It’s almost a new year, the time for resolutions and fresh starts. And don’t worry: we’re not going to talk about exercising more, spending less money, or some other task that requires a lot of work and self-control. Instead, we’re going to share a few easy ways to clean your laptop, inside and out, so you can get your year off to a smooth digital start.
Start with a physical cleaning of the outside of your laptop. It’s important to keep your computer clean– and not just for aesthetic reasons. Over time, dust, dirt, and hair can fill the vents and lead to overheating. This is especially true if you have pets at home or use your laptop on the floor.
Before cleaning your laptop, make sure to turn it off and remove the battery. Generally, the battery is held in place with latches or screws and is fairly easy to remove. It’s a good idea to make sure the battery is charged to at least 40 percent beforehand. Once you have the battery out, use tweezers or a cotton swab to clean out dust bunnies, hair, and other debris inside the laptop.
Wipe down the screen with a damp microfiber cloth. You can use water or you can purchase a special screen cleaning solution, which is specifically designed for laptops, TVs, phone screens, and other devices. Do not spray the liquid directly on the screen.
Use a can of compressed air to bust keyboard dust. Then clean around the keys with a cotton swab. You can use the same cleaning solution that you did for the screen. You may also want to invest in a keyboard cover, which fits snugly on your keyboard and still allows full functionality while protecting the keys from spills, dust, and dirt.
This is also a great time to do an electronic cleaning up of your laptop, clearing out the hard drive of unnecessary items. Delete programs or applications that you don’t use in order to free up space on the computer and help it run faster. Go through your documents and photos and delete the files you don’t need to save.
Lastly, clean files off your desktop. This will not only give your desktop a less-cluttered feel, it will also speed up the computer’s initial boot since it will have fewer icons to load. Then, empty the trash. Remember that just because you move something to the trash doesn’t delete it from your computer. You’ll have to go through that extra step to erase it from the hard drive.
Happy New Year, from Vann’s!