It’s that time of year again. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, our thoughts turn to longer days, outdoor barbecues, and walks in the park. For some strange reason, many of us are also in the mood for some serious spring cleaning.
One area that often gets overlooked is our computer. I’m not talking about all the files and documents that may be cluttering up the inside, I’m talking about the outside. That’s the place where all the grime and bacteria love to hang out. Tests have shown that your computer keyboard has more germs on it than a toilet seat. If that doesn’t inspire you to take action and get cleaning, nothing will!
Here’s what to do to get your computer keyboard and mouse germ-free in 5 minutes:
Before you begin, you’ll need these cleaning supplies ready:
|2 microfiber cloths – 1 damp, 1 dry|
|can of compressed air|
All of these items can be purchased at your local office supply store.
- Disconnect your mouse and keyboard from the computer. If they’re wireless or if you use a trackpad, take out the batteries.
- Shake away loose dirt. Turn them upside down and gently shake to remove crumbs and loose debris. If they’re stuck, use your compressed air to blow them away. (Note: Be sure to follow the directions on the can for safe use.)
- Wipe away grime. Use the dry microfiber cloth to wipe away any grime.
- Disinfect. Squeeze out excess moisture from a disinfecting wipe, and wipe the mouse and keyboard. Be careful not to get any moisture into the cracks or openings. Immediately follow by wiping your mouse and keyboard with the slightly damp microfiber cloth. Again, avoid getting moisture into any openings.
- Dry. Use your dry microfiber cloth to remove any remaining moisture.
Ideally, this cleaning ritual should be done more often than every spring. Cleaning weekly is recommended to make sure your keyboard and mouse are free from bacteria and germs.
Now I want to hear from you. When was the last time you cleaned your computer keyboard and mouse? Leave your comments below and continue our conversation.