high tech hygiene:how often do you clean your computer?

clean that laptop!^^ - I've got this photo @ flicker.. like what you see, someone's cleaning the laptop.
Philippines
September 29, 2008 2:19am CST
I've read reminders from our helpdesk support here in our company about the hygiene of our techie stuff. It says there that if we don't smoke, eat, drink in front of our laptop/desktop, we should clean it at least once or twice a year. these cleaning materials could be use. small brush, piece of cloth/tissue paper, and alcohol. I always clean the outside part of my desktop here in the office everyday. I just wipe it with tissue which has alcohol in it. but when I spill it with drinks, especially it's keyboard, I will remove all the keys and wipe every single side, and part of it. I just don't want to use a dirty and sticky keyboard... I can't clean the inner part of the CPU. I am afraid that I might brake something inside of it. and there's the helpdesk which is the in charge dept. for that. how about you? how hygienic are you when it comes to your computer/laptop? how often do you clean it? do you clean it first before you use it? thanks in advance!
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
29 Sep 08
ONCe or twice a year?? hehe =D I will clean my desktop at least once every 3 months or so, because according to research, our computer has got the most germs among all places, and it's also the place whereby we are most likely to pick up virus into the body.. hehe =D SO normally i will only wipe my desktop with wet wipes, and brush my keyboard b4 wiping it again, also my mouse ^_^ hehe
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
30 Sep 08
haha.. Yeah, because the mouse is the most often used by us, and especially after eating or doing things or after toilet breaks, the 1st thing we will touch will be the mouse ^_^ Thus 'bathing' the mouse is the most important.. hehe
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• Philippines
7 Oct 08
kun[b] [/b] and how will we bath our mouse? somchaiq mouse number 4? it was new to me. sorry I didn't get it. it looks like it was disassembled? how much does your vacuum for your keyboard cost?
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
8 Oct 08
Dry bath our mouse, by using wet wipes.. lol
@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
30 Sep 08
i use vaccum to clean the keyboards and the cpu not really is cleaned by me.i like to use clean and neat pc i mean who doesnt but the cleaning process is tiring and monotonous as not much aware about fixing the wires so touching the cpu is something which never comes in picture. But i think there should be some agency of people who are specialised in cleaning the computers as that would be in professional manner and they would be given the necessary equipments for cleaning the pc.
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• Philippines
2 Oct 08
Yeah. we should always seek help into professionals to avoid the breakage into your PC.
@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
2 Oct 08
thats is how the professionals make a difference...
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• Philippines
3 Oct 08
yes. you are right.
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
I really don't like clumps of dust to nestle around my processor, or cuddle up my power supply and then choke the computer's ventilation. I hate the sight of a dirty PC as well, especially the keyboard and the mouse, yikes! I would hate to touch that! I clean the insides of my PC at least once a month. I wanna make sure dust will not give me hardware failure and loss of ventilation. But I always clean the more tangible and accessible hardware parts everyday -- I brush and wipe the keyboard clean as well as the mouse and the pad. I also like my monitor to look squeaky clean and shining like brand new. I bought cleaning supplies from my local computer store with high recommendations so I'm pretty sure these stuff are safe for my PC.
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
wow. that's nice. and I am sure that germs, dirt, and dust wouldn't live in your computer. that's a nice habit of yours.
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
Maybe it's just OCD in me LOL! Anyway, thanks for the Best Reponse, my first! Techie topics rule!!! Take care.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
you deserve it.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Once a year? Do they have dust where they live? Do they have a cat? My friend had someone clean her computer, he pulled out tons of cat hair. We're told once a season here. Especially after winter with all the road dust from our cars pulling in the driveway and sand from our shoes/boots.
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
woah! I think once or twice a year isn't enough if your desktop is expose into dust.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Yes, about 4 times a year works better for us here. I'm sure this discussion has helped some people today. Take care.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
it's nice to know that.
@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
5 Oct 08
Whenever I use one of the laptops at home, I always try to wipe things that I could wipe off before ever turning it on so that I wouldn't be worrying about pressing buttons while cleaning it. On our CPU, I often try to wipe off the dust as well, monitor, pick out those tiny details that I see underneath the keys of the keyboard.. I rarely open it up and disassemble those hardware parts that I could dust off. Though I think having dust on those would make them heat up faster? I'm just not sure but, it wouldn't hurt on getting them cleaned every now and then.. however, being careful while doing so should also be kept in mind. (^_^ )
• Philippines
6 Oct 08
really? how about the inside part of the CPU? will it also heat faster if it has lots of dust?
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@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
6 Oct 08
If your office is as well ventilated, as in air conditioned, I might not be worrying too much about over heating.. It would be hazardous though if the place is already hot while you use the computer for long hours.. say those on computer shops with plenty of gamers playing for over six hours onwards? Well, computer parts produce heat whenever electric currents run within them every time it is used, dust might not contribute to more heat but, it might somehow prohibit the parts from releasing the heat that they produce.. well, that's just what I think.. and I am not sure on that..
@johndur (3050)
• Pasig, Philippines
10 Oct 08
i just use damp cloth or rag for my computer and electronics at home.i used to clean them at least once a week and i also clean its inside one every month.cleaning your apliances makes it last longer than those who is not.
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• Philippines
14 Oct 08
that's true. and even if they are just gadgets, we really need to take care of them also.
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
Consider me lazy when it comes to cleaning. It's all about my mood. My previous unit suffered greatly from filthiness and dirt which caused it to be garbaged. I usually say that I would, but I never did. My wife had to push me to clean, I just hope that with my laptop, I'll be more of a cleaner.
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
LOL. I think you really have to learn to clean it from now on.
• Ireland
29 Sep 08
My goodness zer0charly, after reading your topic I would almost give up using my computer or give up snacking while I am using it...ha, ha. The only part of my computer that I clean, is the monitor and the keyboard. Fortunately for me, my husband is a computer engineer and he is alway upgrading my pc. So whenever he takes it apart which is every second week or so, he always cleans it before he puts it back together again. Mind you, he doesn't always put it back together immediately, he leaves bits of it lying all over the place.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
LOL. what a nice husband. me too, I just clean the keyboard, mouse and the monitor. I just don't want to touch any inner part of the CPU. I am afraid that I might broke something.
@bombshell (11268)
• Germany
29 Sep 08
awww hehehe i am not cleaning my computer.my husband is cleaning it one a week.every time he is cleaning his computer he does also mine.i am afraid to clean it just incase i press something and makes problem.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
yeah, it's very risky especially the inner part of your desktop or laptop. that is why I also seek help from others in cleaning my desktop.
• India
29 Sep 08
I mark one day for each month to clean my computer . I use usually a piece fo cloths & lots of tissue paper to clean the computer .
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
that's right!
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 08
I wouldn't say that I clean the outside of my computer that much! I'm not in that dusty an environment anyhow so it's not too bad. I don't drink or eat around my computer so I guess there's no problem there. I do however go inside my pc once per year come January. I like to get rid of the build up of dust from the inside. I'm into computers anyway so I love the technical stuff within the pc! I just use a can of compressed air and I blow the dust away. This has to be done at least once per year otherwise the build up of dust will eventually start overheating the internal components causing your pc to fail. I believe I watched a video once about this chap on youtube! He threw his keyboard into the washing machine and this absolutely did the trick! The keyboard came out spotless, you have to leave it to dry for a week of course before reconnecting the thing! Andrew
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
LOL. is that for real? with soaps in it? are you sure it will work right after you wash it?
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
29 Sep 08
I clean my computer at least twice a week. I gets so dang dusty in my house and i like for my things to be clean. I have to clean very often to make sure to get rid of germs also.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
Yes. that's a nice habit.
• United States
29 Sep 08
I used to only clean it once in a while but the lasttime I did it was so nasty I realized that with all of us using it there must be a billion germs on there, so now I do it weekly.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
LOL. well, I think so. so you should clean it once in a while so that germs wouldn't live in it.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Rarely, I do take the keyboard and shake the crumbs out. I will wipe my monitor when the grandboys use my computer, they like to play games and they have finger prints all over my monitor screen. I guess I should clean it once in a while.
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
yeah. you should, so that germs and dirt wouldn't live in it.
@hotsummer (10307)
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
i don;t often clean my computer. i only do when my fingers get dirty with the dust collected on the computer. if not i will just use the cmoputer without bothering to clean it up first.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
well at least, you clean your desktop.
@dragon54u (31291)
• United States
29 Sep 08
I'm afraid I'm not as conscientious as you! I wipe down my desk once a month or when I think of it, my keyboard gets dusted about that often if I'm lucky. I'm not a housework enthusiast!
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
LOL. I guess you should start now to clean your desktop!
@steerforth (1802)
• Italy
29 Sep 08
Well, my pc is not very dirty, but I don't clean my laptop a lot of time!!! And now I think that I must start to clean it!!! :-D
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
LOL. well, I guess you must.
@marababe (2513)
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
I am using a laptop and I clean my "Mac-ky" at least once a week. I use Sher cleaning solution, micro-fiber cloth and simply wipe it on my laptop except for the screen part. I just wipe it with dry micro-fiber cloth.
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
wow. you clean it well.. that's good.
• Indonesia
29 Sep 08
whoaa, i never think about that before. that's great you remind we all here. and you have a good habits to clean your desktop time by time (i just wonder how can you spill the keyboard with drink, is it thirsty? ). well, usually if there is some dirt of dust on the top of cpu case, i will just blow it. fhuuu, fhuuuu, it's done but i sometimes also turn over my keyboard and shake and blow it. regarding the inside part of cpu, yeah, i never clean it. i got my current computer only 3 months ago anyway. so, i still have three months more, right?
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• Philippines
29 Sep 08
LOL. I hope that your saliva wouldn't go inside your keyboard while blowing it, because it will cause more dirt!just kidding! anyway, I sometimes drink coffee, and water in front of my PC and I am so clumsy, that I always spill it.
@h8739182 (448)
• India
29 Sep 08
I clean my system once in 15 days , mostly on week ends. This cleaning includes pumping compressed air and finally brushing the entire system with a soft brush.
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• Philippines
29 Sep 08
that's good! and be careful with those wires OK?