This guest post was contributed by Adam Smith.
Office computers are not entirely maintenance free. At the very least, you need to do regular cleaning in order for the computers to work optimally. There are a few basic cleaning tips you can apply immediately, and we are going to discuss them in this article.
A Specially Designed Cleaning Fluid or Foam
Instead of using general cleaning products, find cleaning fluids or foams that are meant for cleaning electronics. They usually evaporate quickly when applied and leave no residue whatsoever, which means they are highly suitable for cleaning sensitive computer parts.
Most specially designed cleaning fluids or foams also have unique properties: antistatic. As we all know, static electricity can cause a lot of problems in a computer. Using these specialized cleaning solutions will help prevent these problems from happening.
Clean Fans and Vents
One of the biggest problems you will face when your computer is dirty is overheating. In fact, overheating could cause a long list of other problems and incapacitate your computers entirely. Always clean the computer fans regularly.
A good way to do this is by using a soft brush or a blower. If you choose to use the later, be sure to do the cleaning outside to prevent dust from circulating in the room. Simply brush (or blow) away dust on fans and air ventilations to improve air circulation.
Never apply too much force when cleaning computer fans. The blades are often made of plastic and will break under heavy pressure. Look for chipped edges and check if the blades are attached properly before putting everything back in place.
The motor can also stop working if proper care is not taken. Some computer fans have gaps between the main blades and the cover, making it easy for dirt and dust to enter the inside of the motor and causing it to overheat when used. Instead of circulating hot air out of the computer case, your fans are actually increasing the temperature inside the case. The only way to clean the motor is by removing the blades and applying a suitable cleaning solution.
Hard Drive Cleaning
Mechanical hard drives are more prone to damages than chip-based drives or SSDs. Cleaning them is something you need to do with extra care. A quick wipe using microfiber cloth or a mild brush should do the trick. Be sure to avoid dropping the hard drives or applying too much force when handling them to prevent damages.
You should also look at the content of your hard drives. Keeping the hard drive backed up and unused files deleted will keep the whole system running smoothly and optimally.
If you are not sure about what you are doing, it is always best to contact companies like Iconic Computers to help you. The team of computer cleaning experts will know exactly what to do with the delicate components.
Hiring a professional computer cleaning and maintenance company also brings another benefit: speed. When you have hundreds of computers and you need them all cleaned and maintained regularly, hiring a team of professionals is the only way to go.