CLEAN YOUR LAPTOP

No matter the make or model, it doesn’t take long for a laptop to start looking tired, from a smudged screen and a filthy keyboard to dirty, dusty vents and ports. Are the keys on your laptop starting to stick? Is your new laptop starting to look like something you found in the trash? Here are some steps that you can take to clean it up yourself.

CLEAN YOUR LAPTOPCLEAN EXTERNALLY

USING CAN OF COMPRESSED AIR

First, take the laptop somewhere you don’t mind getting dusty. You probably don’t want to blow dust all over your desk or bed. Get a can of compressed air, point it at the laptop’s cooling vents, and give them a few short bursts of air. With any luck, the jets of air will knock some of the dust loose and it will escape the laptop’s vents. You won’t get all the dust out of the laptop, but at least it will stop plugging up the vents, fans, and whatever else it’s stuck to.

DAMP CLOTH OR ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL

Cleaning the laptop touchpad can help improve the look of the laptop, and it also may help to improve the responsiveness of the touchpad. To clean the touchpad surface, use a damp cloth. Follow it with a dry cloth. You could also use isopropyl alcohol the same way. All you need to do is dampen the cloth with isopropyl alcohol and wipe the entire laptop including the screen, back, side vents and touch pad mouse.

CLEAN INTERNALLY

Most laptops, especially newer ones, aren’t designed to be opened by their users. Your laptop may have a bottom panel (or several bottom panels) you can unscrew to access the internals. Check your laptop’s manual, or look up a special “service manual” for your specific model of laptop online. Power down the laptop, remove the battery, and unscrew the panel to get at the laptop’s insides. Use a can of compressed air to blow out the internals of your laptop. Ensure you’re blowing the dust out of the laptop’s case, not just moving it around inside. When you’re done, you can screw the panel back on, plug in the battery, and power the laptop back on. It’ll run cooler, and its fans should spin up less often.

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