How to Deep Clean a Laptop

Clean Keyboard

Today’s post is brought to you by the color Red and the 4th of July. Just kidding, I just happen to love red things and write about them on the week of a holiday that also happens to like red. I’m super patriotic, I know. 🙂

Let’s get down to business (to defeat the Huns!) and talk about how nasty keyboards get. If you’re anything like me, you eat near the laptop and sometimes food particles get lodged in the keyboard and goo latches itself to F and J. Not to mention if you have other people living with you, they touch the laptop too and who knows where their hands have been.

Clean Laptop Keyboard

I will say that if I’m eating food at the laptop, I have a napkin to wipe my fingers before I touch the keyboard. I hate sticky keyboards and this method usually works, but you probably shouldn’t eat or drink at the computer. 🙂 Anyhoo, wiping down the laptop once a week will keep food and finger grime at bay. Every few months, you should really deep clean your laptop like the instructions below.

*Make sure to turn your laptop off before cleaning*

How to Clean a Laptop

Step One: Use compressed air to get rid of dust/food particles in the keyboard.

Step Two: Wipe down the screen with a microfiber cloth.

Clean Computer Keyboard

Step Three: Use a q-tip and rubbing alcohol to clean between the keys.

Step Four: With a slightly damp cloth wipe down the keys and mouse pad.


Step Five: Close the lid and wipe down lid.

Step Six: Flip the laptop over. Yes, we’re cleaning there too.


Step Seven: Use the compressed air to clean the fan. And if you so desire, take off the bottom cover and use the compressed air to dust.

See, red things. Obviously, this is a PC and parts of this tutorial will be different for a Mac, perform alternatives as you deem necessary. I’m not going to lie when I say step seven has saved my dear laptop, Max. He would over-heat and die in the middle of a Netflix show but after thoroughly dusting the fan he stopped dying randomly.  I also like typing on my keyboard and not feeling crusties and goo, so I clean my laptop every other week or so whenever it gets nasty. I recommend that you wipe down your every week or so but completely understand if you don’t.

Happy Cleaning!