Tips for Cleaning your Notebook

Cleaning a notebook is critical to good equipment maintenance, as dust accumulation can scratch components or block air vents, causing serious damage from overheating.


Apart from this risk, cleaning a laptop computer is a simple matter of hygiene. Who smokes near the notebook or drinks that coffee sometimes perceives the yellow keys. Whoever has a pet also comes across some nice naughtiness between the keys. None of this filth is pleasant.

Cleaning a notebook requires patience and care. The components are smaller and therefore more delicate. The first tip you can follow is to read the instruction manual of your computer. It is certain that in it you will find the least instruction in this sense. However, of course, you will not have a detailed guide.

What to use

To clean a notebook, you can use a soft, lint-free cloth, cotton swab, fine brush with soft bristles, water, and a can of compressed air. There are also mini-pumps that you find on shopping sites and specialty stores.

What not to use

Do not use cleaners such as multipurpose or any abrasive. Do not use hard, lint-free cloths. If you use special wipers, do not apply them directly to the notebook. Apply them on a cloth first.

Do the cleaning

Disconnect the notebook from the wall outlet and preferably remove the battery. Let’s split your computer into four parts: external area, inputs and outputs, screen and keyboard.

External area

Use a cloth lightly moistened with water. Remember that you should prevent water from flowing so as not to reach internal components, so do not overdo it. Make light movements.

When cleaning the back of the screen, be careful not to press because the LCD is also sensitive in that part. Use another dry cloth to remove any excess. Do this also with light strokes. The touchpad can also be cleaned with the same cloth moistened.

Inputs of components and outputs of air

The component entrances are quite small, and so, you may often need a cotton swab and a brush, gently rubbing to remove the dirt. But attention: the swab must be used only in the outer edges. If you use it inside the contacts, there is the risk of screwing and releasing lint. Compressed air is also good for cleaning these hard to reach places. Always use it in an upright position, direct the air and always use short jets. Use a flashlight to improve dirt identification.

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