Face it; we spend a lot of time with our electronic devices. We take them everywhere we go, and even computer equipment that stays on a desk in the office can gather dust.
Removing dirt, grime and bacteria from your mobile devices is as important as washing your hands, and if you let dirt and dust remain on, in or around your computer equipment, it can clog the fans that help to keep the circuitry cool. So keep busy on a rainy day and clean some of your smart office equipment.
Before you get started, you will need to gather a few items, such as a can of compressed air, rubbing alcohol, distilled water, two lint-free cloths, round and pointed cotton swabs, and cleaning wipes.
To clean your smartphone or mobile device, you should turn it off and remove the case. Avoid using chemicals on your screen. Dilute the alcohol with distilled water at a 50/50 dilution. Dip cotton swabs into the solution and gently clean your device's screen, edges, buttons, camera and case. Then wipe everything down with a lint free microfiber cloth. If you are a real germaphobe, you can also try the PhoneSoap Charger that cleans and sanitizes your phone while it charges.
For office computer equipment such as a computer tower or a printer, take it to a garage or open space to clean to avoid dust flying throughout your office space. Look for ventilation holes on your device and used the compressed air as directed. Avoid spinning fans inside devices as not to cause damage to bearings.
Do not expose the inside of a computer unless you are comfortable doing so; it can void your warranty and you cause damage to parts if you do not know what you are doing. You can always seek a computer professional for help. Once "dusting" the device is complete, you can wipe the outside down with cleaning wipes.
To clean a computer screen, you can dip a microfiber cloth in the mixture recommended above and wipe down the screen. Then use a clean cloth to dry the screen.
Remember to clean your peripheral devices and desk phone too! You can use cleaning wipes on keyboards, mice and desk phones, but what is most important is deep cleaning. You can tap keyboards over a trashcan to remove loose debris, and use the same method as cleaning the edges of your smartphone to reach the crevices of peripheral devices. Use a cotton swab dipped in the alcohol/water mixture to clean edges, buttons and openings.
The opinions of Jessica Michael are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.