A Silly Thing To Do To My Computer

By Jabo
@jaboUK (54867)
United Kingdom
January 24, 2017 8:05am CST
I didn't get a computer until 3 years ago, in fact I'd never even touched one. Anyway, I merrily went on my way learning all this new stuff as best I could, and then one day I noticed that my screen was a bit dirty. So I sprayed it with window cleaner and gave it a good rub with a paper napkin. I was pleased with the result - a nice clean smear-free screen. When I casually mentioned this to my family, everybody was horrified. They said I must have ruined my screen for sure, so I got the computer out and showed them that it was working just fine. In fact it worked fine until a few months ago, when I got a replacement (nothing to do with the screen.) However, I did realise that I was lucky to get away with it, especially since I hadn't unplugged it when I was doing the spraying. It could have been a very costly mistake. Now I just use a microfibre cloth, but it still leaves it a bit smeary sometimes. Have you ever done something silly to your computer or tablet?
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@hereandthere (32489)
• Philippines
24 Jan 17
i haven't spilled anything on it yet (i know other people have). i've pulled the plug from the wall before when it took forever and ever for it to shut down. i'm wondering if i can soak this old keyboard in a basin of soapy water and scrub the keys with a brush.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@hereandthere Lol - I wouldn't try it if I were you
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• Philippines
24 Jan 17
@jaboUK i think you can even take out the keys one by one. i just want to clean it thoroughly.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
24 Jan 17
Placing a keyboard in water is definitely not a prudent move.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jan 17
I would have done much the same once. My keyboard seems to get dusty easily. I have a little brush that I use but it doesn't always get all the gunk out.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
@JudyEv I use a softish toothbrush on my keyboard, and I occasionally give it a blast with the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jan 17
@jaboUK Mostly I tip mine upside down and give it a good shake which, now I see it written down in black and white, may not be the best idea either.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
@JudyEv Oh you just made me laugh with that remark - so droll
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@LadyDuck (170643)
• Switzerland
25 Jan 17
I have never done something like this, but many years ago I have spilled Schweppes on my husband keyboard. Of course the keyboard had to be replaced and from that day (I think at least 20 years ago) nothing liquid (or any food) are allowed near the computers.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
@LadyDuck I'm afraid that I often have a cup of tea while I'm on the computer, but I'm careful and haven't spilled anything so far.
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@LadyDuck (170643)
• Switzerland
25 Jan 17
@jaboUK I am always very careful, I remember how the accident happened. There was a friend at home, he was sit at the desk with my husband, they were looking at something on the monitor. He asked for a Schweppes and while I was putting the glass on the table he moved and the content spilled on the keyboard. I was not the guilty one, but the result was the same, the keyboard stopped working.
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@bunnybon7 (37156)
• Holiday, Florida
26 Jan 17
okay, now that you mentioned that it does remind me of doing the very same thing years ago and the keys began to stick and couldn't get it all out. so had to replace it
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 Jan 17
Not really, but I've been an electronics geek because of my love for stereo equipment since I was 10 years old or thereabout. Now, that is not to say I haven't done any stupid stuff...like forgetting to unplug it when I open it.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@JolietJake You must know all there is to know about this sort of stuff if you've been interested in it from that young age.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
24 Jan 17
@jaboUK Not as much as I want to know, but I can fix/replace most everything in one...I've never had anyone else work on one for me.
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@TheHorse (70868)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Jan 17
Funny that my love of stereo gear didn't translate to a love of computers.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
24 Jan 17
That horrifies me as well. A modern computer screen is no longer glass as it was in the old days, but a sensitive membrane called Thin Film Transfer. You were seriously fortunate not to totally ruin the screen.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@Asylum Yes, I was lucky to get away with it. I hope @amadeo sees this, as he says he does it often.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
24 Jan 17
@jaboUK Computer screens are similar to the smart television screens, so a microfiber cloth is the only practical item to use.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@Asylum It's alright to slightly dampen the microfiber with water, isn't it? Some stubborn marks won't shift without doing that.
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• Preston, England
24 Jan 17
@jaboUKsometimes when using public toilets I left my bag on the nearest sink top and one afternoon it slipped in the sink which had an automatic sensor to start the taps flowing so my bag, with my tablet in it, got soaked but luckily it dried out safely and I have never done that since
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@arthurchappell You were lucky to get away with that, as i was with my spraying.
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• Preston, England
24 Jan 17
@jaboUK yes I thought the tablet was doomed at first but it dried off ok
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@TheHorse (70868)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Jan 17
Oh, I took one cell phone river rafting. I had forgotten about that.
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@Kandae11 (40232)
24 Jan 17
My laptop has a faulty battery and needs recharging quite often, However it alerts me when I have 20 or 15 minutes remaining before it hibernates. On a few occasions I get carried away and forget about the notice until it shuts down in the middle of something important.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@Kandae11 Can't you leave it plugged in while you are using it?
@Kandae11 (40232)
24 Jan 17
@jaboUK I do, but when they say - fully charged - I plug it out. Then before you know it, the notice comes up and if I don't replug it right away, I usually forget.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@Kandae11 Oh right - I just keep mine plugged in even when it's fully charged.
@Daljinder (22072)
• India
24 Jan 17
Well my brother, who is a sort of germophobic, disinfected his tab. The "infection" and "germs" were destroyed alright.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@Daljinder Oh my - he didn't get away with it like I did!
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@Daljinder (22072)
• India
24 Jan 17
@jaboUK No, he didn't. Once as a kid, he used petrol to "disinfect" his video games CD's/DVD. Destroyed again! Good thing is he learned his lessons and we learned to stay away from his personal belongings so he doesn't feel the need to "disinfect" anymore things.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@Daljinder Petrol? Apart from anything else the smell must have been awful.
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@jstory07 (69138)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 Jan 17
I wash mine off with baby wipes and that seems to work.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
@jstory07 That's good to know that baby wipes are ok. I've been afraid to use anything but a damp microfibre.
@TheHorse (70868)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Jan 17
That sounds pretty reasonable.
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@Ceerios (4755)
• Goodfellow, Texas
24 Jan 17
@jaboUK - Ms Janet - Computer screens differ from one to the next, but most utilize really high electrical voltage to do their thing. Glass-covered screens will tolerate a damp cloth cleaning, but wetting things is risky - especially if the power is still on when the cleaning is done. Let me give you a "for instance --- The high voltage (usually from 20K volts on up) behind a home TV screen's functioning causes dust (aerosols) in the room air to be attracted to the TV screen's surface. If you want to use that situation to "guesstimate" the abundance of radioactive radon gas in the room air, you can swipe some of the TV screen with a damp cotton swab and then use a radioactivity counter (like a GM counter) to assay the cotton swab's pickup of screen-captured aerosols. Doing this is an eye-opener for sure. -Gus-
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@Ceerios I'll take your word for it Gus - I'm not about to do any experiments with radioactive counters, thank you. I've learnt my lesson anyway, but it's surprising that some people responding here see nothing wrong with spraying their screens.
• United States
24 Jan 17
Those microfiber cloths work okay but don't get the screen smudge free. You certainly are lucky you didn't ruin your computer by spraying it. When I was working the girl who sat in the desk next to mine decided to put magnets on her computer which in fact totally ruined her computer. Our boss wasn't too happy that he had to replace it.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@Marilynda1225 So what do you do to get rid of the smudges? I just dampen the microfibre a bit and use that. I didn't know that about magnets, but it's not something I would think of doing anyway.
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@TheHorse (70868)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Jan 17
@jaboUK For cell phones, I recommend a mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. Saturate your cell phone with a nice mixture and touch with a lighted match. No more smudges.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
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@VivaLaDani13 (21556)
• Perth, Australia
4 Apr 17
@jaboUK oh my! I can't say I've done anything except maybe punching the keyboard. Only, that wasn't due to the computer messing up. Was due to something an ex boyfriend was telling me via messages.
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@Daljinder (22072)
• India
4 Apr 17
@VivaLaDani13 Did you wish it was that ex instead of that keyboard?
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• Perth, Australia
5 Apr 17
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
5 Apr 17
@VivaLaDani13 Did you damage the keyboard when you did that?
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@syeow1 (4908)
• India
24 Jan 17
Yes a lot.i disassemble many things since my childhood..
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@syeow1 Computers weren't around when I was a child
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@syeow1 (4908)
• India
24 Jan 17
@jaboUK OK.Did you disassemble any thing in your childhood..
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@syeow1 Only dolls etc!
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@responsiveme (16835)
• India
25 Jan 17
You sure have a lot of tech devices...though you started late:) I sit at my desk top and only recently have upgraded to a smart phone and am doing a lot of silly things while trying to get the hang of it.:)
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
@responsiveme Lol - that's a Pixabay picture - I only have a laptop, no tablet or smartphone.. I just thought it was a nice picture of a computer.
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• India
29 Jan 17
@jaboUK Oh! and I thought you had turned into a techie! I have recently got a smart phone after years of not having one as the need came up for it...I need to look up trains sinceI'm always travelling back and forth. There is no longer the ol fashioned way of calling upthe enqury at the station...they don't pick up. Also for calling taxis...they are programmed to come only on their specific apps. And so I would ring up hubby or brother and they would book the taxi.so ., I decided I need to be independent in these things also What a long explanation
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 17
@responsiveme I've no need for a smartphone, I just have a basic one for making calls or texts.
@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Jan 17
Yes, and got the same reaction. Now I buy a box of wipes that are good for computers, electronics and my glasses.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
@just4him You can get wipes that are good for computers? I've got some for my glasses but I've been wary of using them on my screen in case they contain any chemicals.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jan 17
@jaboUK The box they came in said they were for computers and electronics as well as your glasses. I was looking for them so I could give you the name, but it seems I'm out of them.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
@just4him Thanks anyway.
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@Juliaacv (32353)
• Canada
24 Jan 17
I've done some silly things with the old desktop, I remember spilling coffee on the keyboard, but it was all good.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
@Juliaacv The coffee didn't ruin the keyboard? That was lucky.
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@Juliaacv (32353)
• Canada
25 Jan 17
@jaboUK No, I didn't spill a lot on it, and I was quick to react by turning it upside down and then getting a rag to clean up the drops.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
@Juliaacv That's good - I should imagine that if a whole cup was spilled onto the keyboard, that would be the end of it.
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@allknowing (68647)
• India
25 Jan 17
I use surgical spirit with due recommendations from my expert technician. Now let me see (*scratches head) I have sometimes shut it down without the normal procedure when it has acted stubborn but somehow it did behave ok.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
@allknowing So surgical spirit is ok, I didn't know that. I have my laptop set to go to sleep when I shut the lid, so I can just do that without any ill effects.
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@allknowing (68647)
• India
25 Jan 17
@jaboUK So far so good (lol)
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• Shillong, India
25 Jan 17
I always do silly things with my laptop and phone too, wiping the screen with colgate
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 17
@psanasangma Oh my - did it survive the colgate?
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• Shillong, India
25 Jan 17
@jaboUK Yes i did it just to get shine and remove scratch but nothing neither happen
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@PurnaSharma (2137)
• India
24 Jan 17
Do spray impair computer?? But i did many times and it still working.
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• India
24 Jan 17
@jaboUK ..when i was at school,we were told,not to bring computers in touch of liquid things,dust etc and to keep the room neat & clean where computer is placed.I know repeated doing these things may impair the computer when these thing come into the contact to it's some parts,where it shouldn't be reached.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
24 Jan 17
I'm happy to say I have not and yes you are very lucky you didn't ruin your computer.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 17
@fishtiger58 Yes I was lucky - I just treated it like regular glass.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
25 Jan 17
@jaboUK A funny surface the computer monitors and the tv screens these days
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