Does dust in your laptop slow it down? And, if so, how much can you expect it to affect your laptop’s performance? In this article we’ll answer those questions and more, to help you understand why dust can slow down your laptop, what some of the effects of that can be, and what you can do about it to keep your laptop running smoothly. We’ll start with the basics and work our way up to more advanced information on how to fix issues related to dust slowing down your laptop.
Is laptop dust a threat?
An unfortunate but true fact is that most laptops attract a great deal of dust because they are portable. The very nature of laptops means they get taken places where there are lots of other things with which to come into contact—papers, books, desks, floors and so on. On top of that, unlike desktop computers that stay in one place for their entire lives (or at least within their own rooms), laptop owners move them all over creation—lunchrooms, coffee shops and airports are just a few examples. You can imagine how much dust that adds up to over time. Also keep in mind how often most laptop owners clean their keyboards—not often enough!
Why do we need to clean the laptop on a regular basis?
Keeping a clean laptop ensures that your computer is running at maximum efficiency. Over time, dust and dirt build up in and around your laptop’s keys and may cause malfunction or key failure. Excessive dust, along with hair and other materials, can also clog up airflow vents which may lead to overheating. You should clean your laptop on a weekly basis by first removing its battery and then giving it a thorough cleaning with compressed air (do not spray any liquids near or into any laptops). Wipe down all surfaces with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove any dust. For larger particles of dirt (e.g., food crumbs), you can use cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol.
When should you clean the laptop?
Most people clean their laptops’ keyboards and trackpads at least once a year, but for those who use their laptops on a regular basis, you might consider cleaning them more often. How often? About once every three months or so is a good rule of thumb. It all depends on how much you use your laptop and what sort of environment you work in. With proper care, your laptop should last longer and continue performing to its best abilities. So don’t be afraid to give it a little cleaning!
The best way to clean up your laptop:
If your laptop is running slowly, a little bit of dust may be to blame. You can vacuum your keyboard, but it’s likely that you’ll miss some dust and debris. For better results, try using compressed air (look for a can at any office supply store) to blow out any dust that you can’t vacuum or wipe away yourself. Consider buying a microfiber cloth designed specifically for cleaning electronics as well. You’ll want to do all of your laptop cleaning in a place where you don’t mind making a mess—you may need more than one cloth when all is said and done! Once you’re done cleaning up, let your laptop sit undisturbed while it continues its internal processes before trying anything else.
What are the precautions before cleaning your laptop?
Before you begin, unplug your laptop. You don’t want to risk damaging any internal components while you’re cleaning it. Also remember to never spray water directly on your laptop, or use a hairdryer to clean it. This could create static and shock risks. When cleaning your laptop keyboard, be careful not to touch its electronic components with water; just use a dry towel or some compressed air to remove any dust that may have settled in between keys. Make sure you turn off your computer and unplug it from its power source before attempting any sort of disassembly, including cleaning of internal fans and heat sinks.