- How to clean a computer screen
If you haven’t cleaned the screen in a while, you might be surprised by how much dust your computer collects. Fingerprints can also reduce the functions of your screen. To keep your computer screen clean, wipe it regularly with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. This will remove most of the dust and smudges.
If your computer screen is very dirty, you might need a laptop cleaner. You can purchase computer monitor cleaning kits, but check they’re suitable for your screen. A cleaner designed for a glass screen could damage an LCD screen, for example. Surprisingly, the best cleaning solution is distilled water. It’s the cleaner recommended by every computer manufacturer, including Apple.
Step 1: First, unplug and turn off your computer.
Step 2: Wipe the screen with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
Step 3: Moisten the cloth with a small amount of distilled water. It should be just damp, not dripping.
Step 4: Wipe the screen with the damp cloth to remove dirt and smudges.
Step 5: Dry the screen with a clean, dry cloth.
Distilled water will almost always get the job done. If you do need extra cleaning power, use 70% isopropyl alcohol. Moisten a cloth with the alcohol and wipe the screen, following the above instructions. Avoid using any sprays, solvents, or harsh cleaners that could damage your computer.
- How to clean a computer keyboard
Computer keyboards are notorious for collecting dust, dirt, and crumbs, but they can be cleaned! Just follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Unplug the keyboard from the computer and remove batteries for wireless devices.
Step 2: Turn the keyboard upside down and give it a good shake.
Step 3: Run a damp lint-free cloth over the keys to remove dust and dirt.
Step 4: To remove dirt from under the keys, use a can of compressed air.
Step 5: Dip a Q-tip in a small amount of isopropyl alcohol and run it between the keys.
How to clean keyboards on laptops
If your keyboard is built into your computer, turn off the whole machine. Use compressed air to dislodge any debris from under the keys, then wipe down the keyboard with a barely moistened microfiber cloth. You can also use a soft-bristled brush to help move any dust or dirt from around the keys.