According to recent research, the average desk may contain around 10 million different types of germs and bacteria. Whether it's a small desk where for taking care of household expenses or a full home office, no matter what is placed in this area is bound to attract clutter and dust. Here are some ideas for managing:
Computer, Monitors, Fax, Printers and Televisions
Nothing seems to attract dust like electronics do — static is a powerful draw. But because computer screens and discs can be easily damaged, cleaning them is delicate work. Reach for a microfiber cloth or electronics wipe, as these won't scratch surfaces or leave lint behind. (Also, you shouldn't use glass cleaner — screens have antiglare coatings that can be stripped by solvents.) Lightly go over the turned-off screen with your cloth. Then, dampen the cloth, and buff away grime on the rest of the monitor or laptop. Handle the mouse and printer the same way. With a clean spot on the cloth, wipe any CDs and DVDs from the center out to the edge — not in a circular motion — in case there's grit that could leave scratches. Computers, telephones, monitors, televisions, printers, fax machines and audio equipment all collect dust and dirt. These items should be cleaned periodically so that dust doesn't get trapped inside and create problems with connections.
- Do not vacuum any of the chips or other electronic components in a computer or other electronic equipment
- Do not use any kind of liquid cleaner inside the computer. Compressed air will thoroughly clean interior areas
- As you clean, touch the power supply or any metal part of the computer with your finger periodically to dispel any static-electric buildup. Static electricity can destroy the tiny circuits inside computer chips
- Wires and cords
Even if the only items on a desk are a telephone, lamp and an adding machine, the cords always seem to get tangled. If at all possible, run cords behind or under the desk. A wide variety of clips and guides are available at office supply stores to manage the jumble that various cables can become while also protecting children and pets from playing with them.