Being the spouse of a tech guy can have its advantages — but last week, one of the downfalls of his chosen career path found me in the form of a cold.

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There is a secondary kind of computer health that most information technology (IT) professionals don’t really talk about.

If you have your own computer, cell phone, laptop or other piece of technology, it is very easy to slack off on washing or sanitizing your hands as often as you would if you were using communal property.

So you sneeze one day and forget to use the hand sanitizer on your desk before you push the power button on your computer tower.

Three days later, you have the worst cold of your life. Once you get well, you clean the house and Lysol everything in view, but you forget that power button.

The next time the computer acts up, it is taken to an IT professional.

He or she turns on the computer, scratches his or her face and now those cold germs have made first contact!

Keeping it clean

So what do we need to do to keep our computers clean? (Physically speaking, of course.) What chemicals are computer safe?

Let’s start with the tower — any cleaning wipe should be fine, as long as you keep any moisture out of the USB ports or headphone jacks.

The same can be said for the monitor, apart from the screen, which shouldn’t be touched by any hard cleaners — no ammonia, no Clorox, no Lysol.

A damp, non-abrasive rag is all one should need to clean the screen.

If there are fingerprints that won’t come off, a single drop of Dawn soap can be added to a cup of water, which then can be used to dampen a non-abrasive rag.

Keyboards and mice can be wiped down with Clorox wipes, as well.

However, before cleaning a keyboard, turn it upside-down over a trash can and shake it briskly.

Anything that has fallen into the keyboard should fall right out.

This cleaning routine should be done each time you become sick, or as often as you feel necessary.

Phones and tablets can be cleaned in the same way as a monitor screen.

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