After yet another chat with a friend on the importance of keeping tech clean, we got into a bit of a debate on what the best way was to clean heavily used items like trackpads, mice, and keyboards. Since the tech in question was made by Apple, we decided to peruse the Apple Support pages to garner a solution...and my my were we a little surprised by the Apple sanctioned cleaning solution.
Quite possibly one of the biggest surprises we have ever encountered when looking through support pages, Apple suggests using Lysol Wipes or Clorox Kitchen Disinfecting Wipes to clean and disinfect trackpads, mice, and keyboards. Of course there are some important "Do's and Don'ts" to remember when using these products to clean your devices:
- Don't ever use wipes that contain bleach, the two mentioned by Apple do not contain bleach.
- Make sure the wipe you use it not excessively damp. You may need to squeeze the wipe to remove any excess dampness.
- Your Mac should be turned off before any cleaning starts.
- Don't let liquid from the wipes pool up on your tech.
- Don't use too much force when cleaning.
- Use a soft lint-free cloth to dry your devices after using the wipes
While this is something we have been doing for some time, it is nice to know that it is "Apple blessed," and there are no reasons for a repair to be considered out of warranty because of using these items to clean as long as one follows the helpful "Do's and Don'ts."
Don't believe us? Read the full support article from Apple here.
Want more cleaning advice? Check out these computer cleaning tips from our archives:
- Keyboard Cleaning Tools (That are Free!)
- A Quick Guide to Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Devices
- Good Questions: Cleaning My Laptop?
How do you keep your tech clean?