How to Clean Your Laptop Perfectly?
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One of the best things about laptops is that they can be used anywhere. One of the worst things about laptops is that they end up on sticky restaurant tables, germ-laden kitchen counters, and infrequently washed bed linens. Needless to say, laptops should be cleaned regularly to keep them germ-free and working at their best.

Clean laptop keyboard

Turn it off

Before you get started, turn off your computer. You don’t want to accidentally hit a hotkey combination that leads to disaster. Unplug it, as well, to reduce the risk of shorting something if any moisture gets inside. And make sure you have everything important backed up in case something goes horribly wrong. (This is, of course, good practise whether you’re cleaning your keyboard or not.)

Get rid of crumbs

How to Clean Your Laptop Perfectly?
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To clear out the biggest crumbs, dust, or other debris that wandered into your keys, turn your laptop upside-down and allow them to fall out. Gently tap the bottom of the chassis to dislodge any stubborn particles. You can also press cleaning slime into the spaces between your keys, which sticks to and picks up debris, as cited by The Verge.

If that doesn’t get everything, give the keyboard a once-over with a vacuum. Make sure that you use a small attachment and the lowest power setting. (The last thing you want is to suck up one of your keycaps.) If you have a small handheld vacuum, even better.

You can also use a can of compressed air. Spray the air in a zigzag pattern so you don’t miss any nooks and crannies, and make sure you hit all sides of each key. If you don’t have compressed air, you can try another device that blows air (such as a blow dryer). Do not spray air directly under the keycaps; it could damage delicate electronics.

If you’ve done all of this and still have some gunk under your keys, you may need to pop the keys off. Whether you can do this will depend on your laptop model. In some cases, it won’t be possible to do without breaking the keys, and you’ll want to speak to a professional. If you need to remove your keycaps, look up your laptop model and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Disinfect and remove smudges.

Next, clean the surface of the keyboard itself to eliminate germs, smudges, and stains. First, wipe everything down with a disinfectant wipe. Avoid any wipes that contain bleach. If you don’t have wipes, a soft cloth with some rubbing alcohol can also work. Wipe the keycaps one at a time, as well as the areas between them, to make sure you get every spot.

How to Clean Your Laptop Perfectly?
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You want to avoid getting any liquid under the keys, so don’t use any cloth that’s dripping wet. If needed, wring your wipes out before you use them. Do not spray water or any cleaning liquids directly on the keyboard.

Next, go over everything with a damp cloth (again: damp, not dripping). Ideally, you’ll want to use a microfiber cloth. If you don’t have one, another cloth is okay. Try to avoid anything abrasive that could scratch the keys, like a paper towel.

Finally, dry the area off with another soft cloth.

Clean laptop LCD screen

Spray your screen with canned air to remove any surface dust.

Make a solution of equal parts white vinegar and distilled water.

Spray the vinegar solution on a soft rag, and gently wipe the screen.

How to Clean Your Laptop Perfectly?

You can keep your screen clean by periodically wiping it with a microfiber cloth designed specifically for computers. These cloths are available at computer and office supply stores. Always check your laptop's manual before using any cleaning products on your LCD screen

Don't forget to clean your external mouse, if you have one. This is the easiest part of your laptop to clean. Simply spray your rag with some of your vinegar solutions and wipe off your mouse. Don't forget to turn your mouse over, and wipe down the bottom, as well.

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