Thursday, September 15, 2011

Green Cleaning: LCD Screens and Computers

Have your prepared All Purpose Surface Cleaner and a soft cloth ready. You can use cotton or a microfiber cloth, but never paper towels. The reason is that paper is made from wood pulp, and even though it feels soft to you, it's rough on your sensitive LCD screen.

First, turn off your computer and its components (such as the monitor and speakers). Spray your cleaner onto your soft cloth, then gently wipe the LCD screen like you would glass. Once you're done with that, use a can of compressed air and clean out between the keys. Then you take another clean cloth and wipe down the exterior of your device.

If you're cleaning a desktop computer, another good maintenance idea is to disconnect the tower and take it outside. Then, carefully open up the tower and use your can of compressed air to get all the dust out. Do not touch anything inside with water or your fingers, unless you know what you're doing. Contact with substances like oil (from your hand) or water can damage some parts. Also, you could accidentally shock the components which would force you to have it repaired by a technician. I recommend doing this on a regular basis, as dirt can cause your computer to work slower. But if you feel uncomfortable doing this part of the maintenance, hire a friend that's also a computer geek to do this part for you.

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