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Quick Tip Tuesday: Computer Cleaning

Compressed AirKeeping your computer clean can extend your computer's life and health and also prevent the spread of germs. There are many factors that affect your computer's cleanliness - how many people use the computer, if you are in a dorm or a clean office, if there are pets around, or if the computer is regularly around smoke, etc. Many students use their laptops on their laps or beds. This prevents proper airflow from the fan inside the laptop, causing components to overheat and weaken the computer's performance. Try using laptops on desks or on flat, non-fabric tablets to increase airflow and prevent dust from getting in to the computer. Some even purchase cooling pads that can be hooked up via USB to the computer to keep computers from overheating. 

Here are some other cleaning tips to maintain your computer's health: 

  • Never spray or squirt any liquid onto any computer component. If a spray is needed, spray the liquid onto a cloth.
  • You can use a vacuum to suck up dirt, dust, or hair around the computer. However, do not use a vacuum inside your computer as it generates static electricity that can damage your computer. Use compressed air instead to clean out your computer. 
  • Turn off the computer before any cleaning. 
  • Be cautious when using any cleaning solvents as some can damage the computer. Try to use water, highly diluted solvents, or products specifically designed for computer care. 

See more tips for cleaning your computer here: http://www.computerhope.com/cleaning.htm

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