It can be hard to keep your laptop clean. Greasy fingers, dust, pet hairs and finger prints, nothing is safe, including your laptop, particularly if you share it with younger members of the household, Or allow the cat to jump on the keyboard.
In fact, computer keyboards can be a breeding ground for germs. One particular study found they harboured more bacteria than a toilet seat. It is enough to make you want to hurl your laptop out of the nearest window or douse it in a bucket of disinfectant.
However, before you go to drastic measures, do not forget your old computer, no matter how grubby could be worth money. Follow our simple cleaning tips and you could get paid cash for your old laptop.
Tips To Spruce Up Your Laptop
Take a damp, non-abrasive cloth and wipe the outside of the laptop and the screen to remove any dust and fingerprints. You can purchase special LCD screen cleaners from computer and stationery shops. Always put the cleaner onto the cloth and wring it out before using and never spray liquid directly onto a computer. For a quick clean up solution, try a baby wipe.
Disinfectant wipes can be used to kill germs, or you can use a small amount of disinfectant on a cloth to wipe the keyboard down. Making sure you don’t get any liquid between the keys. Cotton buds can also be useful to clean hard to reach areas.
A computer vacuum can also make an essential and inexpensive part of a laptop cleaning kit. These contain several attachments with brushes and nozzles to sweep and suck up any dust that’s trapped between the keys or in other small places.
How To Avoid Getting It Dirty In The First Place.
Number one rule, no food or drinks around the laptop. This is easier said than done when you have children, but if you are to enforce one rule, make it this one. Liquid spills could severely damage your laptop and food smears could result in viruses of the real kind, transferred by hand onto your keyboard.
Do not allow animals near your laptop or PC. This may seem like a joke, but cats love to sleep in warm places and many a cat has been force-ably removed from the top of a computer. Ditto toddlers. Your school age child may need to use your laptop for homework, but a felt pen brandishing two year old should definitely be kept at a distance.
With most of us juggling work and family commitments, keeping a laptop clean is usually the last thing on our minds. However, making an effort to give your laptop a regular clean and keeping it away from food and drink will help it to last much longer. Laptops are not cheap and coffee split on your shiny new Mac-book could be disastrous.
Using disinfectant regularly will also ensure you keyboard is free from bacteria and other nastiest and remembering to put your laptop back in its case each night, will help to keep dust at bay.