Office Cleaning Tips: How to Clean a Keyboard, Mouse and Monitor

office cleaning tips - how to clean a keyboard, mouse, and monitorThe dirtiest part of your office may be sitting right at your fingertips. When you cough or sneeze, some particles are going to drift around the tissue and land on your computer equipment. Dust in the air settles on the keys. Crumbs from that 3:00 p.m. snack land amid the numbers and letters. Smudges are on the monitor from moving the screen around. While your cubicle carpeting may be vacuumed every night, when was the last time your keyboard was wiped clean? Here are some tips to help you clean all of the electronics at your workstation.

Take the Mouse Apart

You may be able to unsnap the housing on your mouse for more effective cleaning. If you have the owner’s manual, refer to that for specific cleaning directions. You can use clear tape to clean the ball, and a paper clip will work nicely to remove gunk from between the buttons.

Polish the Monitor

Your local office supply store sells special cleaners for traditional monitors. Spray the cleaner onto a soft cloth and then wipe it over the monitor. Touch screen monitors require special care and treatment. Many of them are sensitive to any chemicals and can be damaged by using the wrong cleaner. Instead of risking your monitor, lightly dampen a clean, soft cloth with water and then wipe it over the screen. Use a clean, soft cloth to dry the surface and leave it free of prints.

Compressed Air for the Keyboard

Be sure to turn the computer off before working on the keyboard. The easiest way to clean keyboards is with a can of compressed air. Use the air to gently blow debris out from between the keys. Do not take the keyboard apart as this can damage it. You can also use special pads or swabs to clean the key surfaces to remove bacteria and germs.

Dusting the CPU

It’s also wise to clean the main computer system occasionally. Dust can drift in through the ventilation areas and cause your computer to start overheating. With the computer turned off, remove the lid from the CPU. Use the compressed air to blow dust out through the ventilation slits. Be sure to use short bursts of air, and keep the can upright and a few inches away from the computer hardware.

The Desk

With the computer as clean as possible, you can take a few minutes to wipe off the desk and leave your entire workstation clean. Use cleaning wipes on the phone, desk and drawer hardware. You’ll feel more comfortable working in a clean environment.

You’re busy trying to work and meet deadlines, and you may not have time to clean the computer and monitor. However, 1st Class Cleaning is more than happy to keep your entire office clean and sparkling. We offer personalized services that are based on your unique needs, and we offer flexible appointments based on your busy schedule. Call us today to see how we can help you with all of your office cleaning needs.

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