While you’re doing your regular house clean, think for a second about what you haven’t scrubbed. A lot of us forget to tackle the dirtiest objects in our homes: our electronic devices. These devices are in constant contact with our hands, and they all contain tiny recesses where moisture and dust can easily become trapped. There’s always plenty of nasty germs teeming on computer keyboards, phones, and all of our other peripherals. They also generally require a bit of extra care when cleaning, so here’s a handful of tips to help get you started.
How to Clean a Laptop Screen
Newer laptop and notebook monitors are LCD rather than glass, so you need to be extra careful when cleaning them. You can pick up LCD cleaner from computer stores, or you could use a very small amount of water to clean your screen.
The gentlest way to clean the screen is with a plain, clean, and dry lint-free cloth. Paper towels and other abrasive materials can scratch the screen, so it’s important you use a soft cloth. If you’re using a liquid screen cleaner, make sure you only apply a tiny amount to the cloth – and not directly onto the screen.
Knowing how to clean a keyboard is a little more complex. Food and dirt can easily reside in between the keys, which can make them stick and cause trouble, therefore:
- Turn the keyboard upside down to allow dirt and dust to fall out.
- Grab a can of compressed air to blast out stubborn dirt particles. Make sure you angle it to blow the particles out, rather than pushing them further in.
- To make your keyboard more hygienic, use a cotton bud to apply rubbing alcohol to the keys and allow them to dry naturally.