We've all planned to clean our laptops at one point of time (and probably skipped), but to disinfect laptops was not a common thing to do. But today, not disinfecting your work laptop might be dangerous for your health. As the lockdown restrictions are being modified to allow some people to go to work, it is imperative to ensure anything you might take outside – including your laptop - is properly disinfected. But, is it safe to do so?

The safety

Given its electronic components, using any form of gel or liquid on a laptop sounds unadvisable. And yes, using the wrong method can cause damage to your laptop that won’t be covered under warranty. For example, bringing it into contact with water directly is expectedly a big no-no. However, if you follow the right process, you can safely disinfect your laptops without harming them. Scroll ahead to find out how.

Before you start

Disconnect all power supply and turn the device off. Also disconnect all peripheral devices like pendrives, memory cards, dongles and external mice, if you use one. If your laptop has a removable battery, take it out safely. Not only does this ensure the safety of detachable devices, it also helps you clean every crack and crevice possible. Also, use a pair of disposable gloves for the process.

How to disinfect laptops

Keep in mind that the following steps are common to laptops from most brands. So, it won’t be different, say, if you’re looking to sanitise the Macbook series of laptops. With that in mind, here are the things you should do.

Step 1: Prepare a 70% solution of Isopropyl alcohol with water

Step 2: Use a can of compressed air to blow out dust from the keyboard, ports and any other gaps. It is important to do this first so that you can clean up this dust from wherever it lands.

Step 3: Dampen a part of a microfiber cloth and gently wipe the surfaces of your laptop – except the screen. This means you will disinfect the laptop keyboard, the frame and more. Never apply the liquid directly to the device. Use cotton buds to scrape the places you can’t reach with the cloth.

Step 4: Lightly dust off the screen with a dry cloth. Use a screen cleaner if necessary but check the liquid for suitable usage against the type of screen on your laptop.

Step 5: Let it all dry before you use it again.

Keep it clean

If you are going out with any device, it is important that you use it in a way that reduces chances of any contamination. Only take it out when absolutely needed, and sanitise your hands before and after using it. Keeping safety and hygiene in mind will go a long way in keeping us and our devices absolutely sanitised at all times. Once we can do that, we can rest assured about working safely again.

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