How To Clean Your Laptop’s Touchpad
Well, I suppose that everybody knows that laptops don’t come with that regular desktop computer mouse. Instead, laptops have pointing devices such as touchpads, pointing sticks or trackballs.
We will be speaking today about this laptops that have a touchpad as their pointing device and most of all, we will be speaking about how to clean the laptops’ touchpad. Cleaning your laptop touchpads improves the quality of the motion and response of the touchpad.
Because touchpads are sealed, you will not need to worry about dirt or dust entering your laptop. Instead yourself as a constant user will probably make your touchpad dirty. Yes, even if you may not be aware and as clean as you may be, your fingers are actually greasy. This grease, while working with your laptops’ touchpad gets on it making it more difficult to use after a period of time.
So, once in a while you have to clean the laptop touchpad. This can be easily done with a damp cloth with a bit of 50% solution of isopropyl alcohol.Or use a small amount of ammonia-based window cleaner. Actually almost any glass cleaning solution will do the trick. However,because of the “almost” word, if you don’t know for sure that you can safely clean your laptop touchpad with the solution you have, try it first on the bottom of your laptop bag to see if the solution doesn’t do some harm to the inside of the bag.
Always remember not to push too hard when cleaning the surface of the touchpad since the laptop’s touchpad is a fragile device that may suffer injuries while cleaning it. So carefully wipe the dirt off the touchpad of your laptop without pushing.
After cleaning it, if the touchpad was seriously wet, and the touchpad does not responde in the normal, expected way, a week or so of non-use may cure keys that don’t work.
If by bad luck your touchpad gets damaged, you can speak with a laptop repairing service provider to change it as part of a new keyboard. It is an easy task to do in most of the cases. This is straightforward if the part can be obtained, usually direct from the manufacturer. Unfortunately, it is an expensive part (typically between $20 and $50)
However, be careful not to get to that point when you break your laptop’s touchpad while cleaning it because it will be more difficult to change or repair it than to pay a bit of attention when cleaning it…