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I have a question...
I've heard a bunch of ways of cleaning a desk and desktop peripherals but never had a definitive guide as such on how to clean a desk so id like to collect together a bunch of ideas together!

there are a few things that I want to clarify.

please post responses based on what category it is in...
  • Keyboard Cleaning
  • Mouse Cleaning
  • Headphones Cleaning
  • Speakers Cleaning
  • Desk Cleaning

The more detail you can give the better...
what product was used, why a certain product is not good (because certain chemicals melt plastic/tarnishes metal), Alternatives to a certain produce, What other things you use the product for cleaning (ie, you used the same thing to clean off grease from keyboard keys as you do to clean grease off a mouse or clear side panel)

I'd also like to know if anyone has any tips on preventing dust, dirt, grime or grease build up.

I look forward to reading and hopefully collecting good information for a guide!
post #2 of 4
Keyboard cleaning - Windex on a soft rag, rub it across the whole surface of the keyboard. Windex evaporates quickly. Then, turn the keyboard upside down and blow it out - around the keys - with compressed air.
Mouse cleaning - Use denatured alcohol on a cotton ball. If denatured alcohol is not around, rubbing alcohol will work. Compressed air is also good idea in the mouse crevices.
Headphones cleaning - Denatured alcohol on the outside, gently compress air on the drivers
Ext. speakers - Windex on the outside, gently compressed air on the drivers
Desk - Remove all computer components (tower, speakers, monitor, etc.). Vacuum up the large "dust bunnys" then - if the desk is woodgrained - use Endust with a clean soft rag. If it is glass or something other than real wood, I go back to Windex.
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post #3 of 4
i use these on everything

http://www.clorox.com/products/clorox-disinfecting-wipes/

for cleaning LCD screens, i use a microfiber cloth and a special cleaner for LCD screens
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can anyone advise on specific clothes to use to clean things? I had what i thought was a microfibre cloth but it appeared to scratch very small scratch marks onto my old case which made it look a bit tacky...

Also, i recommend buying a few flat fitched paint brushes and saw off the handle for a very small little brush which you can use to lightly dust things

something like this: (Image obtained from google)
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