How to Clean Your Laptops Touchpad

By: John Wally Smith

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.

How to Clean Your 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 either

  • 50% solution of isopropyl alcohol.
  • A small amount of ammonia-based window cleaner.
  • Any glass cleaning solution will do the trick.

It is recommended to try it first on the bottom of your laptop bag to see if the solution doesn’t do any harm to the inside of the bag.

When cleaning the surface
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. Carefully wipe the dirt off the touchpad of your laptop without pushing.

After cleaning it, if the touchpad is wet, leave it to dry first. If the touchpad still does not respond in the normal, expected way, after a week or so, you may have damaged the touchpad.

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. It typically cost between $20 and $50.

Be careful not to get to that point where 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.

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