Thursday, April 9th, 2009 | laptops
The outer shell of a laptop is called the casing. Cleaning the casing of the laptop is very simple – it is not much different from cleaning the outside of a microwave oven, a DVD player or a cell phone.
The cleaning material you need is nothing special and could be found in your home. The only equipment you need is a soft cloth – a piece of old T-shirt will do – and cotton swabs (ear buds) to get into the corners. Water and a mild cleaning solution are the only cleaning products you require.
Use a damp cloth to wipe down all visible parts of the casing, removing all dust, fingerprints or other dirt that may stick to it. Clean the cables and power supply in the same way. A slightly damp cotton swab will help you to remove dust from grooves or spaces that are awkward to reach with a cloth.
Cleaning your laptop will be a safe operation if you keep a few simple rules in mind.
Always switch the laptop off before you clean it, and make sure that it is unplugged from an electrical outlet.
The cloth must not be too wet – it must only be damp. To test that it is not too wet, it should not leave any droplets of water if you wipe any smooth surface with it.
Don’t use harsh cleaning agents, such as the liquid you use to clean the toilet or your oven.
Avoid using abrasive cleaning materials, such as steel wool or a rough cloth that could scratch the surface of the casing.
You should never spray any cleaning solution on the casing, since it may penetrate to the inside of the laptop – rather spray the solution on the cloth and use the cloth to wipe the area that needs to be cleaned.
Cleaning the casing of your laptop will ensure a continued good appearance. More important, it will remove all dirt that may find its way over time into the delicate components under the shell.
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