on your computer’s internals, it essentially blankets your components and prevents heat from escaping.
Further, over time your system’s cooling fans become clogged and caked with dust, which compromises their effectiveness.
So, what you’re dealing with is a system that cannot quickly shed heat and thus ends up cooking itself. You can usually tell when you need to clean your computer by looking at the intakes and exhaust ports. Usually, it’s as easy as glancing at the little holes that allow air to enter and exit. If those are covered or caked with dust, then it’s time to clean your computer.
You’ll have to shut down and unplug your computer before you begin, and then we recommend you take the entire unit outside. Once you start cleaning it out, all that dust and hair that has collected inside will need to be dislodged. You don’t want to introduce or reintroduce all that into your house.
Canned air or vacuum?
While it may seem easy to simply get out the vacuum cleaner and suck all that stuff out, don’t. Vacuum cleaners can discharge static electricity onto your computer’s delicate electronic components. We recommend canned air, to blast the dirt out.
If you don’t feel like getting dirty, contact us and we’ll clean your PC as part of our complete PC tune-up service,
As you read this at your computer are you eating your lunchtime sandwich? Or treating yourself to a freshly baked croissant for breakfast? Perhaps you’re satisfying those mid-afternoon cravings with a bag of chips?
We’re all worried about Covid-19 – when it comes to health in the office, you should be more concerned about your keyboard than the person at the desk near you who’s coughing and sneezing.
(1) A computer keyboard can typically have 7,500 bacteria per swab. The figure for headphones is 2,550 and for the bottom of a handbag, it’s 2,520.
(2) Research by Which? magazine, carried out on keyboards and office technology at its own offices, revealed that a keyboard can harbour more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat.
In fact, one keyboard had so many germs that it had to be taken away and put into quarantine after it was discovered that it had 150 times the acceptable limit for bacteria. It was also five times as dirty as a toilet seat.
(3) It’s also been discovered that in some offices mice are not only scurrying over computer keyboards at night looking for food, but they’re then leaving their droppings in them.
(4) Sharing a keyboard can pass on diseases and illnesses between those who work in offices. Should somebody have a cold in your office, or even have gastroenteritis, you’re very likely to pick it up from a keyboard.
(5) Microbes find the kind of plastic on keyboards and computer mice very comfortable and easy to live in. In fact, anything with grooves, crevices and little spaces that can hold dirt and specks of food is perfect for them.
Finally some good news – an American company has created a keyboard that you can actually put in the dishwasher. Seal Shield, a provider of infection control products, offers a range of keyboards, computer mice and TV remote controls with facilities such as Bluetooth that you can just pop into the dishwasher or scrub in the kitchen sink while you’re doing your dishes.
Alternatively, you can regularly hold your keyboard upside down and shake it, blow out dirt from between the keys with compressed air from compressed air and run the sticky side of a Post-it note alongside the key and the space bar to dislodge dirt and crumbs.