Lenovo just made a rather significant release on the best of the best practices for cleaning hardware like your laptop, desktop and smartphone. This new guide centred on disinfectant, and disinfecting wipes specifically.
According to Lenovo’s guidance, “using disinfectant product containing alcohol (at least 70%) to wipe down your device with; ensure you leave your cleaning solution on your device for several minutes before wiping it off. This will give the solution enough time to ‘soak’ and effectively remove any existing germs from your device.” The guide makes specific note of bleach, too – don’t you DARE use bleach on your device.
Whenever there’s a note like this, where a product is mentioned specifically, it’s almost certainly there because Lenovo’s had to deal with people that’ve used bleach on their devices, then complained that their devices malfunctioned. It’d take a few times, too, they wouldn’t likely make a note like this if more than one person hand’t come to its support centre to see why their bleached Yoga Tab wouldn’t turn on.
“Don’t use bleach. Always read the directions to make sure you’re using the products as recommended to avoid damaging your sensitive electronic devices. Another solution would be to use wipe-able covers for your laptops and other electronic devices, as this will make the cleaning process much simpler and time-effective.”
The rest of Lenovo’s tips for cleaning your tech products are not brand new this week, but remain good advice nonetheless.
- Remove and debris (crumbs, dust particles etc) from your device by gently turning it upside down or using compressed air;
- Apply a cleaning agent* to a lint free towel or cloth;
- Wring excess liquid out of your towel/ cloth to avoid damage to your device;
- Thoroughly wipe down all surfaces of your device, and subsequently allow to dry for the specified time on the cleaning agent label;
- Wipe off any remaining residue or liquid from the surface of your device
That goes for all Lenovo products – and any other gadgets you might want to clean around the house, while we’re at it. Don’t get extra wild trying to make sure you don’t get COVID-19 (aka novel coronavirus) by bleaching your entire collection of mobile devices. Bleach won’t do what you want – it’ll wreck everything.