How to Deep Clean Your Computer and Mobile Phone

By Emma Crameri Emma Crameri has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
on 8 May 2021

Are you the kind of person who eats at your desk and leaves finger marks all over your smartphone? In my last workplace, we were encouraged to deep clean our desks once a week. It’s amazing how much dust can pile up during that short time frame. Here are some great ideas on cleaning your computer, desk area and mobile phone:

How to Clean your Paperwork

I’m not the best at keeping a clean desk. I’m a visual person, so I tend to collect stickies and notes on my desk. I write my to-do list daily on paper, so these can sometimes accumulate.

How to clean your desk

File away any paperwork that might have gathered on your desk. Transfer any items to your online to-do list and place them in a folder. Wipe down any surfaces and place any pens or stationery back where they belong.

How to clean your monitor

Use a microphone cloth and a screen cleaner. You’ll need to turn your computer monitor off and make sure it’s cold before cleaning.  First use a dry microfibre cloth to remove any dush from the surface of your monitor. You can wash these and reuse them. I like to soak them in water, but you can throw them in the washing machine on hot water (60 degrees). Do not use fabric softener or bleach, and hang out to dry.  

How to clean your keyboard

Keyboards are a tricky one to clean with all of the nooks. If you have a keycap remover then use it to take off the keys. If you have removed the keycaps, just wash them in some warm water and dishwashing liquid.

You can buy a cleaning goo that is slightly sticky and collects dust and food crumbs. It’s effective, but really only suitable for one-time use. As a result, it is a little on the expensive side to do regularly.

Microfibre towels are great for a general wipe over. Avoid using a vacuum cleaner, as this will introduce static electricity. I’ve tried spray cans of compressed air, but I find these ineffective.

How to clean your mouse pad

I gave up using a mouse pad many, many years ago. But I’ve seen people clean their mouse pad in the bathtub. Just use water and dish soap with a sponge. Do not place your mouse pad in a washing machine.

How to clean your mobile phone

Did you know your mobile phone is 10 times dirtier than a public toilet seat?

As I’m regularly taking photos of food, my mobile phone tends to get dirty fairly quickly. In the past I used a glass cleaner, but I have switched to Whoosh screen shine. It’s safe for all screens. It is non-toxic, ammonia ad alcohol free.

I like Whoosh. Grab a bottle to store in your top desk drawer and matching screen cloths and you’ll be set.

WHOOSH! is a leader in tech hygiene. It promises to remove 99% of dirt, gunk and yuck from your phone.

Another company who has created a mobile phone cleaning kit is OttoBox:

Alternatively look out for the Moki Screen Cleaner at places like JBHiFi and Big W.

About Whoosh!

Our products are the solution for life’s dirty moments, defining a whole new category of clean for technology.  WHOOSH! is the next generation of clean, leveraging the latest advancements in formula development and biology-based technologies we create great products that outperform other traditional and natural cleaning products.

About Moki

Moki International is a market leader of quality consumer electronics, particularly headphones and portable audio devices. Currently retailing in many countries, Moki consistently ranks as one of the bestselling, price competitive brands.

Please leave a comment and let us know how you clean your desk, computer and mobile phone?

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