If you own a laptop, chances are it’s pretty dirty. Between endless coffee dates, deskside lunches and acting as your travel companion, there’s no doubt your laptop sees a lot of wear and tear. Laptops cost a lot of money and will (hopefully) be used for a long period of time, so it’s important to keep them in good shape. Every once and a while, take the time to properly clean your laptop…even if you have a case. Since it’s a somewhat delicate device, there is a certain way you should go about cleaning it.
How To Clean Your Laptop
Before you start, power down your laptop and unplug it from its charging device. You should also remove the battery (if you can) to eliminate any chance of damage.
– Start with the outer casing. You can either use cleaning wipes specifically designed for electronics or dish soap and a lint-free cloth. If you’re using wipes, simply wipe down the lid and bottom part of your laptop. If you’re using dish soap, mix a couple drops of soap with warm water. Dip the cloth in the water, wring it out and gently rub the lid and bottom of your laptop. Rinse the cloth (or use a new one) with clean water and wipe down the lid and bottom again, making sure to remove any soap.
– Move onto the keyboard. This part can be tricky because you have to make sure that absolutely no liquid gets underneath the keys. Use a can of compressed air to remove any dust and food crumbs. Then, take a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and carefully clean on and around the keys.
– To clean the screen simply use a microfiber cloth to wipe away any dust and smudges. If your screen still doesn’t appear clean, you can use warm water and one drop of dish soap, along with a microfiber cloth. Dip the cloth in the water/soap solution, wring it out and wipe down the screen again.
– Use a clean cotton swab to wipe down the ports. If they are still dusty, use a can of compressed air.
Put your laptop back together and that’s it!