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How to clean a dirty/dusty laptop?

paulyron
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I have an old dell xps laptop that I been using for years.  The exterior part you do not see much issues.  But when you lift up the lid on the laptop, not only is there a ton of dust throughout the keyboard, the part right between the bottom of the laptop screen right below the Dell logo... and the top part of the laptop keyboard, is very sticky.  I notice this a long time ago and had no idea how that even happened.  Its like gooey and sticky etc.  Now the thing is where I stay at, its very humid so the dust on my laptop keyboard makes sense.  But I have no idea how my laptop got so sticky.  A while back I remember I had a tough time opening my laptop as in lifting the lid of it to use it because of the stickyness.  I remember then using one of those lens wipes you use for laptop screens and glasses etc to get the stickyness out.  But its still sticky.  I can take a picture of it for you all to take a look but my whole keyboard has a ton of dust all over it.  I also have an external keyboard that is very dirty as well.  Can take picture of that as well.  But I like the external keyboard so I never bought another one because this keyboard is comforatable.  

 

 

Now how can I clean my laptop keyboard cosmetically without causing damage to it?  I read you could buy those compressed air cleaning dusters to do the job?  Can anyone here link me to a good one?  I see amazon has one that seem to be for electronics.  But recent reviews don't be that good but overall reviews are good.  Do you just spray it on the laptop and just wait?  Or you need to also physically clean it?  Now obviously when you do this, the laptop should be off.  But does the battery need to be removed as well?  What is the chance your laptop could get damaged with using these compressed air things?   

 

 

Also is it possible my laptop keyboard and the area around it is so dirty/dusty/sticky where these products would not work?  Or it has to work?  For example I'm looking at the area near the touchpad on my laptop where you see tons of dirt/dust.  But if I try to manually wipe it out... you cannot.  It seems stuck etc.

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22 minutes ago, paulyron said:

Its like gooey and sticky

this often happens on old plastics when UV radiation from the sun degrades the coatings. It's hard to clean on a keyboard without a degreaser and some elbow grease to scrub off the coating. (you will likely lose the key labels at the same time)

 

Compressed air is good for cleaning hair and dust out of the laptop's coolers and can usually get most crumbs out of keyboards. It won't clean the sticky substance, think of it like blowing dust around rather than cleaning.

https://www.amazon.com/Dust-Off-Disposable-Compressed-Duster-Cans/dp/B00FZYT278/ref=sr_1_17?crid=ZWUPKTNPDBB2&keywords=air+duster&qid=1643324445&sprefix=air+duste%2Caps%2C160&sr=8-17

 

lintless shop rags and Zep purple should get rid of the sticky substance. only spray the towels and wipe, never spray the laptop directly as the cleaner will be hard to get out if it drips under the keys.

https://www.amazon.com/Nabob-Wipers-Absorbent-Size15x25-Lint-Free/dp/B09FHJWQBR/ref=sr_1_3?crid=13MUEZB4L73CA&keywords=hospital+rags&qid=1643324546&sprefix=hospital+rags%2Caps%2C122&sr=8-3

 

https://www.amazon.com/Zep-Industrial-Purple-Degreaser-R42310/dp/B07N8K56NH/ref=sr_1_1?crid=321VKFXTF79S4&keywords=degreaser%2Bzep&qid=1643324501&sprefix=degreaser%2Bzep%2Caps%2C134&sr=8-1&th=1

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Would you recommend going to a computer shop and having them do this?  How much would that cost and how long would that typically take?  You would recommend that vs doing this myself?  Again I don't want to damage it.

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