I consider myself a pretty clean and tidy person. You would not believe this to be true, however, if you looked at my laptop. It is disgusting. There's that saying that goes something like, the floor is so clean you can eat off of it. Well, my laptop is so filthy it looks like I did eat off of it.
If you're shelling out hard-earned cash on a laptop, then you want to make sure you get years of service out of it. Some wear and tear (both physical and digital) is inevitable along the way, but if you take good care of your machine you can keep it running smoothly for longer — just like a well-maintained car or bicycle.
As I'm typing this, I'm noticing a little burnt orange-coloured splatter beneath the MacBook Air logo. Likely a result of when I eat take-out noodles at my desk and try to delicately pour the noodles into the broth, creating a spill-splatter effect that I have undoubtedly repeated several times over the years.
I also recently moved in with my wonderful friends who have three (three) cats, the largest of which loves to sit in my lap while I'm working. I just pulled a long thin white hair from the 'M' key.
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Also, if I hold my computer in the right light, there appears to be a thin film of fingerprint marks along the outskirts of my keyboard and screen. You know soil horizons — the layers of material beneath the earth's surface, each varying in texture and colour? That's what my laptop looks like. To the naked eye, that might look vile, but upon scientific examination, it's actually a beautiful narrative of my life experiences in the close vicinity of this Netflix and blog machine.
Also, upon further scientific scrutiny, probably pretty vile.
So I've decided to remedy that. I'm going to clean my laptop. Cleaning expert and advice columnist Jolie Kerr wrote a very helpful article for Deadspin on best practices when it comes to cleaning your devices. Some simple alcohol wipes, microfibre cloth, and canned air seem to be the way to go.
While we've covered laptop cleaning in the past, one question we haven't answered is whether or not you can use off-the-shelf disinfectant wipes, rather than various combinations of household cleaning fluids that, while safer, aren't as convenient. As always the answer is: it depends.