Device Physical Care

It is important to clean and maintain the outside of your computer. The following information is the IT Help Desk's recommendations for routine care of your device to extend it's lifespan and proper working function.


  • Always turn off your computer before cleaning it. Unplug laptops from the power source/charger.

  • Keep cleaning cloths damp but not wet.

  • Always use a gentle touch when cleaning. This is especially true for the display, as too much pressure could damage it.

Recommended Cleaners:
  • Dedicated electronic screen cleaners

  • 70% isopropyl alcohol products

Clean your keyboard:
  • Weekly or as needed: Dampen a wipe or clean microfiber cloth with your preferred cleaning solution and gently wipe your keys.

    • Take care to avoid wiping under the keys or getting liquid trapped underneath.

  • Monthly: Clear out the debris in your keyboard by holding your open laptop, or keyboard, with the keyboard facing down, and gently tapping to dislodge debris.

    • Then place your laptop on a flat surface and use compressed air. Do not shake the can.

    • Keeping the nozzle upright and 10”-12” away from the keys, blow away any remaining particles.

    • You can also use a dusting brush. Do not blow the air into any open vents on the device.

Clean your display panel or monitor:
  • Use a dry microfiber cloth, a pre-bought display cleaner, or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Wipe the screen using small, circular motions, while being careful not to apply too much pressure.

Clean your touchpad and your chassis:
  • Gently wipe all surfaces until you’re confident you’ve applied cleaning solution to the whole chassis.

Do Not

  • Do not blow compressed air into any open ventilation or speakers on the device.

  • Do not apply liquids directly to your laptop.

    • Do not spray cleaner on the device or place it in or around running water.

Never use:
  • Bleach

  • Tap Water

  • Ammonia

  • Hydrogen Peroxide

  • Household cleaners like Scrubbing Bubbles or Windex