Knowing how to clean a laptop properly is something every laptop owner should know. No matter how sophisticated or how expensive your laptop is, one day, it will get dirty and covered in dust. If you think cleaning your laptop is not important, you should think again. Dust may sound and look harmless. But when it is accumulated and clogging your vent, your laptop will be overheated and get damaged sooner or later.

If you want to clean your laptop, you need to do it carefully. Remember that laptop contains o electronic component that must be treated right. To help your cleaning quest, here are the step by step instructions to clean your laptop in the right way.

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How to Clean a Laptop Safely and What Stuff You Need to Prepare

  • Step 1

First of all, you need to prepare some special cleaning kit. You will need soft and clean microfiber cloth, isopropyl alcohol, soap or mild detergent solution, special monitor cleaner solution cotton swab, and one compressed air can.

  • Step 2

After the cleaning kit is prepared, turn of your laptop, unplug and remove the battery if possible. This is a precaution to prevent electrical shock during the cleaning process.

  • Step 3

If you want to make sure you do the job properly, you can remove the keys. But if you afraid you will damage the keyboard, it is okay to clean while the keys are attached. Use the compressed air can to clean the keyboard as well as the gaps between the keys. Keep spraying until the dusts are cleared. You can use cotton swab and the alcohol too for cleaner result.

  • Step 4

If you unattached the keys, put them in a bowl of soap and water solution until the dirt is gone. Dry properly before reattaching them.

  • Step 5

Using the compressed air can, spray the ports and the vents until clean. Continue cleaning the ports using dry cotton swab.

  • Step 6

Make isopropyl alcohol and water solution. Dip a clean cloth in the solution and wipe the laptop’s surface. Don’t make the cloth too wet or dip too deep so that no drips of water will fall to the laptop.

  • Step 7

Spray the monitor cleaner solution to the clean microfiber cloth and wipe the monitor gently. Check the cloth regularly. When you find the cloth is covered with dust, change into new one or shake it until the dust is gone. Then, repeat the process.

Make sure you give extra treatment to the vent. Keep blowing the dust in the vent using the compressed can until all the dust is gone. After that, make sure you use your laptop in clean and hard surface to prevent too much dust covering your vent. Don’t use the lap on your lap, pillow, blanket or other soft surface since dust will enter the vent easier and make your laptop overheats.

Even though you now know how to clean a laptop properly, make sure you always keep it clean and treat it right so your laptop can perform better.