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A RELATIONSHIP with a computer can be as intimate as that with a car – familiarity leads to a situation in which chocolate wrappers, hair pins, old credit card dockets disappear into the keyboard, as they do into the glove box.

Eating, drinking and even sleeping can take place in front of a screen, leading to queries such as that received by a service company, which was asked to repair the “coffee cup holder” so considerately provided on the disc drive (it was the tray the CDs go in).

For an enterprising Perth company there are no surprises and no secrets in the detritus that gathers around computers and other electronic equipment.

Computer Maid cleans machines, keyboards, work stations, in fact all electronic office equipment in an enterprise that assumes while much attention is paid to maintaining the machines, few people clean them as they would, say, their kitchen sink.

Computer Maid regional manager Jason Hamling got the idea for a computer cleaning service when he was the executive of an office cleaning firm He was sometimes asked if his organisation cleaned computers but, recognising that this required special skills, had to decline the offers of work.

Instead he began a franchise business, whereby those wishing to go into business for themselves can buy a guaranteed number of clients, or annual turnover, receive training and a set of guidelines and cleaning materials.

Some contracts service 60 or more computers, others are for small offices, yet all seek to preserve the equipment and, more importantly, make workplaces healthier.

Mr Hamling says offices are a prime source of infection and that strict hygiene for the equipment can reduce this risk

Computer Maid has more than 400 companies to Computer Maid’s client list, and it accepts new franchisees only when it can guarantee them a satisfactory number of customers.

The company handles all the accounts for franchises, provides training and carries out monitoring of clients. There are no call-out fees or penalties for work done outside normal business hours (it is often difficult to clean a computer when people want to use it).

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