Try These Hacks To Externally Clean Your Laptop And Avoid Damaging Your Device

Check out the tips below to clean your device the correct way, without causing any damage.

Learning the correct way to clean your laptop is an essential skill that requires a certain degree of finesse because it is a delicate piece of hardware you are dealing with, and it can very easily get broken or knocked out of place.

While you cannot take a vacuum cleaner and a broom to the interiors of your laptop for cleaning, there are other effective ways of removing dirt and grime, particularly from off the keys and the screen. Check out the tips below to clean your device the correct way, without causing any damage.

How to clean the display screen

To clean the display screen of your laptop, grab a microfiber towel and cleaning products that are computer-safe. Spray the cleaning solution on the microfiber cloth and do not apply it directly to the screen. Begin wiping in a circular motion from the monitor’s center and be gentle on the display. Continue wiping until the screen is free of residual dust or dirt.

Tips to clean the laptop fan

Power down and unplug your laptop from the outlet. Use a screwdriver to open the bottom panel of the device. If you are unfamiliar with the procedure, refer to the manual of your laptop. Hold the fan still with one finger while cleaning it. Use a clean microfiber towel or cloth to wipe the fan, and remember to use the clean edge of the towel continually to prevent lumps of dust from entering the fan.

How to clean the keyboard

Shake off the loose dust particles from your laptop’s keyboard. Keep your screen open and hold your device firmly, turn it upside down and shake it gently to dislodge larger particles of dust and crumbs. If you own a handheld small vacuum cleaner, use it to suck out the debris from your keyboard. Remove grime from the keycaps using a pencil eraser and rub gently to clean this build-up.

Tips to clean the case

Use distilled or purified water and add half a teaspoon of a gentle liquid dish soap to prepare a cleansing solution. For your laptop’s case, avoid using harsh chemicals or regular household cleaners containing ammonia or bleach. Grab a clean and dry sponge, dab it in the cleansing solution that you have prepared, and rinse the excess solution. Make sure the sponge is not dripping, and gently rub it over the external surface of your device.

Be careful when cleaning your laptop, and always remember to shut down your device and unplug it before you begin cleaning.


Satavisha hails from the city of joy, Kolkata. She took up writing as my profession amid the pandemic when the world was at a standstill. Here, she acquired a balance between her passion for writing and sharing various ideas and facts through her stories.
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