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How to Safely Clean Your Laptop or Computer

Although smart phones are king now, many people still spend a lot of time on their laptop or computer. And just like any other tool used frequently, it can start to accumulate dust and grime. Cleaning your device is important, but it’s key to do it in such a way that doesn’t cause any damage. Here’s some steps to do exactly that:

1. Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

First you should make sure you have the right tools for the job. You’ll need a soft microfiber cloth, compressed air, a small brush, and some isopropyl alcohol. Here’s where you can learn more about these supplies.

2. Power Down and Unplug

First things first, shut down your laptop or computer and unplug it from any power source for safety reasons.

3. Exterior Cleaning

Start with the exterior. Gently wipe down the screen, keyboard, and the entire surface of your device with the microfiber cloth. For those hard-to-reach spots between the keys, use the compressed air to blow away debris. Don’t skip the ports and connectors.

4. Dealing with Stubborn Grime

For any stubborn residue or fingerprints, dampen a corner of your cloth with a bit of the alcohol. Don’t drench the cloth – just a slight dampness will do. This will help remove sticky residue without harming the surface.

5. Tackling Internal Dust

Over time, dust can accumulate inside your computer, affecting performance and causing overheating. If you’re looking to do a deep clean, carefully open up the device according to the user manual. Use the compressed air and small brush to gently remove dust from fans, vents, and other components.

6. Cleaning the Screen

For your screen, use the microfiber cloth to gently wipe away dust and smudges. If there are persistent marks, you can lightly dampen the cloth with a mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol (50/50 ratio). Don’t spray liquid directly on the screen.

Of course, cleaning alone can’t prevent every issue. If you’re having a problem with your laptop or desktop, Computer Repair Plus is the place to call. Whether it’s a hardware problem, software glitch, or just a good old-fashioned cleaning, our experts are here to help. Give us a call today at (210) 787-3607 to learn more about how we can get your devices back up and running smoothly!

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