Do you clean your computer?

@susieq223 (3742)
United States
August 13, 2007 9:25pm CST
As I was typing I was noticing all the dust and what looks like crumbs between the keys on my key board. I don't eat while I'm at the computer so I don't know what all the stuff is, but there seems to be a lot of it. I was thinking maybe I ought to clean it up. My screen could definitely use a dusting. Do you clean your computer? How do you do it? Any recommendations?
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@badpenny (741)
• Seagoville, Texas
14 Aug 07
There are several schools of thought on this, but all agree that dust is not our friend. I use a combination of a swiffer duster and a litle attachment for my vacuum cleaner to clean the dust off of surfaces. The attachment is abotu $% at WalMart. Also once a month I open up my tower case and dust inside. There is a great website that gives tips about this. Start here: http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11319_7-6240575-4.html
• United States
14 Aug 07
hey, thank you for the link you provided. It is really interesting and helpful article. There really gave a lot of practical tips, do's and don't's in cleaning the computer. Thanks.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Yes, thank you very much for that link and your reply.
@ayris77 (1304)
• Malaysia
14 Aug 07
Yes i do because cleaning the computer have a dust,especially on keyboard is our own responsibility to make sure our computer can work better and the dust will not disturb us to type the words
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Everything works better when it's clean, right?
@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
14 Aug 07
I recommend putting a towel close to the keyboard, then turning the keyboard over and shaking it. Please try not to be horrified by what falls out. Also, get a Q-tip and spray Windex on the tip. Then just run it between the keys on the board. As for the screen, just a nice soft towel will brush the dust off. I need to do the keyboard thing, but I'm scared. I think I need someone to hold my hand while I do it...
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
14 Aug 07
I don't blame you. I'm scared, too. I think I will put everything on CD before I clean!
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• Philippines
14 Aug 07
Yes, I do clean my laptop. I use this static free cloth. But I haven't really figured out how to remove the dust under the keys.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Aug 07
Hi and welcome to myLot. Others have suggested turning the thing upside down and tapping to get rid of bits and pieces, then using a can of compressed air to blow out the dust. I haven't tried either, yet.
• Philippines
16 Aug 07
Is it safe to do that to your laptop? I do that to the keyboards of my desktop. But wouldn't it harm your laptop?
@1parvez1 (31)
14 Aug 07
not really
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
17 Aug 07
From the other replies I've been getting, sounds like we should!
@eprado (1473)
• Philippines
14 Aug 07
yes I do clean my computer's monitor and keyboard. For my monitor screen I use lint free sheets or newspaper will do and for the side and back rags w/ all purpose surface cleaner eg. MC. Same with the keyboard or you can buy those small vacuum cleaner at a computer store.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I like the vacuum cleaner idea. Thanks.
14 Aug 07
I use to clean my pc berofe sit in front of the system.first i use to clean my keybord before switch on my Pc,i'l take small paint brush to clean the keybord it help to clean in between the keys.Than switch on the Pc make it for full scan,in the mean while i'l clean the mointer,Cpu and Pc table. it save the time,i'l use this clean every day.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Aug 07
A paint brush--that is a good idea. Thanks for the reply and welcome to myLot.
• United States
14 Aug 07
I always wipe down my computer every day. The dust will cause it not to breathe right. Once or twice a week, I use lysol to clean it and even use a toothbrush on my keyboard. Before I get started the computer is always turned off first. It's important to keep it clean so the fan won't burn up inside the tower.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Aug 07
Thanks for the suggestions and the reply.
@teleios (738)
• Philippines
14 Aug 07
there are some products out there that are made especially for cleaning computers. you use them to clean your monitor and cpu case, because the dust does not come off as easily with detergent and other cleansers. i dont clean my computer that much, although when it gets really dusty i have to clean it so i don't look like the pig that i really am, typing on a dusty and messy computer LOL!
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I know what you mean! Thanks for the reply.
• Philippines
14 Aug 07
yes every 3 days i will clean this using brush in computer.. i also clean with computer cleanser... most especially the screen i wipe it every min., also i virus scan it every 2 days and defrag...
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I didn't know there was such a thing as computer cleaner. Thanks for the reply.
@tempiko (27)
• Bulgaria
14 Aug 07
Oh yes - I deffinitely DO clean my computer - especially the keyboard - mainly the keyboard! I hate the tocuh of the nasty greezy keys - when they are dirty, I hate the crumbs between them. I usually use these wet handkerchiefs - they can easily go between the keys. But don;t think I'm some kind of clearness freak - I just can't stand the thought of touching my face for example after writing on the keyboard.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Aug 07
You have a point there. Thanks for the reply and welcome to myLot.
@MisterPlus (1917)
• Philippines
14 Aug 07
you can use a small brush in cleaning your keyboards and some kind of polish for the surface.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Aug 07
Thanks for the suggestions!
• United States
14 Aug 07
I flip my keyboard over and tap on the back of it to get out what I can. Then I use the can of air (you can get it at Walgrees, Walmart, etc.) to get what I couldn't tap out. For the monitor I spray a little bit of Windex on a rag and clean it (this depends on the type of monitor, if worried use water instead), making sure the rag isn't saturated so nothing drips on anything. I occasionally take the casing off the computer tower and use a can of air to get the dust out of there too. I very rarely eat near the keyboard but it still gets gross.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Aug 07
It does, doesn't it? Thanks for the reply.
@pinnibabu (135)
14 Aug 07
Cleaning the monitor and the CPU is comparitively easier than cleaning the keyboard. I have this particular brush with very soft bristles to clean my keyboard. The brush dusts away the dirt in between the keys. For the monitor and CPU i use a clean soft cloth. I do this everyday. Once in a week, my husband takes off the connection and cleans it perfectly.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
15 Aug 07
Great husband! Mine won't touch ours! Especially not for cleaning! lol! Thanks for the reply.
@aletanz (44)
• Italy
14 Aug 07
every month i clean the tower case, and the screen... i also clean the mouse, and the keyboard... but however i clean th OS...i uninstall all programs that i don't need, i remove all the files tha i don't use, i clean the cookie and the temporaney files... i keep clean the desktop, i remove old icons... i like to keep clean the pc, so i can find files easily...
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Sounds great. Do you make house calls? lol! Thanks for the reply.
• India
14 Aug 07
I dont have computer with me.I have laptop.Everyday i use this laptop for 4-10 hours,so there won't be any dust as like we have near the computer.I sometimes drink tea or eat something when i am on the computer,but i would be more careful in doing the things.Ofcourse sometimes i see dust all over the keys,so once in a week,i clean the laptop with cloth.I also came to know there are some online classess for cleaning of a computer from our mylot friends.Just check it out friend. Have a nice day...
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Actually, I have a lap top also, but I think a lot of the same techniques could be used. Thanks for the reply.
• United States
14 Aug 07
I have wipes, Windex, and air dusters to keep my computer clean. I need my computer to be clean at all times.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
14 Aug 07
I know I should keep mine cleaner. Thanks.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
14 Aug 07
We used to have a kit. But I don't know where it went. I usually just use glasses cleaner (we wear glasses) for the computer screen - I spray a bit onto a clean, smooth (not fuzzy at all) cloth, and then wipe the screen. I turn the keyboard upside down and shake any crumbs out. I use a Q-tip to wipe between the keys, and then my husband will occasionally use a little air blower to blow air into it to get the dust out.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Sounds so easy even I could do it! Thanks
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Aug 07
I think I was attracted to this discussion cause I'm trying to figure out the same thing....I really could stand to clean my keyboard too, and I have to confess I Do eat at the computer, but I'm careful not to spill anything on it, yet it still has gluck in it...I was reading some of the responses like using compressed air...yikes have you ever read those cans??? They say highly inflammable...no thanks...don't want to blow up the place---I wonder if I can blame my kitties for the strange gluck on my keyboard....LOL..Kissy just loves to be up here at times and can't help wondrer, what do those darlings do when I'm out...LOL
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
14 Aug 07
That's where those hairs come from! Maybe the crumbs, too!
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
14 Aug 07
I use a soft glass cleaning cloth for the monitor with just a splash of water not cleaner. I use a can of compressed air to clean out the keyboard and airvents in the tower itself. I do this once a day as I smoke and the montior starts to yellow and many ashes fall into my keyboard. HAHAHA! I'm a pig at times. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
14 Aug 07
You used the compressed air to blow the stuff out? I've never tried using compressed air for anything before.