How to Clean Your Computer

Spring Clean Your Computer on the Outside

You've cleaned the inside of your computer in honor of Spring, now it's time to clean up the outside. Keyboards attract grime, monitors attract dust, and toting and using a laptop can make it dirty, fast. Here, a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind while cleaning your computer:

  • Do make sure your computer is turned off before you attempt to clean it.
  • Don't use typical household cleaners for your computer's delicate screen. Ingredients like acetone, ammonia, and alcohol will break down a LCD screen.
  • Do use a microfiber cloth, especially for the screen. Use light and rapid circular movements to clean without streaking.
  • Don't use paper towels, even on your computer's exterior; the roughness can cause scratching.
  • Do use compressed air, Q-tips, and a very small amount of cleaner to clean keyboards. Don't put them in the dishwasher. Yes, there are plenty of stories of dishwasher success, but usually only after a few days of drying. There's really no reason to subject your keyboard to that kind of force unless the manufacturer recommends it.
  • Do seek out cleaners made specifically for electronics, but don't spend outrageous amounts of money on them. A mixture of white vinegar and distilled water will work fine, too.
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