To ensure that your laptop is in top condition for a long time, care must be taken to properly clean and maintain it. Any scratches, smudges, and other nastiness should be eliminated. A clean laptop is just as enjoyable to have as a brand new one. When you take care of your end, the equipment will take care of you. That includes everything from wiping down the keys to keeping it free of dust. It’s your valuable partner and you need to take care of it. People often ask: What are the steps to keep your “best friend” spotless at work and play?
- Use a set of appropriate tools and supplies: alcohol, microfiber cloths, swabs, compressed air, etc. Pure rubbing alcohol is ideal as it doesn’t damage the internal circuitry. In the most challenging case of dirt, as a last resort, one could also use a melamine sponge.
- Afterwards, it’s time to start cleaning the inside of your computer. Wanting to clean the smudges off the keyboard may seem like a priority, but you should not ignore the less “glamorous” interior. Food crumbs and hair from you or your pet, that have accumulated there over time, can be blown away with compressed air. Turn off the laptop, unplug it, and remove the battery (if it comes out easily). Hold the compressed air machine and start blowing at short intervals between the gaps. Don’t do this for a long time, as this could cause moisture to build up inside the computer and can damage the fans. If it’s been too long since you last cleaned the interior you should take it to a professional technician for a deep cleaning.
- Caring for the outside. Time to grab the microfiber cloth, add a few drops of alcohol, drain it well so it doesn’t drip, and run it over the surfaces. You may want to use swabs and alcohol on the keyboard buttons and the gaps in between. It may take a few passes to get rid of the grime, but once you do you will notice a big difference.
- The screen is a completely different case. You should be able to wipe the fingerprints off with a dry microfiber cloth. But if you need a little more cleaning power then you’ll need some water. Some screen manufacturers recommend other mixtures with alcohol and water. Whatever you do, don’t use products designed for windows cleaning. They have harsh chemicals and can affect your screen.
Author: Vlachogiannis L. George