How to Safely Clean Your Laptop
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How to Safely Clean Your Laptop

Tips about proper and scientific cleaning of your laptop and notebook computer.

Since laptops have become exceedingly light and portable, people tend to take it everywhere with them and it gets dirty fast by picking dust and liquid drops that splash from coffee, tea, and other soft drinks.

The Need To Clean: If you look at your screen from an angle you would be amazed at the droplets of tea and soft drinks that have dried on it. Even your dried saliva is there, deposited the last time when you sneezed without covering your mouth and nose. On top of that is the thick coating of dust that coats the screen uniformly.

None of these are noticeable when you look directly at the screen and they get overlooked for a long time which makes the deposits solidify, making cleaning difficult. Worse, these deposits reduce the light and contrast produced by the screen, forcing you to strain at it crating unnecessary eye strain and fatigue.

Clean The Laptop Regularly: The best approach would be to clean it regularly, so that no hard deposits are formed. Wiping the screen with a lint free and very soft cloth is the best method for regular cleaning. Done regularly, it removes not only dues, but also most of the liquid drops that get removed before they dry and adhere very strongly to the screen.

The same soft cloth should be used to clean the rest of the laptop, but only AFTER you clean the screen lest the dust from other parts of the computer scratch the screen.

Clean Between The Keys: Use a soft but long-bristled artist's brush to clean between the keys where a good amount of dust can settle fast. Doing this once a week, or as per the need should be fine. Small vacuum cleaners are available in some speciality stores that can also be used to lift the dust from the keyboard. However, never use a regular vacuum clean because it can rip apart tiny components that might be there in some keyboards.

Cleaning The Laptop With Liquid Agents: As far as possible, you must avoid cleaning your laptop with any liquid agent. That is because even minute drops of liquid the creep through the joints and crevices of the laptop can play havoc with the miniature hardware and electronic circuitry. However, if cleaning becomes essential, remember to do it with a soft cloth soaked in the cleansing liquid so that nothing oozes into the machine through cracks.

Most laptop manuals suggest that only soft soap be used and that NO detergent or thinning liquid be used.  Do adhere to that strictly. Many have ruined their laptops through experimentation. Most of them come, anyway, with exteriors that become clean when wiped by a clean cloth and when dust is lifted off using a small vacuum cleaner. The screen might need some liquid cleaner, but again try a soft cloth soaked in plain distilled water. Do wring it before you clean the screen. Some specialized shops might offer special cleaning fluids. Read the manual that accompanies them before you do anything.

A laptop or a notebook computer has too many parts crammed into a small space. Thus it is better to err on the side of caution than ruin it.

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Comments (19)

Thank goodness for facebook uploads. :) I think you made some people very happy with the cleaning tips. Thanks. Melanie


Thanks! that's good tips for me. I had never bothered to do that before.


I agree thanks

I dont have a laptop so I cant relate fully with ur artcles,but I can relate partly because I have my PC .So I just have to clean it to provide clearer screen and picture .

Good tips. An used dryer sheet works really well for the laptop screens or other screens as well if available. Thanks for sharing. Bobbie Sparks

Thanks for the information. I will follow your instruction to clean my laptop.

I will regularly clean my laptop screen from now on. Thanks for the information.

Thank you for this information. I will use it regularly

Good, useful advice. I will remember to follow the cleaning method discussed,

very very good now my laptop is safe

Thanks a lot. Very useful information.

Heather Ann Witt

I really need to do this. children in my classes have left lots of fingerprints

excellent information. I have used similar procedures to clean my laptops as well as my desktop computers for many years.

thank you very much for these tips that are helpful

The world had produced many computers and laptops that almost every family can boost of one. Some families do have laptops shared to all kids in the family and this amountbto poor conditions of useage and maintenance. With this wonderful article by Dr. Johnson C Philip has opened eyes of many families and students all over the world on how to maintain laptops.

 I tried it and it saved me some money from buying a new laptop and i still maintain the one i already had for 3 years now. Thanks to Dr Philip for his shared ideas and i still rank him no 1.

Good information. Thank you.