How do I clean my hardware and peripherals?

03/10/2020 Cleaning, Maintenance, Hardware, Periperals, Cell Phone, Smart Phone

Table Of Contents:

Required Products

  • Isopropyl Alcohol 99% (70% is ok but you will need to wait longer for it to dry and you would use less of it because you want less water)
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Canned Air or Air Blaster
  • Q-Tips
  • Anti-static Brushes
  • Vacuum or garbage can to work over

Cleaning Steps - Keyboard or Game Controller

  1. Turn the computer off (full shut down)
  2. Turn the keyboard over and lightly tap the back of the keyboard to get large particles loose.
  3. Use canned air or air blaster to blow out the keyboard from all loose dust.
  4. Use anti-static brushes to clean between keys for large dust particles.
  5. Flip the keyboard back over.
  6. Use a microfiber cleaning cloth with a little bit of Isopropyl Alcohol and run it over the keys. Use Q-Tips dipped in Isopropyl Alcohol to clean in between keys.
  7. Flip the keyboard over, tap on the back of it and use air blaster to get remaining liquid out of the keyboard.
  8. Wait about 15 minutes to ensure the keyboard is dry before using.
  9. Cleaning Steps - Mouse
  10. Turn the computer off (full shut down)
  11. Use a microfiber cloth with a small amount of Isopropyl Alcohol on it. Rub all surfaces of the mouse clean (top and bottom).
  12. Use Q-Tips for the small spaces between the buttons and track wheel.
  13. Flip mouse over and clean bottom and use Q-Tips for cleaning the laser portion of the mouse.
  14. Let it dry before use (15 minutes)

Cleaning Steps - Desktop Tower

  1. Turn the computer off (full shut down)
  2. Unplug the power cord and any other ports that are connected. Take note of these connectors and where they go. If you are unsure, take pictures with your phone or camera.
  3. Use an Air Duster (blaster) to blast away any loose dust around ports and outside of the case. Blow out any fans that are accessible from the outside. The best way to clean is from inside going out. But if you are not comfortable with opening your computer, we don’t recommend it.
  4. Use a vacuum to clean up the floor and around the computer. DO NOT USE A VACUUM inside the computer. Vacuums can cause static electricity.
  5. If your computer is located on the floor, we recommend bringing the computer up on the desk to prevent more dust from accumulating, in the future. Or put the computer at least 6 inches off the ground on a pedestal. So the fans do not suck in all the dust from the floor.
  6. Use an Air Duster (blaster) to clean out fans, and anti-static brushes to clean fan grills. Anti-static brushes can also be used to clean ports. If you do clean with the blaster or static brushes be gentle. Air Duster should be further back from the ports to prevent damage.
  7. Vacuum up loose dust around the working area.
  8. Use a microfiber cloth with Isopropyl Alcohol on it to clean the outside of the case. Never spray directly on any components.
  9. Wait 15 minutes before connecting and using.

Cleaning Steps - Laptop

  1. Turn the computer off (full shut down)
  2. Unplug AC Adapter and any power source and unplug any ports that are being used.
  3. WARNING - Carefully move the laptop around and be extremely careful not to damage it with vibrations. Proceed with care.
  4. Put the laptop on an angle to spray out the keyboard with an Air Duster (blaster).
  5. Use a microfiber cloth with Isopropyl Alcohol on it to clean off the keys. Use Q-Tips to get in between the keys.
  6. Close the laptop and flip it over.
  7. Clear out all vents using an Air Blaster and a vacuum up loose dust around the working area.
  8. Use a microfiber cloth with Isopropyl Alcohol to wipe down all the surfaces of the laptop. Top cover, bottom, and sides.
  9. PROCEED to cleaning steps - Screens
  10. Let dry for at least 15 minutes before using.

Cleaning Steps - Screens

  1. Turn off the monitor and unplug it. If it’s a laptop make sure the laptop is off and unplugged.
  2. Use a microfiber cloth and Isopropyl Alcohol to wipe down the screen.
  3. WARNING - DO NOT USE WINDEX this will cause the display to warp over time as it removes a protective layer that is on the screen.
  4. Clean all buttons with Q-tips with Isopropyl Alcohol on them. Clean any connectors and free loose dust particles from the cables.
  5. Use a vacuum around the monitor or on the stand for the montor to get rid of any loose dust.
  6. Wait 15 minutes before powering on.

Cleaning Steps - Smartphones

  1. Turn off the phone power down fully.
  2. Take the phone out of any case if you have a protective case.
  3. Use a microfiber cloth with Isopropyl Alcohol on it to clean the screen and buttons.
  4. If you have a protective case, clean the case and check corners for dirt and remove dirt with air or microfiber cloth.
  5. On the phone, if your camera lens has a ridge use a Q-Tip to clean the edge.
  6. Used canned air or an air blaster to clean out the charging port of the device. This is a common area where lint and other dirt gather causing the unit not to charge.
  7. If you have a lot of stuck on dirt in the charging port you may need a small tooth pick or plastic poker to clean out the port. If you need to do this you need to be extremely careful to NOT scratch the port.
  8. Keep the phone outside the case for about 10 to 15 minutes until it’s dry.
  9. Put the phone back into its protective case.