Do you remember the last time you clean your laptop? Yeah, we thought so! Laptops are dust and grime magnets, so here are the things to remember before cleaning your laptop screen and keyboard safely! It doesn’t matter what’s the make or model, it doesn’t take long for a laptop to start looking bad because of a smudged screen and a dirty keyboard. It can impair your laptop’s function due to the buildup of dirt and grime, particularly on the screen and the keys.

1. Things you need:

  • Soft, lint-free cloths (you can use microfiber cloths too)

  • Mild dish detergent

  • Compressed air (in can)

  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol

2. Preparations

  • Make sure the computer is off. It should be unplugged and battery removed.

  • Cleaning solution: 1:1 of water and alcohol.

  • Do not spray directly on the laptop, the mixture should go on the cloth first.

3. Cleaning the screen

  • DO NOT USE regular glass cleaners as most of the products out there contain ammonia that can damage the screen.

  • Mix a couple drops of mild dish detergent and a couple cups of water together. Start from the lid and bottom panel working your way to the middle of the screen. Use gentle circular motions or wipe the screen from left to right, top to bottom.

  • To avoid water streaks, wiped down with a dry cloth.

  • Invest in a screen-cleaning kit for dirtier screens.

  • Do these steps and your laptop screen will be Krystal Clear!

4. Cleaning the Keyboard and Touch pad

  • Use a can of compressed air to remove dirt, loosen the crumbs and everything else that may be stuck in the keys.

  • Dab a lint-free cloth in mixture of isopropyl and water and gently rub your keys.

5. Cleaning the Ports and Cooling Vents

  • Use the can of compressed air to blast all dirt from the ports and cooling vents. Make sure you spray from an angle where the debris is blown away from the computer rather than into it.

  • Place a cotton swap/toothpick to hold the fan in place when spraying to prevent the fans from over spinning as you’re blowing the air (which can damage the fans).