Computer Care 101
Computers require special attention and care in order to function
properly and to operate safely.
Here are some basic guidelines that should be followed to keep computer equipment functioning
at their optimum.
- Keep computer equipment away from direct sunlight to prevent overheating
- Keep computer equipment away from direct exposure to water or humidity to prevent damage
- Keep computer equipment in a clean area where there is little or no contact with dust and dirt
It is recommended that computer equipment be operated and stored in a
separate area where there
is no contact with agents that may cause damage to the equipment. Ideally, the area should
have hard floors and the equipment should be operated with surge protection to prevent electrical
surge damage. It is good practice to place an anti-static mat on the floor to keep the desk and chair static free.
If a computer device cannot be used or stored in a clean area, it should be service and
clean regularly to keep it running smoothly.
A clean machine is a happy machine
The system's user guide is the best source to find specific information about
how to clean a specific system's outer components; but here are some basic tips that
should always be remembered.
What should NOT be done:
- Never allow anyone to eat or drink while operating computer equipment. Food crumbs can
damage computer equipment.
- Never allow computer users to have an open container containing water(or any other liquid)
on or near computer equipment
to avoid accidental spillage or an electrical shock.
- Never allow computer users to use the computer's keyboard with dirty or
sticky hands (require that users wash their hands before using the equipment).
- Never allow animals near computer equipment. Dust and hairballs can accumulate inside the
computer's case and cause
the system to overheat.
Computer equipment should be service regularly to keep it functioning properly.
The environment where the computer is housed or used, determines the maintenance schedule.
Here are some basic guidelines for determining what a computer maintenance schedule should be.
Please consult the equipment's guide for more specific practices and intervals.
- Clean room setting: if computer system is housed in a clean room setting, dirt and dust may be a minimum
issue and the average computer should be service about every 6 to 12 months.
- No clean room: If the computer system is not operated in a clean room environment. Maintenance
schedule may need to be more frequent. The frequency will be determined by how much dust and dirt is
found near the system. Generally, in an environment where there is constant exposure to dirt, dust,
pet hair etc, it is advisable that the system is clean routinely.
How to clean computer systems
Computer systems require cleaning of internal parts
especially when used outside of a clean
environment. However, only an authorized technician should open the computer case and clean sensitive
electronic components. Consult the computer system's user guide to determine the best interval for
Regular cleaning of computer
system's exterior involves the following:
Computer monitors tend to get dirty from use and from dust.
To clean a computer monitor or LCD
special chemicals design to clean the monitor without damaging the equipment should be used. To clean a computer screen one can use OPTECH CTR Screen Care.
This special cleaner is an anti-static cleaner and coating which safely removes fingerprints and smudges from computer display screens.
This cleaner also leaves the surface treated with an invisible dust repellent film, which contains an
optical ingredient which fills-in minute scratches eliminating surface distortion and reducing eye fatigue.
How to apply a computer screen cleaner
First, NEVER spray the cleaner directly onto the equipment.
Instead, spray a lint-free cloth
computer screen cleaner and then clean the screen. Be sure to hold the cloth away from the computer
when spraying the cleaner to the cloth.
During everyday use, a keyboard can get dirty and sticky. Dirt and
other agents can fall
between the keys and cause damage or prevent the keys from functioning correctly. To clean a
keyboard you must use either canned air/gas or a small computer-specific vacuum cleaner.
NEVER apply any cleaner or liquid to your keyboard. If the keys are dirty, use a lint-free cloth
that has been sprayed with computer cleaner to lightly and carefully clean the computer's
keyboard. DO NOT clean any computer while the computer is operating, and avoid use till the
cleaner has dissipated to avoid possible damage to the computer equipment. Consult the
system's guide for precise instructions on any specific machine.
Computers require exterior maintenance to keep them running smoothly. Computer maintenance
involves the removal of dust and grime from the air
vents and the computer case. NEVER ALLOW any type of cleaner or spray to be sprayed directly
into the air vents of the computer system or the equipment could be damage. ALWAYS use canned
air/gas to clean computer vents or air intakes of the computer equipment. Canned air/gas
cleaners are idea for cleaning air vents, keyboards, disk drives and computer case crevices.
The exterior of the case can be cleaned with a lint-free cloth sprayed with anti-static computer cleaner.
When in doubt about how to clean a computer system, ALWAYS consult the
manual or call the system's technical support department.
Following these basic guidelines will aid in the maintenance and upkeep
of most computers.
For specific questions about a particular system, ALWAYS check the user guide or contact technical support.