Almost all of us use our laptops to work, but there are instances when laptops could double up as a quick snack table. We also often ignore the rule of regularly wiping the keyboard with a cloth. Have you looked at your keyboard lately and seen a bunch of junk inside which tends to look like a lint trap in your dryer or the lint in your pockets? Well, sadly, all this dust and dirt causes computer lagging and faster wear and tear of your device. When cleaning a laptop, you must be careful as lint can cause a lot of excess static buildup. So, when working with cleaning it is suggested to ground your laptop and remove the battery and plugs from the wall. The key with cleaning is not to let any component come in contact with water or liquid.

1. Good Old Pressurized Air
Pressurized air in a can is a lifesaver for cleaning. The little straw nozzle that comes with it can fit into almost all tight spaces in the keyboard. Spray gently and don’t go overboard. Spray out all the USB ports, Ethernet ports, and plugs. Make sure you spray into the exhaust as well. Once you have sprayed the dirt over to one side of the laptop to clean it properly you will need to get it out. This will require you to open and remove the cover.

2. Removing Cover
When removing the cover, please make sure you either watch a YouTube video or consult manufacturer’s instructions on removal. Be careful and try not to break anything. Once the cover is off, take a dust-free cloth and remove the dirt. Use the pressurized air and the cloth to clean up the sticky dust.

3. Using Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol will not harm components because it dries quickly unlike water. After opening the laptop, take a dust-free cloth and wipedown the dirty areas. Get as much out as you can. The performance will increase if you remove all the dust. Make sure you clean the cooling fan as well with the air and the rubbing alcohol to remove any residue causing it not to turn properly. The keyboard should be cleaned with rubbing alcohol too as it removes oils from fingers and most stains without destroying the paint on the keys.

4. Dust-Free Cloth & Soapy Water
Water is always going to be kryptonite to a computer. So, be careful when using water and soap. A small amount of dish soap and warm water on a dust-free cloth can clean all the plastic found on the laptop as well as the computer screen. When cleaning a computer screen make sure you do not press hard and that the cloth is just damp and not dripping wet. Do not use this cloth to wipe down any ports; it is best only to use on the surfaces that do not contain static electricity.

A few final points on cleaning a laptop are:

  • Do not spray pressurized air into the screen top.
    Do not clean when hands are wet.
  • Do not open lid if not grounded.
  • Remove battery and plug.

Keeping your laptop clean will ensure a longer life, faster speeds and a cleaner working environment for you.

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