|A clean PC is a happy PC. Accumulations
of dirt, smoke, and
grime can cause all kinds of
problems-from a jumpy mouse
to a full system crash. Performing
the following tasks every six
months-or more often if your
computer is in exceptionally
dusty or smoky room-should keep
your system running smoothly.
1. Get the right tools Computers need
special cleaning supplies. Refer to above
segment "Cleaning Supplies" for a list
of proper cleaning items. And remember
the supreme rule of PC cleaning: Never
apply cleaning solution directly to the
2. Clean the
case. Clogged air vents
lead to overheating, which can slowly
kill your PC. Clear all case openings -
especially the vent for the power supply
fan-of accumulated dust or other
obstructions with a lint-free rag or
compressed air. When spraying air, try
not to blow the dust back into the case.
3. Clean the motherboard. Open
your system, try to remove dust with a
small vacuum cleaner. Otherwise, blow
out and dust with compressed air. Make
|remove dust from the case, not just
relocate it. Wipe surfaces with a lint-
free rag or swab.
4. Clean the mouse. Cure jumpy
cursors with a quick mouse cleaning.
Rotate the circular cover on the underside of the mouse and remove
Take a swab or the end of a paper
clip and scrape any accumulated
grime from each of the guide wheels
in the cavity. Rub the mouse ball with
a cloth to remove any oil or grime.
5. Clean the keyboard. Blow out
dust from between keys with a shot
of compressed air. Wipe surfaces
with a smooth rag moistened with
a diluted computer cleaning solution.
(Both are available at your local
6. Clean Monitor. Monitors are
literally dust magnets. Wipe dust
from the screen with a damp soft
rag. If you need to use a cleaning
solution to remove stuck-on dirt
make sure your monitor has no
special coatings that may be
damaged by cleaning solvents.
Also, remember to remove dust
from any vents or openings.