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Tips to Help You Keep Your Workstation Clean

If you are like many other people, your desktop computer just sits there, day after day, allowing you to run your business. Unfortunately, like any other machine, it will fail. One way to prolong the lifespan of your computer is to keep it clean. Today, we thought we’d give you some pointers on how to do so. 

Why is a Clean Computer Better?

Think of it this way. If you have one pan and you use it to cook regularly, you’d wash it every time you cooked a new meal, right? If you didn’t it would pick up stuff from everything you’ve cooked and it would make the food you cook next taste weird. Cleaning your computer works the same way. The more you use it without cleaning it, the more dust and residue builds up in the machine and it affects the way the computer works.

How Often Should I Clean My Workstation?

Unlike a pan, you can get away with not cleaning your computer for a while. You should definitely clean it at least once a year, but it’s really a good idea to open it up and at least blow it out with some canned air every quarter (four times a year) or so. It also matters where the computer is located. For computers that are in an industrial environment, in the presence of pets, near or on carpet, or used regularly by children (or unhygienic adults) should be cleaned more often. Either way, you should plan on giving it a good cleaning at least once a year. We recommend having a professional do this for you - if your office workstations are starting to look pretty dirty, it might be a good idea to give us a call at 334-834-7660.

Cleaning Your Computer’s Components

You will need to approach cleaning each part of your workstation differently. Let’s start with some things that you absolutely shouldn’t do: 

● Do not spray any liquid directly into the computer. Spray a cloth and wipe instead.

● Do not use a vacuum, as it can create a damaging static charge. Use compressed air to blow away any debris.

● Don’t allow fans to spin freely as you are cleaning them, as it could actually damage them.

● Don’t clean your computer while it’s turned on.

Now, let’s go through how to clean the various parts of your workstation.

Your Workstation’s Case

Keeping your workstation’s case clean assists airflow. You will want to use a lint-free cloth to wipe down the exterior to help minimize dust on the outside. Working to the inside, you will want to use a can of compressed air to clean out any dust and debris. 

The Peripherals

Keeping the rest of your workspace clean is important, even your keyboard, your mouse, and your monitors. You will want to use lint-free cloths and compressed air. If you must, you can use diluted rubbing alcohol to wipe down hard surfaces.

At Jackson Thornton Technologies, we continue to provide the information that users need to properly use and look after their technology, call us at 334-834-7660 today if you have any questions or comments. 

 

 

How Important Is It to Keep Devices Charged Up?

Owners of Nintendo’s Switch console should know that, as per an announcement from Nintendo, the battery life of their device could be negatively impacted if the device isn’t charged up at least every six months. While this may not be the kind of news you’d expect to find on a business technology blog, it does open the door to a bigger, more pertinent topic: should devices that aren’t used very often be kept charged up?

The fact is that everyone has those devices that they use once in a great while, whether they’re for personal use or for professional purposes. Consider a video camera: for many individuals, it only comes out at birthdays or events, and oftentimes, the same can be said of those that businesses keep on hand.

However, the batteries that power video cameras—and a great many other devices, for that matter—simply weren’t designed to sit idly by and go unused for long periods of time. The battery could see its life diminished, or even explode.

With that in mind, consider how many rechargeable devices you have that you haven’t touched for some time, and the potential risk that’s just sitting there.

How to Safely Store Rechargeable Devices

Whenever these devices are to be stored for extended periods of time, the recommendation is to do so with them hovering at about 50 percent battery life. They should be taken out and refreshed once every three to six months and should always be kept someplace cool and dry.

If the battery hasn’t been used in some time, make sure to double-check that it isn’t damaged before you try to use it. If it turns out to be time to dispose of it, you need to ensure that you are doing so properly.

On the topic, devices like smartphones, laptops, and tablets follow a few different rules. These devices will only lose potential battery life after being completely expended and recharged around 500 times. Furthermore, they can be left plugged in without damaging the battery or contributing to the 500-recharge limit.

Why Should a Business Care?

We’ve already gone over the potential risk that all your personal devices could potentially pose. Now, take a moment to consider how many devices are stored in the office, and how much these devices could cost to replace.

To avoid this expensive circumstance, you need to be sure that your technology is properly maintained so that you have it when you need it. It also doesn’t hurt to have somewhere to turn when it does need repairs or replacement. Turn to Jackson Thornton Technologies and our team of experienced professionals. Find out what we can do to benefit your business’ technology by calling 334-834-7660.

 

Tip of the Week: When Do I Need to Clean My Computer?

As your employees go about their workdays, it is important that they do so with the resources they’ll need to remain optimally productive… and that these resources are in the best condition for them to do so. While this is often an overlooked consideration, this means that their computer needs to be clean and fully functional. Let’s go over a few best practices to follow when it comes to keeping a workstation clean enough to work optimally.

What Difference Does a Clean Workstation Make?

Putting it simply, quite a bit. If it isn’t properly kept maintained, a computer can get pretty gross.

Not only is it more aesthetically pleasing to look at when it is kept hygienic, keeping a workstation clean can help its operations by helping to control its temperature and can even prevent germs from spreading. Therefore, it is important that you address your workstation’s cleanliness periodically. Let’s go into some best practices to ensure that your computer equipment is properly cleaned.

How Often Should I Clean My Workstation?

There are a lot of variables that play into how frequently your workstation should see a little TLC. While the minimum should be at least once a year, other factors will play into your specific situation. Where that computer is located, for instance, if it’s in the home or in an office or in some other environment, and what conditions are present there can make it prudent to clean it more often.

It only makes sense that things like:

● An industrial environment

● The presence of pets

● Carpeting

● Who typically uses the computer (especially children)

…and numerous other factors would increase the frequency that a computer should be cleaned. So, if it’s been over a year since a computer has been cleaned, it’s time.

Properly Cleaning Your Workstation’s Components

Each piece of your workstation should be cleaned differently to protect them from unintentional damage. Here, we’ll focus on the best practices for a desktop workstation, which differ somewhat from those to clean a laptop.

While we’ll briefly go into the proper way to clean each component, there are a few generic best practices that you should remember as well:

●Do not spray any liquid directly into the computer. Spray a cloth and wipe instead.

●Do not use a vacuum, as it can create a damaging static charge. Use compressed air to blow away any debris.

●Don’t allow fans to spin freely as you are cleaning them, as it could actually damage them.

●Always turn off the computer before you attempt to clean it.

The Case

Cleaning your computer’s case can help assist airflow while also making it look better. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe down the exterior to help minimize dust.

The Interior

Keeping the inside of your case clean helps to reduce the internal temperature of the device, ultimately benefiting its operations. Compressed air allows you to clear out debris without risking damage to the internal components of the device.

The Peripherals

There are assorted benefits to cleaning the different accessories that enable you to use your desktop. Keeping the keyboard and mouse clean with a combination of compressed air and diluted rubbing alcohol or some other disinfectant can help keep you healthy, while regularly dusting off your monitor will help promote visibility.

To learn about these practices in more depth, call Jackson Thornton Technologies today at 334-834-7660, and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for more useful information.