When was the last time you cleaned your computer? We touch them every day and keyboards are wonderful collectors of hair, crumbs, and things we can’t see…germs. If it’s been a while, this handy guide will help you de-smudge and disinfect it.
First you’re going to need the right tools. You may think that cleaners you use every day like Windex and other spray cleaners are ok, but they can harm your electronics and damage the finish. Gather these instead:
- Compressed Air or an electronic duster
- Electronic cleaning brush
- A Screen cleaning kit (like Whoosh)
- Isopropyl Achohol 70% (mixed 1:1 with water)
First things first…Turn your computer off. If you can remove the laptop battery, do so. Start with the keyboard. If it’s been a while you might want to flip it over and very gently shake to remove crumbs. Spray with the compressed air or the electronic duster moving from one side to the other. Be sure to move around the keys to thoroughly clean between and underneath them.While you have the air, hit the ports. They are often overlooked in the cleaning process and can build up with dust. Use the brush to loosen anything stuck under the keys.
If you are comfortable with internals, remove the bottom panel and gently dust the fans with the compressed air. If your keyboard has removable keys, popping them off can give you a deeper clean.
Now that your keyboard is clean, turn your attention to the display. Use either your cleaning kit or alcohol mix to wipe the screen. Don’t spray anything directly onto the screen. Dampen the cloth and gently clean away smudges and fingerprints.
Next clean the touchpad and palm rests. If your cloth is dirty, dampen a clean cloth again with either the screen cleaner or alcohol solution. Wipe in a circular motion. If you are looking to disinfect, wipe the keycaps with the alcohol solution as well.
Once the inside of the laptop is clean, close it and use the cloth and solution to clean the outside. Dampen the cloth as necessary until all surfaces are clean.
You are ready to get back to work on your squeaky clean machine!