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How To Clean Your Laptop

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Cleaning A Laptop Computer

Cleaning a laptop computer is not as hard as one may think. You can clean the LCD screen, battery connections, keyboard, touch pad, and USB ports  as needed without opening the laptop casing.  You may need to clean your laptop monthly, depending on the area the computer is kept .  For the average home cleaning your laptop is recommended once to twice a year as preventative maintenance. Keeping to this plan can save you a lot of time and money by extending the life span of your laptop.
Safety First
Always unplug the system before cleaning any laptop computer. Remove the battery and press and hold the power button for 5 seconds to discharge any voltage left in the PC.
Laptop Screen Cleaning

Clean the LCD screen with a soft dry cloth. If the screen is really dirty, use distilled water, applying limited amounts to the cloth, never spray water or any liquid directly onto a computer screen or use a laptop screen cleaning kit. Apply light pressure as you wipe the screen because LCD screens can crack under direct concentrated pressure.  Some people say to use a mixture of water and alcohol but manufacturers recommend against it.
How To Clean Laptop
Use a can of Compressed Gas Duster, 10oz Can, 2/Pack compressed air to blow dust and other particles out of the keyboard and touch pad. When using compressed air make sure not to shake or turn the can upside down because cool liquid may spray out of the can which can hurt you and damage the computer.  Turn the computer at an angle and use the compressed air to blow out from under the keyboard and make sure no keys are sticking or dirty. Then, if needed  you can take a damp cloth and wipe down the lid, keyboard and touch pad. If that doesn’t fix the keys that are sticking you should take the laptop to a professional to remove the keyboard or key caps to better clear out any remaining problems. Use the compressed air to clear out anything obstructing the ventilation of the laptop. You  can do this by blowing out the vents and ports on the sides and back of the laptop. Next, you should clean the battery connections. All that is needed for this is contact cleaner and something non-abrasive to clean the contacts such as a cotton swab. Remove the battery and clean the copper contacts.  Remember, it is not a good idea to just spray any liquid on the computer. Spray the cleaning cloth you are using and not the computer itself.  If you would need a professional to take care of this task for you, contact the computer experts at IQ Computer Services.

Pets and PC’s Don’t Mix

pet on laptop pcIf you are an animal lover, this article is for you. The adorable feeling you have for your pet is wonderful. Pets are one of life’s joys, but don’t mix with computers.

Countless times I’ve seen desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and mini laptops ruined by fury little friends. Here are a couple of computer tips to help keep your PC running great while keeping your pets happy.

First, don’t leave your computer in a place where your pet can get to it. A laptop bag is a great place to store your mobile PC to keep in safe from harm. Often, cats and dogs climb on keyboards, chew on power cords, and soil computers with messes meant for outside or a litter box.

Second, take turns by not handling your pet and the PC at the same time. Fur, hair and pet dander in keyboards and cooling fans quickly end the life of a new computer.

Remember, pets and PCs don’t mix, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a life with both.