Do you love your laptop? Do you remember the day you walked out of the store with it in hand like it was yesterday? Does your laptop practically your whole life on it, including ebooks, music, personal documents, videos and more?
If you use your laptop for work and play, you’re going to want to take good care of it. If you are careless with your laptop, it might break, causing you to need laptop repair. Even worse, you could do serious damage to your device, and lose all of your data and media for good.
It’s always easier to prevent problems than to deal with them after they occur. Here are some preventative measures you can take to keep your laptop in good shape.
- When you use your laptop, keep it in an open area that has decent air circulation. When you are storing it, keep it in a well circulated space as well.
- Keep any liquids away from your laptop. It’s far too easy to cause a spill, and short circuit your laptop’s internal components.
- Keep food away from your laptop. Crumbs can get stuck in the keyboard that will cause your keys to eventually fail.
- Before you use your laptop, wash your hands.
- Try not to leave stains or dirt on the keys and touchpad.
Keep Your Screen in Tip Top Shape
Handle your LCD screen with care. It is especially easy to damage.
- When you close the lid, do so gently
- Lift and hold your laptop by its base, never by the screen.
- Don’t put pressure on the LCD screen and try not to scratch it.
Be Gentle With Your Laptop
- Try to keep all wires and your laptop core away from your legs and the floor.
- Don’t disconnect the plug by pulling on the power cord.
- When you plug in devices and external connects, use the proper slots. Insert peripherals into their slots carefully, at the correct angle and in the right position.
- Use a protective case when you travel with your laptop.
- Do not disconnect the plug from the power socket by pulling on the power cord.
- Try not to drop your laptop – its internal components are extremely fragile.
Cleaning Your Laptop
Wipe the Screen
- Use a damp sponge to wipe away grime and dirt.
- Clean off surface dust with a microfiber cloth.
- If you encounter a stubborn spot, add a drop of dish soap to the water you are using.
- Start polishing your screen at a top corner and continue in small circles across the top of your screen. Then go in a back and forth motion until you reach the bottom.
- Polish your screen with a circular motion to eliminate streaks.
- When you are done cleaning, rub your screen with a circular motion to get rid of any particles or streaks your cloth or sponge left behind.
Clean the Keyboard
- Grip the sides of your laptop and turn it upside down with your laptop screen open. Shake it gently to get rid of crumbs. Tilt it to one side and another to allow particles under the keys to dislodge.
- If you have already cleaned your screen, it might be smart to wipe it down again after you do this.
- Use a can of compressed air, but tilt your keyboard at an angle to force the dust out of your keyboard.
- To remove dirt from the keycaps, use a pencil eraser. Check out the keys at an angle to get a better look at what has dirt has been built up.
- Clean in between keys with a q-tip. Dirt may have accumulated between the keys too.
- Wipe down your keys with a cloth that is slightly damp. Use a cloth dampened with a mixture of equal parts rubbing alcohol and water.
- After this, wipe the keys again with a dry cloth, removing all moisture.
Shine the Case
- Make a cleaning solution with distilled water and a bit of dish soap.
- Make sure you don’t get any of this mixture on your screen.
- Use a sponge with your cleaning solution. Wring it out until it is almost dry and rub it over the outside surface of your laptop.
- You can use these tools to clean your touchpad as well.
Finish Cleaning the Laptop
- Use qtips to clean debris out of crevices. Dip the qtip in your cleaning solution to get into these tiny areas.
- Dislodge grime with a toothpick. You can use this on vents, ports, or small crevices that are clogged off. Move the toothpick outward to prevent shoving the grime even further up into your laptop.
- Hold the toothpick at an angle to avoid scratching your case.
- Use compressed air to blow particles out of ports. Hold the can at an angle so that it is blowing in and out of the port you want to clear.
- Don’t blow the air directly into vents or ports. This will just loosen the particles and send them inside your laptop where it can damage the parts.
- Use rubbing alcohol for sticky gunk. Use a cotton ball gently dipped in rubbing alcohol and apply this directly on the spot with the sticky residue.
Polish it Up
Finally, polish the surface with a cloth. When your case is clean, use your cloth to wipe the whole case in a circular motion, removing any moisture and streaks cleaning may have left on your case.
When your laptop case is clean, you may see spots of dirt you didn’t see before. Use a qtip dipped in rubbing alcohol to finish off these last areas.