We hear a lot about the health of a laptop or PC, but usually, we are talking about its system software and files, not the device itself. But as any self-help book would remind you, there is no healthy mind without a healthy body. This essential cleaning guide focuses on the physical aspect of your computer (desktop or laptop). So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn more about this.
1. Cleaning your laptop
Simply put, PCs, like all electronic devices, collect dust. With dust comes heat, which affects the performance of your PC. Don’t forget: your PC needs air. Maybe only cleaning the outside of your computer is important to you (it’s better than nothing), but here we give you tips on how to clean your machine inside and out. While it may be tempting to start by cleaning the computer case, we recommend you start with the inside.
2. Cleaning the inside of your laptop
Before you begin this journey into the heart of your laptop, you should know that it is best to leave a more thorough interior cleaning to the professionals. After all, mishandling the components could damage your device. However, if you still want to get started, here are some basics. To clean the inside of your computer, you need two things: 1) a can of compressed air and 2) a screwdriver or two. Unlike desktops, many laptops (including Apple’s) have tiny five-sided screws, called fives.
Their name sounds scary, but there’s nothing special about them except that they require a special screwdriver. This is probably what allows many Mac repair shops to offer year-end bonuses to their employees. Other laptops don’t use screws. They have convenient levers that you just press to remove the back panel. Please note that this is a general guide. Computers vary from model to model, so it’s best to check your computer’s specifications.
Anyway, once you’ve found the right screwdriver (if needed) and some compressed air, you can get to work. First of all, make sure to turn off and unplug your laptop before you start cleaning. Otherwise, your hardware could be seriously damaged. Remove the back panel and blow air into the various ports and slots of the laptop using the plastic straw attached to the spray can. Hold the fan in place with your finger before blowing on it so that it doesn’t spin too fast and damage the mechanism.
3. Clean your keyboard
Once the case is back on your laptop, you can clean the exterior. Gently wipe a soft, non-abrasive, lint-free microfiber cloth lightly moistened with water or isopropyl alcohol (it dries quickly) over the computer’s bottom and top (back of the screen). The inside of your laptop can collect a lot of dust, but not as much as your keyboard, which is usually the dirtiest part.
We’ll spare you all the stuff that can get on it, but if you’ve got plenty of ideas, you’re probably on the right track. Tilt your computer upside down to knock out the loose particles. You can even shake it slightly, then spray compressed air on the keyboard. Dampen your microfiber cloth and wipe it gently over the keyboard. You can use a cotton swab lightly moistened with water or alcohol for stubborn substances and the space between the keys. Yes, you can also clean the trackpad with a soaked microfiber cloth.
4. Cleaning your computer screen
Your screen is also very easy to clean. First, remove the dust from the screen with a dry microfiber cloth. Then use a screen cleaning solution different from the surface cleaning solution for the rest of the computer. These sprays sometimes come with a microfiber cloth. Make sure the spray is specifically designed for laptop screens and does not contain acetone.
Also, make sure you never spray the solution on the screen. Instead, dampen the cloth as you did when cleaning the keyboard and gently wipe the screen. If the solution drips onto your device, the fabric is too wet. If you don’t have an official screen cleaner, you can mix water and isopropyl alcohol. This should be sufficient.
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