Laptops and computers have become a major part of our daily lives and a large proportion of us spend long hours on them whether it’s for work or entertainment. However, that means that we have the responsibility of looking after them just as much as we rely on them for doing work. A 2015 study on technology ownership in the US showed that 73% of U.S. adults own a desktop or laptop computer and this is the US alone with the main age group being adults. The average desktop is known to be a lot dirtier than the toilet seat, whether it’s having sticky keys or keys being extra oily from how much you touch them, or crumbs all over the place. The keyboard is usually very messy for most of us.
Cleaning your laptop or computer could be a weekly thing especially if a lot of dust or dirt builds up quite frequently, it all depends on what environment you’re usually in. However, the recommended time you should do a deep clean of your electronic is every 3-6 months. Obviously, the main factors determining how often you should clean it is how long you use your laptop on a weekly basis or how messy of a person you are! Those who tend to eat around their laptop/whilst on their laptop will find themselves having to clean it on a more frequent basis. It is important to note the more often you clean it, the better for the overall performance of your electronic. Dust build up can cause your laptop to overheat more regularly which prevents it from cooling down properly and the other issues pile on. In order to have a healthy and well performing laptop it’s could to do so.
- The best way to sanitize/ clean your computer is to make sure you wash your hands regularly, especially after eating or going to the toilet. You would expect everyone to have got a hang of this when they were younger but some really haven’t. Failing to wash your hands is the quickest way to transport bacteria back onto your electronics and become a breeding ground of other bacteria, except this time its own your laptop!
- Try your hardest to eat away from your desktop. 67% of office people are known to eat at their desks. It’s so difficult to get rid of crumbs especially if they fall underneath the keys and they will stay there for a very long time. You don’t have to sit away from it necessarily but try to eat to the side and resume your work after you finish cleaning up after you eat. If you work from home and have children do not let them touch your keyboard as children are known for their sticky and dirty fingers!
- However, for the proper sanitation you should follow this method.
- Firstly, blow off all the gunk off of the surface of the laptop with compressed air this will allow all the debris to fall right off. You should hold and spray the keyboard at a 75-degree angle and spray in a zig zag pattern to make sure you get all parts of the laptop.
- Then, carefully use a disinfectant wipe or rubbing alcohol Dell and Microsoftrecommend a ready commercial cleaning solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol. Anyway of using water isn’t the best option though, and at most avoid using tap water, as it can leave traces of mineral spots.
- It’s best if you can remove the keys when doing this however, you still can if you can’t take them off. You’ll need a damp disinfectant wipe (try to avoid using bleach this can damage to the hardware). Wipe all the surfaces from the screen down to the keys and allow it to dry before resuming to work on it or plug it in. If too much liquid has been used you can turn the laptop and let it drip out.2
- You can then vacuum anything else left on the surface.
DO NOT DO!
Make sure when cleaning to not do the following:
- Do not submerge your keys into water.
- Do not pull off keys forcefully off, this can break them or cause damage. Can be expensive to fix afterwards and it’s annoying to type without keys.
- Do not use bleach when cleaning.
- Never spray liquid onto your electronic as by doing so can cause water damage and you may need to get a new laptop.