How to Clean a Lenovo Thinkpad

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How to Clean a Lenovo Thinkpad
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No matter how careful you might be with your Lenovo ThinkPad, dust and grime will naturally accumulate if you use your laptop frequently. Taking a few minutes to clean your laptop periodically will help you maintain its cosmetic appearance. Furthermore, cleaning your keyboard will help prevent the keys from sticking, and regularly wiping your LCD display will improve visibility.

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Things you need

  • Several soft, lint-free cloths
  • Mild cleaning detergent
  • Distilled water
  • Rubbing alcohol

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  1. 1

    Clean your ThinkPad's keyboard with a lint-free cloth that has been dabbed in rubbing alcohol. Do not use an excess amount of liquid. Gently wipe down all the keys and let them air-dry. Use a can of compressed air to clear out any dust or debris located in the spaces between the keys.

  2. 2

    Clean any dust or fingerprints on your the LCD screen with a soft, lint-free cloth. If any spots remain, use a soft, lint-free cloth dabbed in a mixture of one part rubbing alcohol and one part distilled water. You can also purchase pre-moistened cleaning wipes specifically designed for LCD screens. Gently wipe down any spots and then dry the display with another soft, lint-free cloth.

  3. 3

    Wipe your ThinkPad's exterior with a soft cloth or sponge and a mild detergent. Use a circular motion. When cleaning the cover, your sponge or cloth should be damp but not oversaturated. An excessive amount of liquid can potentially drip into your laptop and damage sensitive components.

  4. 4

    Rinse out your sponge or cloth with water and squeeze out any excessive liquid. Gently wipe down the exterior to remove any remaining detergent. Dry the surface of your ThinkPad with a separate lint-free cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not clean near an open flame as rubbing alcohol is flammable.
  • Wring out all excess liquid from your cloths before cleaning your ThinkPad, to protect the electrical components.

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