Cleaning your monitor, scanner, mouse, and keyboard

As a PC owner you must know the importance of keeping the surface of your monitor clean. This not only makes your computer look clean but it also increases its life. The same is true of computer peripherals like keyboard, scanner and mouse. They also need to be cleaned regularly. However, you need toe exercise certain precautions while cleaning the computer monitor or computer peripherals. Here are a few do’s and don’ts of cleaning your monitor, scanner, mouse, and keyboard:

1. Never use abrasives: Abrasives are a complete no-no. Sometimes using a trusted household cleaner with a rag or paper towel can ruin your scanner bed. The scanning surface or the computer screen may involuntarily get scratched, and this will undo all the good work. That is why it is important to use a photographer's lens cloth or a lens cloth that is made specifically for monitors and scanners that can be dipped in alcohol and used.

2. Never spray liquids onto a flatbed scanner. If you do, you run the risk of the liquid getting under the glass and into the body of the scanner. This could cause condensation on the inside of the scanner. The best way of cleaning the scanning surface is to moisten the cloth, and use it gently to remove the dirt.

3. Don’t open monitors: Never remove the cover off any type of monitor; it has enough voltage to harm you. Leave it to trained professionals to do the needful.

4. Keep your scanner covered: The scanners must be kept covered because dust can work as an abrasive, and scratch the scanning surface.

5. Clean the mouse once a month: If you use a mouse with a ball, clean it at least once a month. The way to do it is first unscrew the retaining ring on the bottom, remove the mouse ball, dip a cotton-tipped swab in tape-cleaning alcohol and clean the rollers inside. Always keep your mouse pad clean and dust-free to prolong its life. An optical mouse or trackball on the other hand hardly ever needs to be cleaned.

6. Shake your keyboard vigorously: The best way to clean your keyboard is quite primitive. Just turn it upside down and give it a good shake. You’ll be surprised at what all it will cough up. For particularly obstinate debris, use compressed air. So roll up your sleeves and get down to some sensible cleaning.

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