How to clean a laptop (keys; screen)

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How to Clean a Laptop (Keys; Screen)

Cleaning your laptop regularly is essential to keep it looking and functioning at its best. Dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate on the keyboard and screen over time, affecting the performance and overall appearance of your device. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of effectively cleaning your laptop’s keys and screen, ensuring a pristine and hygienic device.

Materials Needed

Before delving into the cleaning process, gather the following materials:

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Isopropyl alcohol (70% concentration or higher)
  • Distilled water
  • Cotton swabs
  • Compressed air canister (optional)
  • Soft-bristle brush (such as a clean makeup brush)

Cleaning the Keyboard

  1. Power Off and Disconnect: Before cleaning any part of your laptop, make sure to shut it down completely and disconnect it from any power source.

  2. Turn the Laptop Upside Down: Gently flip your laptop upside down to remove any loose debris, crumbs, or dust that may have accumulated between the keys. Tap the bottom of the laptop to dislodge any stubborn particles, ensuring they fall out.

  3. Use Compressed Air (optional): If there is still debris stuck between the keys, you can use a canister of compressed air to blow it out. Hold the canister upright and spray short bursts of air between the keys. This will help dislodge any remaining dirt or dust.

  4. Prepare a Cleaning Solution: In a small bowl, mix equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. This solution will effectively clean the keys without causing damage.

  5. Dampen the Cloth or Swab: Moisten a microfiber cloth or a cotton swab with the cleaning solution. Ensure it is not dripping wet, as excess liquid can seep into the keyboard and cause harm.

  6. Clean the Keys: Gently wipe each key with the damp cloth or swab. Pay close attention to areas where dirt or grime may have accumulated, such as the spaces between keys and around the edges. For stubborn stains or sticky residues, use a cotton swab dipped in the cleaning solution to gently scrub the affected area.

  7. Dry the Keys: After cleaning, use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe away any excess moisture. Allow the keys to air dry for a few minutes before using your laptop again.

Cleaning the Screen

  1. Power Off and Disconnect: As with cleaning the keyboard, always turn off your laptop and unplug it from any power source before cleaning the screen.

  2. Remove Dust and Debris: Use a soft-bristle brush or a clean makeup brush to gently sweep away any dust or loose particles from the screen. Start from the top and work your way down, ensuring you cover the entire surface.

  3. Prepare the Cleaning Solution: In a spray bottle, mix equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. Alternatively, you can use pre-moistened electronic screen cleaning wipes.

  4. Spray the Solution (or Use Wipes): Lightly spray the cleaning solution onto a microfiber cloth or directly onto the screen. Avoid applying excessive liquid, as it may damage the display. If using wipes, follow the instructions provided.

  5. Gently Wipe the Screen: Using the damp microfiber cloth, gently wipe the screen in a circular motion, starting from the center and working your way outwards. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, as this can damage the screen. Pay extra attention to any smudges or fingerprints, ensuring they are completely removed.

  6. Dry the Screen: Once you have cleaned the screen, use a dry microfiber cloth to remove any remaining moisture. Check for streaks or smudges and repeat the cleaning process if necessary.

Additional Tips for Laptop Maintenance

  • Avoid using harsh chemicals, abrasive materials, or excessive moisture when cleaning your laptop. These can cause damage to the keys, screen, or other components.

  • Regularly clean the touchpad or mouse button areas using a soft cloth or cotton swab dipped in the cleaning solution. Be gentle to prevent any accidental damage.

  • Consider using a keyboard cover or skin to protect your laptop’s keys from dirt and spills. These accessories are removable and can be easily cleaned.

  • Always refer to your laptop’s manufacturer guidelines for specific cleaning instructions or any precautions to be aware of.

By following these steps and maintaining a regular cleaning routine, you can ensure that your laptop remains in optimal condition, both in terms of performance and aesthetics. A clean laptop not only looks better but also promotes a healthier and more efficient user experience.


Q: Why is it important to clean my laptop regularly?

A: Regular cleaning helps maintain the appearance and performance of your laptop by removing dust, dirt, and grime that can accumulate over time.

Q: What materials do I need to clean my laptop’s keys and screen?

A: To clean the keys, you will need a microfiber cloth, isopropyl alcohol, distilled water, cotton swabs, compressed air canister (optional), and a soft-bristle brush. For the screen, you will need a microfiber cloth and a cleaning solution specifically designed for screens.

Q: Can I use compressed air to clean between the keys?

A: Yes, using a canister of compressed air can help dislodge debris stuck between the keys. Spray short bursts of air between the keys to remove any remaining dirt or dust.

Q: How do I clean the laptop screen?

A: To clean the screen, ensure your laptop is powered off and disconnected. Use a microfiber cloth to gently remove dust and smudges. If needed, you can use a screen-specific cleaning solution for a more thorough clean.

Vlad Tabaranu
Vlad Tabaranu
Vlad Tabaranu is a highly experienced computer and laptop repair engineer with over 20 years of expertise in the IT industry. Vlad's dedication to top-quality IT services has earned him significant recognition. He has been ranked among the top 3 computer repair services in Birmingham since 2018. He's also been awarded the Corporate LiveWire's Birmingham Prestige Awards 2019 for Best in Independent Computer Repair Services and the Central England Prestige Awards 2021/2022 for Computer Repair Service of the Year.



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