Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Laptop Cleaning Steps

I know many of us who owns a laptop will eventually have to clean it, either wipe it or send it to servicing,
eventually we have to clean it.
Wipe the screen, clean the keyboard or remove the dust at the fans, eventually...

So anyways I was looking around and I found a few steps which are relatively safe for everyone
but still do it at your own risk.

I got these info from About.com and from computercleaningguide.com

*Do read the User Manual for all info. 

Cleaning tools
  • A piece of lint or cotton cloth. 
  • A toothbrush, (I never thought of using this before)
  • Can of compressed air. Handle with care.
  • Those small computer vacuum cleaners. 
  • Use a soft damp cloth such as an old cotton t-shirt to clean the casing.
  • Do not use a scratchy or abrasive cleaning cloth.
  • Don't use harsh cleaning products.
  • Never spray any cleaning solution directly onto the casing, spray onto a cloth first.

1. Turn off your laptop. Give it a minute or so to totally power down and then unplug it.

2. Clean your screen. LCD screens are fragile. Do check your manufacturer’s recommendation for the best way to clean yours. However, in most cases, all you need do is wipe it with a damp cloth, making sure to wring out all excess moisture. Most importantly, unless you manufacturer recommends differently, don’t use alcohol or ammonia based cleaners.
*Don't use wet tissues to wipe, personal experience have showed that it leaves stains on the screen which is pretty tough to remove.
**Be gentle as the screen is fairly thin. Don't press down on it.
***Never spray directly on the screen. Well technically never spray directly on anything.

3. Wipe down the keyboard. Remove crumbs and debris using your toothbrush (or compressed air or vacuum). Wipe again.
*I know certain websites that suggest removing the keys on the keyboard, do not follow unless you are experienced.
**If you do try, don't remove the bigger keys such a Spacebar, Enter, Shirt, Tab, Backspace as they are very fragile.

4. Remove dust and debris from vents with the toothbrush. The propellant in compressed air may contain moisture. Some manufacturers suggest that computer vacuums may damage electronic components. Remember always to check your manufacturer’s recommendations.

5.Use a can of compressed air to clean the cooling vents. Be careful with the compressed air that you don't spray too hard and get liquid on the fan blades. Use cotton swabs to hold fans in place while you clean them. Spraying directly on the fan and making them spin could cause them to over spin. *Caution*

Tip: Always use a lint free cloth to clean your computer. Instead of picking up debris, paper toweling can scratch your screen and leave paper lint on your machine.
Tip: Never spray any cleaner directly onto your computer. Always wet the cloth with the cleaner whether using water, a homemade solution, or a commercial preparation.

** Reader Tip**
From John: "Just an FYI, IBM laptops have a drain built into the sealed keyboard tray. They recommend pouring water in the keyboard to further drain any sticky liquids (coffee, soda, etc) and just letting it air-dry."

Plan to set time aside to clean your laptop computer so that you will not be rushed and can do a thorough job. Rushing through cleaning your laptop computer will lead to problems and potential for damage to your laptop computer.

Yep, so that's what I wanted to share for now.
Be careful when doing it.
Thank you~