Alltech IT Solutions Blog

Tip of the Week: Properly Cleaning Your Laptop

Tip of the Week: Properly Cleaning Your Laptop

When you consider all that the typical workstation has to endure (potentially grubby hands poking at it all day, crumbs, sneezes, you get the idea), there is little wonder that our devices can get so dirty. Here, we’ll be discussing how to properly clean your device.

For the purposes of this blog, we’ll be more directly focusing on the proper technique for cleaning a laptop device. While similar, there are a few key differences between the form factors.

A few words of warning before we begin: because we are specifically dealing with laptops, there are some processes we don’t recommend that would likely void the manufacturer’s warranty on your device. We actually recommend against taking apart the device, for instance, as it won’t be prone to interior messes like a desktop form factor would be, and you could easily cause serious problems by doing so. Plus, it takes a really long time.

It is also important to remember that almost all benefits that come from cleaning a laptop will be purely cosmetic, and if performance is an issue, you should turn to Alltech IT Solutions for assistance.

Step One: Kill Power

We hope that this step goes without saying, but before you begin you need to turn off your device and unplug it. While the idea will be to use as little liquid as possible in later steps, it is better to make sure that your chance of an electric shock is minimized. Otherwise, you could find yourself in the hospital and/or in the market for a new laptop anyway.

Once your device is fully powered down and the power cable has been removed, you are okay to proceed.

Step Two: Cleaning The Device

Of course, different parts of the device will require different methods to safely clean them:

The Case

Properly cleaning the case of your device of the smudges that it accumulates over time and use is a delicate process. It is best to take a microfiber cloth and very lightly dampen it in a 5-to-1 combination of water to diluted soap. Once you have fully wrung out the cloth, wipe down the exterior of your device. As for the openings in your laptop case, liberally use compressed air to clear them of debris.

You will want to be particularly careful with the specific components of your laptop as well.

The Screen

It’s pretty tricky to use a laptop without a display, so you need to be especially careful to avoid as much moisture as possible. Therefore, you should only clean your screen with a dry microfiber cloth, or a specialized wipe intended for the job.

The Keyboard

You certainly don’t want any water entering the keys of your device, so we will avoid using it at all. First, clear out as much debris as possible by (carefully) shaking it out, or by again turning to your trusty can of compressed air. To rid the keyboard of oils, gently clean them off with a dry cloth (maybe dampening it with a little rubbing alcohol, as it dries faster). Afterwards, you can polish the spaces between the keys with a Q-tip.

Properly caring for your device may not do much to improve its actual function, but it may just help inspire you to take care of its interiors. Things like avoiding risky websites while browsing and restarting every so often can really benefit your workstation’s overall health.

Of course, we’ll also be here when it comes time to replace your device with a better-working model that more effectively meets your business’ needs. For more tips on how to maintain your technology (or any other IT questions you may have), give Alltech IT Solutions a call at 954-628-3770 and subscribe to our blog!

Today’s Technology Trends for SMBs
Why Social Engineering Needs to Be on Your Radar


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Wednesday, July 15 2020

Captcha Image

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Cabling Cybersecurity User Tips Remote Microsoft Office 365 Botnet Virtual Private Network Movies Apple Printer Data Management Eliminating Downtime Smart Technology Plug-In IT Server Management Hosted Solution Malware IT Services PCI DSS Remote Workers Phone System Backup and Disaster Recovery Managed Services Provider Security Cameras Threats Thank You Telephony Virtual Reality Multi-Factor Security Blockchain Office WiFi Cortana Wearables Vendor Hackers National Security WannaCry Tablet Hosted Solutions Smartphones PowerPoint Backup Employer-Employee Relationship Big Data DDoS Outsourced IT Mobile Vulnerability Apps Data Security Politics Email Management Remote Computing WhatsApp Innovation Copy Word Social Network Safety Users Remote Support Error Bring Your Own Device Inventory Budget Customer Relationship Management Workers Network Remote Monitoring and Management Video Games Shortcut Machine Learning Lead Generation Cleaning Value Holiday Microsoft Money Files File Management Managed Service Provider Trends Profitability Analytics Net Neutrality Information Technology Telephone Systems Fleet Management Tech Terms Credit Cards Voice over IP Webcam Passwords Spyware Tip of the week Sales Excel Managed IT Services Wireless Charging Computer Server Cloud Computing Applications A.I. Hybrid Cloud Synergy Automation Communications Password Customer Service Instagram Data Backup Employee-Employer Relationship Online Shopping Law Enforcement Security Printer Server Scheduling Health Access Human Resources GDPR Comparison Analysis Remote Control Staff Cables Business Computing Telecommute Chrome OS Microsoft Office Batteries Automobile Managed IT Services Covid-19 Healthcare Benchmarks Upgrade Windows 10 Going Green Knowledge Spam Android Insurance Worker Gadget Remote Working Downloads e-waste The Internet of Things instant Messaging Paste Social Media Mobile Devices Payment Cards Mobile Security Multi-Factor Authentication Business Technology Wi-Fi Business Intelligence Spam Blocking Operating System Content Filtering Data loss Computer Care Mobile Device Hosted Desktop Miscellaneous Remote Work Video Tech Term Printers Dongle Solid State Drive Paper Router Paperless Office Update Taskbar Business Proactive IT Threat Windows 10 Networking Amazon Authentication Network Attached Storage IT budget Millennials Quick Tips HaaS Processors Memes Specifications Google Hacker HIPAA Yahoo Google Drive Authorization Licensing Mobility OneNote Outlook Co-Managed IT Current Events Hard Drives Humor Help Desk Software Bitcoin Vulnerabilities Display Microsoft Teams Regulations Compliance Data Recovery VoIP Collaboration Voice over Internet Protocol VPN Unified Threat Management Virtual Assistant Tactics Marketing Laptop Browser CrashOverride BDR Employer Employee Relationship Managed IT Service Twitter Windows Live Streaming Ransomware Network Security Project Management Hacking Cybercrime Dark Data Vendor Management Settings Edge Hard Drive Entertainment Computers RAM Distribution Printing Two-factor Authentication Touchscreen Windows Server 2008 R2 Ink Meetings Profiles Gaming Console Communication Connectivity Internet of Things Training Reporting Spotify User Security User Tip Leadership Digital Chrome Travel Updates Facebook SSD Access Control Electronic Health Records Wireless Cryptocurrency Search Emergency Data Breach Samsung Dark Web Office 365 Smartphone Physical Security Data Protection Compliance Antivirus Work/Life Balance Payment Certification Phishing Mobile Device Management Environment eCommerce Recycling Information Managed Service Cost Management Managed IT Internet Explorer Document Management Internet Telephone System IT Support Scams Data Websites Regulation Risk Management Emoji Alert Wireless Internet Troubleshooting Battery Firewall Scalability G Suite Alerts HP App Holidays SaaS Virus Windows 7 Conferencing Education Medical IT Email IT Management Managing Stress Save Money Mobile Office Business Continuity Time Management Website Tip of the Week Small Business Gadgets Recovery How To Staffing Business Management Processor Financial Patch Management Gmail Scam Avoiding Downtime Personal Information Technology Tips E-Commerce Biometrics Bandwidth Tech Support Hardware Technology Retail Saving Money IT Support Employees Remote Monitoring Efficiency Disaster Recovery Office Tips Database eWaste Privacy Sports IaaS Management Government Congratulations Freedom of Information Encryption VoIp Virtualization Google Maps disposal Windows XP Television Company Culture Best Practices Streaming Media Storage Unified Communications Hard Disk Drive Artificial Intelligence Workplace Tips File Sharing Hiring/Firing iPhone Productivity Maintenance News Cloud Productivity Telecommuting BYOD Autocorrect Shadow IT