Computers have become an essential instrument in our lives. We are connected for all kinds of activities, whether for work, shopping or play. The point is that we use the keyboard and mouse after touching many objects and surfaces. However, most people don’t wash their hands first, so dirt gets on these devices.
The computer is one of the dirtiest things you touch all day. A study conducted by the University of Arizona revealed that keyboards contain 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
For that reason, the next time you sit down in front of your PC, ask yourself when was the last time you cleaned your keyboard and mouse? It is recommended to do it as often as possible.
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How to do it and why?
As reported by the American Journal of Infection Control, a Chicago hospital found that their computer keyboards contained strains of staph drug resistant. And like the University of Arizona study, an Australian study found that the desk contains 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
When should you clean the keyboard and mouse? It is stated that people should clean the mouse and keyboard at least once a week.
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What’s more, if you consider yourself a person who shares the PC with friends or family, it is recommended to clean it after each use. Similarly, clean it more often when you are sick or if something has been spilled on it. You should also wash your hands before using it.
To disinfect it you will need a microfiber cloth, cotton swabs, compressed air and isopropyl alcohol. It is important to make sure that the computer is completely turned off and unplugged. Turn the keyboard upside down and shake off any crumbs or debris that may have fallen out. Then use the can of compressed air to blow out any dust or debris between the keys.
For more stubborn dirt, use cotton swabs with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol. Clean your mouse and computer screen with the microfiber cloth. Wipes are also a good alternative.