How to clean your laptop

All computers require cleaning, and laptops require more cleaning than desktops. That’s because you end up handling a laptop more than you do a normal computer. Here’s how to clean your laptop case, screen, and keyboard.

 Wipe down the case

For maintaining your laptop case you will need a household sponge, dishwashing detergent, water, lint-free cloth, and cotton swabs. Gather them together and follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the laptop.

  2. Unplug the laptop.

    Remember electrical current and liquid really don’t mix.

  3. Mix the cleaning liquid.

    One part dishwashing detergent with five parts water.

  4. Soak the sponge in the cleaning liquid.

  5. Wring out the sponge until it’s dry.

  6. Gently wipe down the laptop’s case.

    The laptop case is the outside. We’ll get to the keyboard and screen later. You can use the sponge and swabs to clean the touch pad though.

  7. Use the swab to get the nooks and crannies.

    You can use the standard Q-tip, but medical swabs are better made and wrapped a little tighter. Medical swabs can be found at any pharmacy.

    Do not insert the swab into any ports, jacks, or holes on the laptop.

  8. Finish the job by wiping the case again with the lint-free cloth.

    Use the cloth to sop up any excess moisture.

  • Never spill any liquid inside the laptop!

  • Isopropyl, or “rubbing,” alcohol makes a good cleaning liquid. Do not use it to clean the monitor.

  • Avoid using any detergent that contains strong chemicals, such as ammonia or bleach.

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