Keyboards Promote Bacteria Growth

January 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s true!  A University of Arizona study commissioned by the Clorox Co. found that the office desktop had 400 times more bacteria than the average office toilet seat. Prevent your computer space from being a bacteria breeding ground by following these suggestions.

Clean your keyboard

First you will need a can of compressed air, a lint free cloth, Q-tips, and some isopropyl alcohol.  Before cleaning, shut down your computer and unplug the keyboard.  Then:

  • Turn your keyboard upside down and shake off any large debris.
  • Using a can of compressed air, spray air around and under the keys.
  • Use Q-tips with a couple of drops of cleaner to remove drink and food spills by gently wiping each key and between the keys.

Cleaning your monitor

  • Turn off the monitor. A dark screen makes it easier to see dirt and oil.
  • Use a dry, soft cloth (we suggest microfiber) and very gently wipe the screen.
  • If the dry cloth does not completely remove the dirt or oil, do not press harder to scrub it off.  Pushing directly on the LCD screen can cause serious damage.
  • If necessary, dampen the cloth with distilled water or with an equal ratio of distilled water to white vinegar.
  • The plastic edge around the screen can be cleaned with any multipurpose cleaner but take care to avoid contact with the screen.

Computer cleaning don’ts

  1. Don’t use paper towels, toilet paper, tissue paper, or something like your shirt to wipe the LCD screen. These non-ultrasoft materials can scratch the screen.
  2. Don’t use cleaning products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone, toluene, ethyl acid, or methyl chloride. These chemicals can yellow the screen or cause other problems.
  3. Never spray liquid directly on the LCD screen or keyboard.  Put cleaner directly on to Q-tip or cleaning towel.

Keeping your computer clean not only removes unwanted bacteria, it also protects your investment by extending the life of your PC.