Devices that are used on an everyday basis, such as laptop computers, require cleaning and maintaining. Laptop actually require more cleaning that regular desktop computers because they are handled more and are usually carried around. These are some useful tips on how to clean your laptop screen, keyboard, and case. But first, you need to get the right cleaning supplies – a special screen cleaner, some soap, a bowl, and some isopropyl alcohol. Turn the device off, unplug it, and remove the battery, the mouse, USB keys, CDs, and other stuff connected to it so they do not get in the way.
Wash The Screen
There are three ways to wash your laptop’s screen.
- Use an LCD monitor cleaning kit. Probably the best option for screen-cleaning, because you get a package that contains a damp towelette moistened with an LCD monitor cleaning solution as well as a lint-free cloth.
- 2. Dry-clean the screen with a lint-free cloth. All tiptop screens are LCD, which are very fussy about liquids. That is why you should use a lint-free cloth, in order to remove finger smudges and get the dust off.
- Wipe the screen with a damp sponge. Make it damp with clean water, wring it out from the sponge before you apply it to the screen, and rub gently.
After the screen is clean, leave it to dry before you turn it on or close the lid. Never use ammonia or alcohol for cleaning because these harsh chemicals can damage the LCD display.
Wiping The Case
Grab a sponge, water, dishwashing detergent, cotton swabs, and a ling-free cloth. Mix one part detergent with five parts water, soak the sponge in the cleaning mixture, wring it out until it is dry, and then wipe the laptop’s case gently. Use swabs to clean the touch pad and get the crannies and nooks. Medical swabs (find them at any pharmacy) are better than the standard Q-tip, because they are of higher quality and are wrapped a bit tighter. Avoid inserting swabs into any jacks, ports, or holes on the laptop. Wipe the case again with a lint-free cloth to get all the excessive moisture.
Word of caution:
- Isopropyl alcohol is a great case-cleaning liquid, but do not use it to clean your laptop screen.
– Do not use detergents that contain strong chemicals, such as bleach and ammonia.
– Liquid should not be spilled inside the device, because it can damage electrical laptop parts.
Cleaning The Keyboard
The laptop keyboard can be cleaned with the keys still attached as well as without them. In the first case, you can use the smallest attachment of a small, portable vacuum to such the crud, crumbs, and hair between the keys. The key caps can be cleaned with a pencil eraser (make sure you vacuum again to suck the eraser stubble). Some people use canned compressed air, but it may blow the debris deeper into the laptop, and you will not be able to get it out after that.
If you want to disconnect the keys, you can remove them with a knife (but be careful so you do not damage the keys and connectors). Grab a bowl, add a few drops of dish soap, fill it with water and place the keys inside. Finish the job by scrubbing them lightly. Dry them out and pop them back on the keyboard.
Whenever you notice that your laptop keys are starting to stick, dust and finger smudges on the screen, and feel that it needs some cleaning – gather all the necessary stuff and clean it up yourself.