Here is the link to the “How to Clean Your Laptop” document.  It includes a supply list, instructions and video links on the live document.


Check it out and let me know if you think we need to change or add anything.


How to Clean Your Laptop


You don’t need a lot of expensive products and dangerous chemicals to get your laptop looking new again.  You can use simple items that you can probably already find in your home.  Instead of using Mr. Clean, we are going to keep it green!


Cleaning your screen:   You will need…

  • Clean or distilled water
  • White vinegar
  • A clean, cotton cloth (a t-shirt or CLEAN gym sock will do nicely)


First, you will want to shut your laptop off before cleaning your screen.  Use a DRY cotton cloth to wipe away any dust or dirt from the screen.  Mix equal parts water and vinegar together in a container or spray bottle.  Put a SMALL amount of the mixture (either a couple of sprays or a cap full) onto the cloth.  DO NOT spray or apply liquid directly to your computer screen.  Finally, wipe the screen in a circular motion.

Click here to see a short video on how to clean your computer screen.


Cleaning your keyboard and unsticking keys:  You will need…

  • Clean or distilled water
  • White vinegar
  • Q-tip Cotton Swabs
  • Can of Compressed Air (optional)
  • Small, flat-head screwdriver (optional)


First, make sure that your laptop is unplugged and turned off.  Use the compressed air to clean-out any debris or dust from under the key.  Dip the Q-Tip into the mixture of water and vinegar and clean around the outside of each of the keys.  If the key is stuck, you can use a small, flat-head screwdriver to GENTLY lift the stuck key and clean around the area.

Click here to see a video on how to clean your keyboard.


Fixing Scratches on your Screen:  You will need…

  • White Toothpaste (NOT Gel!)
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Clean, Lint-free Cotton Cloth
  • Cotton Balls


Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the scratched area in a circular motion.  Wipe it clean with a cloth.  Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to a cotton ball and rub it on to the scratch.  Wipe the petroleum jelly away from the screen with a clean cloth.

Click here to see a video on how to repair scratches on your screen.


Cleaning Stickers off of your Laptop:  You will need…

  • Hair Dryer
  • Clean cotton cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Butter knife

Most stickers can be removed by from the outside of your laptop by heating them for about 30-45 seconds with a hair dryer set to “hot”.   This will break down the adhesive on the sticker and allow you to peel it away with either your finger or a butter knife.  The remaining sticky residue can then be removed by wiping the spot with a cloth with a little bit of vinegar on it.

Click here to see a video on the best way to clean stickers from surfaces.


Cleaning Paint from your Laptop Case:  You will need…


  • Hair Spray
  • Laundry Detergent and warm water
  • Scrub brush or an old toothbrush (just make sure you don’t use it again)


Spray the paint or ink stain with the hairspray until it is wet.  Let is sit for about a minute or so to allow the spray to bleed the stain.  Apply a few drops of laundry detergent to the stain and scrub with warm water and the brush until the stain is removed.  Wipe clean with a damp cloth to remove the remaining detergent.

Click here to see a video on how to remove paint and ink stains from fabric.



Frank McCormick

Curriculum and Technology Coach

Sunnyside Unified School District

(520) 545-2245


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” 

Leonardo da Vinci