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Computer Cleaning

Computer Cleaning

Monitor Cleaning

Read the whole section before you do anything. Monitor cleaning is best done on a Friday after you finish working to let the equipment dry completely during the weekend.

Materials needed

  • A piece of lint-free cloth. You can also use VERY SOFT paper towels to avoid scratching the monitor. Most of the paper towels found in the LACC bathrooms WILL scratch the monitors.
  •  A little bit of water. If the monitor has oil or grease on it, a couple drops of Windex will be needed.
  • Caution Do not use industrial strength cleaners or petroleum based solvents, they will damage the anti-glare coating of the monitor and turn the case yellow.

Spray a few drops of Windex on a soft clothStep 1. Cleaning the monitor
NOTE: If you are cleaning an LCD monitor (usually found on laptops and flat screen monitors), be extra careful not to put much pressure when wiping. The LCD monitors feel soft to the touch and the surface is plastic. In the regular CTR monitors, the screen is glass.

  • First, TURN OFF THE COMPUTER and TURN OFF THE POWER SURGE PROTECTOR for the computer.
     
  • To clean the dust on the monitor, moisten the cloth with a little bit of water. Make sure that it is NOT SOAKED. Then, wipe the screen clean.
    Cleaning the Monitor
  • To clean finger prints or other grease from the monitor, moisten the cloth with a little bit of water and apply ONE spray of window cleaner to the cloth. NEVER APPLY THE CLEANER DIRECTLY to the monitor. Then,
    wipe the screen clean.
  • Wait until the monitor is completely dry before turning on the power surge protector and turning on the computer.

Step 2. Cleaning the casing

  • First, TURN OFF THE COMPUTER and TURN OFF THE POWER SURGE PROTECTOR for the computer.
     
  • To clean the dust on the casing, moisten the cloth with a little bit of water. Make sure that it is NOT SOAKED. Then, clean the case.
     
  • To clean oil or other grease from the case, moisten the cloth with a little bit of water and apply ONE spray of window cleaner to the cloth. NEVER APPLY THE CLEANER DIRECTLY to the case. Then, wipe the case clean.
     
  • Wait until the monitor is completely dry before turning on the power surge protector and turning on the computer.
Keyboard Cleaning

Read the whole section before you do anything. Keyboard cleaning is best done on a Friday after you finish working to let the equipment dry completely during the weekend.

Materials needed

  • A piece of lint-free cloth. You can also use strong paper towels to avoid leaving pieces of paper under the keys.
  •  A couple of drops of Windex will be needed.
  •  Caution Do not use industrial strength cleaners or petroleum based solvents, they will damage the keyboard.

Shake the Keyboard gentlyCleaning the keyboard

  • First, TURN OFF THE COMPUTER and TURN OFF THE POWER SURGE PROTECTOR for the computer.
     
  • Turn the keyboard face down, grab it with both hands and shake the keyboard gently to remove the debris from under the keys.
     
  • Moisten the cloth with a little bit of water and apply ONE spray of window cleaner to the cloth. NEVER APPLY THE CLEANER DIRECTLY to the keyboard. Then, wipe the keyboard clean.
  • Cleaning the Keyboard with a clothWait until the keyboard is completely dry before connecting
    turning on the power surge protector and turning on the
    computer.

 

 

Computer Case Cleaning

Follow the same instructions as with the monitor case cleaning, above.

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Phone: 323.953.4000

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