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How To Clean and Sanitize Your Laptop – Safely and Effectively

How To Clean and Sanitize Your Laptop - Safely and Effectively


Laptops can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, viruses, and germs. The dirt and grime build-up in your laptop can cause health problems for you and other users who may come into contact with it. In this article, we’ll discuss how to clean your laptop safely and effectively.

Shut down, remove the battery, and unplug your laptop.

Shut down the laptop and remove the battery.

Unplug your power cord from the wall outlet, then disconnect it from your laptop. If possible, allow a few minutes for any residual electricity to dissipate.

Use a microfiber cloth or one that’s made for electronic devices.

  • Make sure you’re using a soft, lint-free cloth. You don’t want to risk scratching your laptop’s screen. A microfiber cloth is ideal for cleaning electronics, as it’s soft and won’t scratch the surface of your laptop’s screen or other parts of its body. Microfiber cloths are also reusable and can be washed; this means that you’ll use fewer resources when cleaning your laptop compared to using disposable paper towels or tissues that become trash after one use (and possibly take up space in landfills). Additionally, because microfiber fabric is so common these days—you’ve probably had a microfiber rag at some point in your life—you can find them anywhere from $5-$20 cheap online or in a store like Target (which has quite an assortment of color choices!). Furthermore, if this is something that interests you enough to make it part of your daily routine (as I have done), then investing in more expensive versions made specifically for electronics may make sense as well–just keep in mind what functionality matters most when making this decision!

Spot-clean your screen with a dampened microfiber cloth.

Once you’ve cleaned off your laptop’s surface, it’s time to tackle the screen. For this step, you’ll need a microfiber cloth that is damp and clean.

Don’t use a paper towel! Paper towels will scratch the screen of your laptop and may cause permanent damage.

Don’t use any spray bottles or wet clothes! These methods can leave water spots on your screen and possibly cause other problems later on down the line. If they do get used, make sure they’re thoroughly dried out before reattaching them to their respective surfaces (even if they look 100% dry).

Don’t use a dry cloth! This method also leaves behind dust particles which could scratch up your display over time.

Spray a disinfectant onto your microfiber cloth before wiping the rest of your laptop’s surfaces.

In order to remove the gross grime from your laptop, you’ll need to use a disinfectant that is safe for electronics. It’s also important not to spray directly onto your laptop—this can cause damage if any liquid gets into its ports or other openings. Instead, spray the disinfectant onto a microfiber cloth and wipe down all of your surfaces with it. Don’t forget about the screen: although you don’t want any fluid getting inside, some may seep in through small cracks or crevices around the edges if they aren’t properly cleaned first (and trust us—you’ll regret it later).

It’s not just germs that cause infections; dirt can play just as big a role too! If there are signs of dirt on any surface of your laptop (e.g., fingerprints), make sure those areas are cleaned off first before sanitizing them thoroughly with a disinfectant sprayed directly onto its surface(s).

Clean the ports, vents, and keyboard.

  • Cleaning the ports and vents on your laptop is just as important as cleaning its screen. You should clean them with a disinfectant that’s safe for electronics.
  • To clean the ports, use a cotton swab dipped in the same disinfectant you used on your computer’s keyboard. Swipe it along the length of each port until it feels dry, then wait five minutes before plugging anything into that port again.
  • To clean out any dust that may have accumulated inside your laptop (and clog up its fan), take off its back cover and blow compressed air through all of its vents; this will also help keep it cool!
  • If there are visible stains on or around any of these openings, make sure to use an alcohol-based cleaner to remove them before using compressed air or blowing off dust particles with force.”

Let it dry completely before rebooting.

After you’ve cleaned your laptop, let it dry for at least 24 hours. This is an important step because you want to make sure that all of the moisture has been removed from the inside of your laptop. If there’s still moisture in there, it could cause corrosion and damage to some of your components.

Also, don’t use the laptop until it’s completely dry. Don’t put it in a place where it is exposed to heat or direct sunlight; both can speed up the drying process but also lead to damaging heat buildup inside your computer (which would be bad).

A clean laptop is a healthy laptop.

Cleaning your laptop isn’t just about making it look good. It’s also about keeping it healthy, and therefore functional for as long as possible. By cleaning your laptop regularly, you can ensure that the machine is free from bacteria and other harmful contaminants that may compromise its performance or potentially cause health issues.

You should clean and sanitize your laptop at least once per month (if not more often). The first step in doing so is to turn off your computer, unplug all cables and remove any batteries before proceeding with any other steps in this process.

Next, use a cotton cloth to wipe away dirt from the exterior of your device; this will help remove stains caused by everyday use such as fingerprints or dust particles. You might need to apply more pressure if there are stubborn stains on your screen or case—but be careful not to scratch!


Whether it’s a spilled drink or a dirty surface, you can clean your laptop with minimal effort and minimal risk by following these steps. Remember that it’s always better to err on the side of caution when cleaning electronic devices. If you have any doubts about whether your computer is compatible with disinfectant sprays or if there are other concerns (like static electricity), consult a professional before attempting this process yourself!

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