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From the bulky desktops of yore to sleek laptops, technology has come a long way. It has enabled us to live with our eyes glued to a screen anywhere we go. In today’s scenario, our laptops have become as important as the breath we take. They seem to have become our wherewithal, and we tag them along to the couch, the bed, the balcony, the restaurant, the karaoke bar, the coffee shop, baby’s play date, and wherever else possible. This means that your laptop is getting covered with all kinds of gloop, dust, and grime. Beware, layman; the ‘geek’ gods will strike you down if your just spritz your screen with liquid and try to clean it out. We make our best attempt at explaining how to take care of your lifeline, that snazzy computer of yours, of course.
How to Clean the Screen of a Laptop
Cleaning your laptop screen isn’t as simple as you imagine it to be. You could accidentally get water into the keyboard, you could damage the LCD screen by rubbing it too hard, or you could leave water marks all over the screen, reducing visibility. Here are a few tips on how to clean a laptop screen at home without any hassles.
For Oil Marks and Sticky Stuff
Oil and sticky fluids like sugar syrup, cola, etc. are difficult to clean with plain water. Here is how you can get rid of oil and grease from your screen.
1. Ensure you have all the right material
Different cleaning liquids can be used to get rid of sticky stuff on your laptop screen. Some recommend vinegar while others suggest the use of professional office cleaning fluids. The popular choice is rubbing alcohol mixed with distilled water. Apart from the cleaning liquid, you would require lint-free cleaning cloth, some Q-tips, and a spray bottle.
2. Unplug and turn off your computer
Be sure to shut down the laptop and unplug it from the power source. Additionally, you should remove the battery before cleaning so that you can avoid damage to the pixels on your display.
3. Mixing your cleaning solution
If you are using vinegar, dilute it in a 1:1 ratio with the distilled water. If you decide to use rubbing alcohol, check the strength of the alcohol. If it is 70% alcohol, then add 20% more water to make a 50-50 solution. If it is 99.9% alcohol, then your work becomes easier because you don’t have to do the math, you just have to mix it in a 1:1 ratio.
4. Applying Solution
Pour the cleaning solution into a spray bottle. Now spritz the lint-free cloth with just two or three squirts of cleaning liquid. The cloth should not become dripping wet. If it is too wet, squeeze the excess liquid off before you commence.
Use the damp cloth to wipe the screen side to side, starting from the top and going all the way to the bottom of your screen. If you have some tough stains, then you should lovingly rub the spot for longer. Do not rub harder because you could damage the screen. Dip the Q-tip in the cleaning solution and squeeze the excess liquid out. Run the damp tip against the edges of the screen. Now use the dry end and run the edges dry.
Immediately after you wipe the screen down, use another dry, lint-free cloth and wipe again. This is to make sure that any remaining moisture is removed from your screen. It also prevents water stains and residual fingerprints from remaining on the screen.
For Dirt and Grit
1. Get the material Together
You would require all the material that you used for oil and grease removal.
2. Unplug and switch off the Laptop
As mentioned before, be safe, unplug your system and shut it down before commencing any cleaning. This is to make sure that you do not have any shorts or fried wiring because of liquids.
3. Mix The Solution
Mix up a 1:1 of rubbing alcohol or vinegar with distilled water. You could substitute the distilled water with bottled, purified, or deionised water as you see fit.
Cleaning grime may require the same kind of effort as cleaning oil would. It could be gravy or sauce from your food, mud from your garden, or even baby’s glitter paint. You will have to run gently and persistently to get the dirt off. Do not apply pressure to stubborn stains. Use a Q-tip around the edges for cleaning.
Dry off immediately with a clean and dry cloth.
1. Unplug your System and Disassemble It
To remove dust stuck around the fan belt or the fan belt assembly, you might have to disassemble your laptop. Shut down the system, unplug it from power, and remove the battery first. Now use a manual to disassemble the PC if you wish to do a thorough cleaning.
2. Use Compressed Air
To remove dust from your computer screen, simply use a dry microfibre cloth and wipe the screen. You can use the blower settings on your vacuum cleaner to blow away dust that is stuck to the edges or even on the keyboard. For dust that is lodged in difficult to reach spaces like the ports, you will need to invest in a can of compressed air.
Tips and Precautions to Consider While Cleaning a Laptop Screen
- Do not use ammonia-based liquids like glass cleaners. This is because your LCD screen is made of plastic and will be damaged by the ammonia. 100% alcohol can also damage the screen by turning it yellow and reducing the display quality. If you have a touch-enabled screen, alcohol and ammonia can weaken the screen’s ability to sense input.
- Never use paper or tissue to wipe the screen. Tissues are made of wood chips that can leave scratches. Even old cotton can leave behind a lot of lint that can damage the LCD.
- Do not spray liquid directly on the screen.
- Keyboard keys can also create stains on the screen. Place a lint-free cloth in between to avoid this.
- Do not wipe in circles. It can leave stains.
- Never drip liquid onto your display or keyboard.
- Do not use tap water or regular water to mix solution because it has mineral content which can scratch your screen.
- Clean your laptop a minimum of twice a month so that you do not have to put in extra effort to keep it clean.
The market is filled with products and kits to aid laptop cleaning. If you do not feel up to the task of buying and mixing your cleaning agent, you could always invest in a good laptop cleaning kit. These kits come with a microfibre cloth, cleaning liquid, brushes, compressed air cans, and other sundry items that can make laptop cleaning a smooth sailing. So get cleaning and have yourself a dazzlingly clean screen.