Let's face it. Laptop computers get dirty fast. The way we casually use them increases their exposure to spills, crumbs and other debris. For small computers like the Acer Aspire One, the exposure to dirt and debris is likely even greater. If neglected, eventually these particles can work their way into the keyboard and may cause the computer to malfunction. The screen is another magnet for dirt. For optimum viewing, you need to regularly clean the dust and smudges off the computer screen. Laptops are delicate instruments and there is a right way to clean them without damaging them.
Shut down the computer and unplug the power cord. It's also a good idea to remove the battery to prevent damage if some liquid should happen to find its way inside the case. By ensuring that the cloth is merely damp and not dripping, you can prevent this from happening.
Use the can of compressed air with the straw tip connected to blow debris out of the spaces in the keyboard. Spray the compressed air at an angle to the keyboard to force the debris out of the cracks. If necessary, use cotton swabs to remove stubborn debris from the spaces in the keyboard.
Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cloth and use it to gently wipe down the keyboard and touchpad. Make sure the cloth isn't so wet that the alcohol is dripping.
Use the same alcohol-dampened cloth to wipe down the computer's case.
Use dry cotton swabs to clean the fan vents on the left side and bottom of the computer. Gently wipe away any lint or debris that has accumulated in the vents.
Apply a small amount of the alcohol/water solution to a soft, lint-free cloth and gently wipe the screen. Do not apply pressure to the screen. Under no circumstance should you use paper towels to clean the LCD screen. Doing so may cause scratches.
- Do not use window cleaner to clean the LCD screen. Most window cleaners contain ammonia, which will damage the screen's coating.