Considering how much time you spend on your laptop, chances are you don’t give it a proper cleaning as often as you should. And that’s a problem because a dirty laptop can lead to illness, cause your laptop to overheat, or create sticky keys.
Fortunately, cleaning your laptop is a fairly simple task, although you want to be careful to do it safely. You’ll need canned air, rubbing alcohol, microfiber cloths, cotton swabs, and possibly a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Shut down and unplug your laptop, removing the battery if you can, then remove the dust by blowing short bursts of air into the keyboard, vents, and USB ports. Do not stick the compressed air stick into your vents, though. Clean the exterior by pouring the alcohol on your microfiber cloth and ringing it out, then use it to rub surfaces other than the screen. You can use the cloth, cotton swab, and canned air to clean your keyboard. Before cleaning your screen, allow it to reach room temperature, then use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to wipe it in horizontal or vertical swipes. Looking for more tips? You’ll find all the cleaning cues you need in this infographic.