How To Clean Electronic Equipment?

Nowadays, every home office has a computer, a printer and a phone, with often a scanner and a fax as well. When cleaning, the main problem is dust. Apart from looking unsightly, dust is bad for electronic equipment because it can affect its performance. Office desks can contain nearly 400 times as many microbes as a toilet seat. Most of them lurk on telephones, keyboards and computer mice. Cold and flu viruses on keyboards can survive for up to 72 hours. If you touch any of these things and then touch your skin or put your fingers in your mouth without washing your hands, you will transfer the microbes. Similarly, if you eat lunch at your desk, crumbs and spills can harbor bacteria. Cleaning of desks and equipment was found to reduce bacteria by 99%.

To clean the computer screen, use a lint-free, anti-static cloth, or special anti-static, non-smear wipes designed for computer screens. These are quite expensive. A good home-made alternative is a used conditioner sheet. Spray very lightly with water and use to clean the screen.


Unplug the mouse and wipe over with a damp cloth and a little household disinfectant (or use an anti-bacterial wipe). To clean the keyboard, use a small, stiff, flat brush to clean between the keys and then wipe over with a cotton bud dipped in a disinfectant, and squeezed until almost dry. Wipe over with a barely damp cloth.

Avoid eating and drinking at your office desk. Crumbs can get into the keyboard, and if you spill a drink over it, you will probably have to get a new one. A small spillage can sometimes be contained, but act quickly. Switch off the computer and unplug the keyboard. Tear kitchen towels into strips and dip just the edge of the paper into the pools of liquid, letting the towel soak it up by capillary action. Do the same between the keys. As the paper becomes soggy, replace it. Be patient and don’t dab the water or you may spread it. Leave to dry upside down in a warm, dry place. Do not plug back in unless the keyboard is completely dry.


If you’re cleaning the telephone, you have to unplug it before cleaning. Use a damp cloth and a little disinfectant (or an anti-bacterial wipe) to clean the handset, paying particular attention to areas that come in contact with your skin. Then clean the cradle – there is no point ridding the handset of microbes, only to put it back on to a dirty surface – and the rest of the phone. To clean between the keys, use a cotton bud dipped in a little disinfectant and then squeezed dry. Clean the fax machine in the same way.

Mobile phones also need cleaning, which can be a bit fiddly. Switch off the phone, then clean with anti-bacterial wipes. Clean between the keys as above.


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