June 08, 2016

7 Things You Should Do to Keep Your Laptop in Tip-Top Shape

From work to gaming, laptops are now an indispensable part of our daily lives. This is why keeping them clean and properly maintained is the key to making them last as long as possible. The problem is that while laptops are indeed portable, they are prone to being abused due to carelessness.

Fortunately, there are quick and easy methods to keep your laptop in great shape. Let’s take a look at the seven ways that everyone should know:

    1. Keep your hands clean

      Before using your laptop, be sure to clean your hands, especially after eating. While many of us like to eat chips or other snacks while in front of our laptops, we should at least wipe our hands clean with wet tissues afterward. This is to get rid of the oil from our fingers.

      Food particles and oil can wear off your laptop’s protective coating, especially on the keyboard caps and track pad. This coating is what gives your laptop’s trackpad and caps that non-slip feel, making it easier for you to type and swipe your fingers across.

    2. Invest in a cooling pad

      Heat sinks are every laptop’s best friend. As we said before, cooling pads give a laptop’s vents more breathing room to expel the heat generated by everyday use. Putting your laptops on soft surfaces like couches or even on your legs will block the path of the airflow and contribute to faster heat buildup.

      Use a cooling pad to direct more air to your laptop’s underside to keep it at an optimum temperature. This will help preserve the internal systems from wearing out due to heat.

      Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
      The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga plus accessories

    3. Clean your battery contacts

      For laptops with removable batteries, this is a must. Keeping the power contacts clean will result in a smoother and more efficient power flow. Once every month or two, detach the battery from your laptop and wipe off the dirt that might have accumulated there.

      This prevents dust buildup that can block the flow of electricity from your battery to your device.

    4. Use a non-conductive cleaning fluid

      A gentle cleaning solution—such as a diluted rubbing alcohol mix—works best for removing accumulated grime and dirt, both from your monitors and your keyboard. Be sure to use a non-conductive cleaning fluid and shut off your laptop before cleaning to prevent any risk of shock.

      Apply a small amount on the cleaning cloth to prevent internal leakage to clean the laptop. Use a microfiber cloth to prevent any scratches on areas like the monitor and webcam. Wait for at least 15 to 20 minutes to allow the laptop to dry before using it again.

    5. Clean the vents

      Heat vents are ideal places for dust to gather. The dust buildup can then get in the way of your internal fans, preventing them from running smoothly.

      Use a cleaning brush to get rid of the dirt from the laptop’s vents. If possible, you can also get a technician to help you deep clean your laptop’s internal mechanisms every now and then.

    6. Do not leave your laptop in the car

      High temperatures and rapid changes are the worst enemies of laptops. Heat exposure can damage your laptop’s LCD and internal systems; the moisture buildup inside can be a hazard to the computer’s power flow. This can also put a greater strain on your internal fans to disperse the extra heat. As much as possible, keep laptops at room temperature to maintain a stable operating temperature and prevent the risk of internal damage.

    7. Use a laptop bag

      The reason why laptop bags exist is to protect your laptop’s internal parts from physical impact. This is especially true for gaming laptops, which is why sellers like us at YouPoundIt bundle them with bags.

      Gouache City Bag in Khaki

      Gouache City Bag in Khaki

      A laptop bag needs to have enough space for your other peripherals like your mouse and cooling pad, but at the same time, snug enough to prevent these from colliding into each other when on the road. If you will be using a bigger bag, consider using a laptop sleeve to add an extra layer of impact protection.

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