You pay attention to cleaning the smallest nook and corner of your house, but have you ever thought of cleaning your laptop? With work from home on the rise, we all end up spending hours on our laptops. We repeatedly touch the keys on the keyboard and the screen is exposed to dust all the more. It is important to clean your laptop screen and keyboard to maintain hygiene. Here are some tips on how to clean your laptop.
Laptops are electronics, and it is a no-brainer that you cannot clean it under running water. You have to be careful that you do not let water enter the keyboard or on the screen as this may spoil your motherboard forever and create a shot circuit. Even the liquid cleaning agent you use, should be used sparingly. Here we will guide you with the right products and the right technique.
To clean your laptop, you will require:
- Microfiber cloths – one dry and one to be made wet.
- Dishwashing liquid
- A can of compressed air
- Isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
- Unplug your laptop before you begin and shut it down. Remove the battery if possible. This gives you added protection.
- Start from the lid and bottom panel. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a bowl and add a few drops of warm water. Now dip your wet microfiber cloth in the soapy mixture and wring it well.
- Use this cloth to wipe down the lid and bottom panel of your laptop.
- Again rinse out the cloth with clean water and wipe the same areas again.
- Wipe down the third time with a dry cloth.
- Next, start with the keyboard. You have to be careful not to let any liquid drip down underneath the keyboard.
- First use the can of compressed air to pressure remove any dust particles and crumbs stuck in-between the keys or in the crevices between the buttons.
- Now dab a microfibre cloth in isopropyl rubbing alcohol and gently rub it over the keys.
- It is better to use isopropyl rubbing alcohol for the keyboard as it evaporates quickly and also, it reduces the risk of liquid getting inside the laptop. It is also great in removing oily residue found on the keys left behind by the fingertips.
- For the screen, use a microfiber cloth dipped in the soapy mixture. Wring it well and then gently wipe the screen with this cloth. Again repeat with a clean cloth and then finally, wipe the screen dry with a dry microfiber cloth.
- If someone with a cold or cough has been using your laptop, or you yourself have got a common cold and have been sneezing, then it is important to disinfect your laptop again before using. You can use a hydrogen peroxide solution for disinfecting your laptop.
- To clean the side vents in a laptop, use your can of compressed air, to blow out the dust and dirt. This action also helps to increase the speed and efficiency of your laptop as it clears the vent.
You should clean your laptop periodically. Today, most of the work is done on laptops. Your fingers are forever placed on your keys or mouse. Knowingly or unknowingly, you use the same hands to scratch your face, tie your hair or hold other items. If your laptop keys are infected with germs, you may easily get those germs inside your system. Furthermore, it is always better to work on a laptop that is squeaky clean and hygienic.