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How to Save Money with Preventive Computer Care
The most important activity that you as a computer user can
do is to keep your computer as clean as possible. Your system's user guide is
the best source to find specific information about how to clean your system's
outer components; but here are some basic tips you should always follow.
Computers are an everyday part of life in the modern world.
However, computers require special attention and care in order for them to
function properly and to operate safely. Here are some basic guidelines to help
you maintain your computer equipment and to keep your equipment functioning for
a long time. After all, keeping your equipment running will save you money.
Prevention to be taken on your computer
Things to be cautioned about while operating your computer.
- 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 and dust free area.
- Always use surge protectors
to prevent electrical surge damage to your system.
- Place an anti-static mat in
the area where you are operating your computer to eliminate or prevent
anti-static damage to your system.
- Have your system's interior
cleaned at least once every year to keep it running smoothly and to
protect your investment.
- NEVER eat or drink while
operating your computer. Food crumbs can easily damage your computer.
- NEVER place an open container
containing water on or near your computer to avoid electrical shock.
- NEVER use your computer's
keyboard with dirty or sticky hands.
- NEVER allow your pets near
your computer. Dust and hairballs can accumulate inside the computer's
case and cause your system to overheat.
- YOU SHOULD NEVER spray any
type of cleaner into your computer's air vents or you could damage your
Basic computer maintenance should be part of your regular routine. Keeping your
computer dust and dirt free, will guarantee that your computer will last and
will give you years of reliable performance. Please consult your user's guide
for more specific maintenance practices and intervals.
How to clean your computer system
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 your
user guide to determine the best interval for internal cleaning and take your
computer to a certified technician.
Your computer monitor is likely to be the component that will require the most
attention, because computer monitors tend to get dirty from regular use and
from dust. To clean your computer monitor or LCD, you can use special chemicals
design to clean computer monitors without damaging them.
To clean your computer's screen you 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 your computer. Instead, spray a
lint-free cloth lightly with the computer screen cleaner, and then clean your
screen. Be sure to hold the cloth away from your computer when spraying the
cleaner to the cloth.
Dirt and other debris can fall or accumulate between the keys and cause damage
or prevent the keys from functioning properly. To clean your computer's
keyboard you must use either canned air/gas or a small computer-specific vacuum
cleaner. NEVER apply any cleaner or liquid directly 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 your computer's keyboard. DO NOT clean
your computer while the computer is operating, and avoid using your computer
till the cleaner has dissipated to avoid possible damage to your equipment.
Consult your user's guide for precise instructions on your particular machine.
Your computer case will require maintenance. You should remove dust and grime
from your computer's air vents and your computer's case. ALWAYS use canned
air/gas to clean your computer's vents or air intakes. Canned air/gas cleaners
are idea for cleaning air vents, keyboards, disk drives and computer case
crevices. The exterior of your computer's case can be cleaned with a lint-free
cloth sprayed with an anti-static computer cleaner. When in doubt about how to
clean your computer system, ALWAYS consult your user manual or call your
system's technical support department.
Safe and clean computing will save you money!
Following these basic computer care guidelines should help you to take good
care of your computer system, and keep it running for years. Preventive
maintenance will keep your system from having problems and will save you money
in the long run. For specific questions about your particular system, you
should ALWAYS check your user guide or contact technical support.