Like you and many others around the world, I use my laptop on a daily basis. I use it for Uni, Youtube, and streaming content 24/7. Since I bought it 4 years ago (yes, I know I need to upgrade) its been near me ever since.
Currently, I have my Pixel XL smartphone, my Nexus 9 (hardly ever use), and my laptop. These are great and useful tools (except the tablet), and the more I use them the grimy they become. Especially my phone and my laptop because I constantly touch the screen, even though my laptop isn’t touchscreen. Fingerprints pile up and eventually, grease and other particles land on them. If you have kids I can understand it might be quite worse!
Luckily for you, it doesn’t have to be this way. With the right equipment and some elbow grease, you’ll be on your way to a fingerprint free device! For me I despise smudges, fingerprints and dust particles on my smartphone it’s so irritating to look at. I do however clean my phone on a regular basis, but when I clean properly I have a process. Normally it goes dust down, wipe, clean and wipes again.
Some tools you may need:
- Compressed air duster
- Sticky tape/scotch tape
- Microfibre cloth
- Disinfecting wipes/antibacterial wipes
- Monitor wipes
Before getting started to make sure that you have turned off your laptop and any other devices you will be treating. I tend to dust my devices with some compressed air (very lightly, and gently) and a microfibre cloth.
Before anything I dust off my device, when doing this I make sure that I clean out the camera, get into any of the cracks and vents. This is to make sure that there isn’t anything interfering with my device. This helps during the cleaning process, as I would be smearing around dust and dirt that might have built up over time.
Dusting in between your keyboard and speakers etc. allows you to remove the dead skins and other debris which might not be visible at first. Feel free to turn your laptop upside down to make sure any other debris falls out of the cracks and holes. Remember to dust your IO ports too as these collate dust very quickly.
Giving your devices a good wiping ensures that any bacteria or other residues are killed and removed from your device. I would use antibacterial wipes/monitor wipes for my laptop so that I can catch any little dust particles which might have been left behind also. Make sure to wipe the keys individually, for maximum cleanliness.
The third step includes re-cleaning the device, this includes using the microfibre cloth again, to clean the residue left behind from the from the antibacterial wipes. I use water with my micro fibre cloth to clean the device in addition to the antibacterial wipes to prevent streaking. Just enough dampness to moisten the cloth, but keeping most of the towel to wipe up excess water.
Finally, scotch tape is great for removing any dust which might have got stuck and hasn’t been removed previously. Folding paper towels to create a sharp corner to get into any tight cracks or crevices. This is great for pulling out any gunk that was left from other of the methods above.
I have created an Amazon list with all the equipment you might need tp get you started. If you have any other methods or routines which you use, please feel free to comment them down below.
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