You probably use your phone and computer every day, but do you ever think about keeping them physically clean? If you’re like most people, you will benefit by learning more about this important aspect of owning one of these fantastic devices.
This article will discuss the importance of cleaning your phone and computer, and then offer some helpful hints about how to do it.
Why should you care if your devices are clean?
Well, let’s face it – you have your fingers all over your computer and your phone.
You frequently have your phone pressed up to your face and near your mouth after passing it around or even using the bathroom, so hygiene matters! Did you know that the average phone carries 10x more bacteria than a toilet seat?
The same goes for your computer. You might not pass it around much, but you’re always touching it after touching everything else in your world, and then you’re often touching your face and eyes.
Phones and computers are easy ways to spread germs and viruses, so it’s important to keep them clean to practice good hygiene.
There’s more – keeping your devices clean can affect their performance.
How do you clean your phone?
Cleaning your phone is quick and easy because you only have to clean it on the outside. It’s recommended that you clean your phone twice a week. Just follow these simple steps:
- Remove your phone’s protective case.
- Power down your phone.
- Polish your phone and its case with a dry or slightly dampened, clean microfiber cloth to remove dust and debris.
- Wipe your phone and its case with your favorite brand of a pre-moistened disinfectant wipe. If the wipe is saturated, wring it out before using it. Do not use strong cleaners on your phone or get it too wet. Look for disinfectant wipes that claim to work well on electronic devices.
- Let your phone and case sit for about five minutes to allow the disinfectant to work its magic and then air dry.
- Wipe your phone and its case again with a clean microfiber cloth for good measure to make sure that they’re dry and free of any dust or debris that you may have missed, and that you’ve removed any unsightly smudges.
- Put the case back on your phone and you’re ready to go.
How do you clean your computer?
Keeping your computer clean and in tip-top shape is a little more involved because you’ll want to clean it inside and out.
Cleaning the outside is a breeze, as you’ll see. Inside? It isn’t difficult, but many people choose the comfort of using a professional service to maintain the guts of their computer.
Here’s how you do it:
Cleaning the outside of your computer
Start with the screen:
- Remove the dust with a clean microfiber cloth.
- Remove fingerprints and smudges by spraying a small amount of 70% isopropyl alcohol onto a microfiber cloth and then wiping the screen. Make sure to get the edges, too. Never use bleach or window or glass cleaner or eyeglass cleaner. It’s convenient to buy screen cleaning fluid at your local office supply and many other stores.
Move on to the keyboard:
- Use a vacuum, a brush, or several blasts of compressed air to remove dust and debris from the surface and from between the keys.
- Swipe a microfiber cloth over the surface and keys to pick up any missed dust or debris.
- Wipe a pre-moistened disinfectant cloth over the surfaces and keys to kill germs and viruses.
- Let the keyboard air dry for about five or ten minutes before using.
Cleaning the inside of your computer
You should clean the inside of your computer every three to six months. All you need is a can of compressed air. Here’s how:
- Consult your owner’s manual to learn how to properly open the case.
- Unplug your computer before working on it.
- After opening the case, look inside to see where dust has accumulated.
- Remove any large clumps of dust with your fingers.
- Hold a can of compressed air upright while spraying. Spray the guts of your computer with air and make sure to hit everything including the vents. Be gentle. Spray until you don’t see any more dust.
- Close the case.