Top tips for preventing damage to your Mac or iPad

13th July 2015
Laptop shown with someone's hands on it with their accessories around them

Apple products are of a high quality and are definitely made to last, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be damaged. You may treat your new gadgets with the utmost care in the first few weeks, but after that you might not be so precious.
Your Macbook or iPad will likely get used every single day, transported from place to place, so accidents are bound to happen. Here are our top tips on how to avoid damaging your iPad or Mac:

Be careful when cleaning

Whilst it is important to keep your iPad and Mac screens clean, you need to ensure you’re not using any products which could damage your Apple product. Use a lightly damp cloth to wipe your screen (if you squeeze it and water comes out, it’s too wet!). Do not use a tissue or any sprays, solvents or lens cleaning products.
When wiping down your Mac, be sure not to get any moisture in the openings, such as the trackpad edges or the inside edges of the monitor. If you need to remove dust trapped in these crevices, use a soft paintbrush or make-up brush instead.
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Don’t let your device overheat

Your Mac should be kept well-ventilated at all times, as covering up the fans will cause the device to overheat. Ideally, you’ll be using your Mac at a desk, but if you prefer to take your work to bed, don’t use a pillow or mattress as a make-shift desk. Instead, get yourself a proper laptop tray, as this will keep those fans free and allow you Mac to remain cool.
If you can feel either your Mac or iPad becoming too hot, turn it off or stop using it for a few minutes to allow it to cool back down.

Carry your device with care

Laptop bags are great for transporting your Mac to and from the office, but you should also use them inside the home. When you’re not using your Mac, store it in the laptop bag. That way, it’s safe from any accidental spills, dramatic changes in temperature and knocks or scratches.
You can even use the laptop bag to transfer your computer from room to room within your home, as this will ensure you don’t drop it when walking up the stairs carrying several devices at once.
Although you’re unlikely to put your iPad in a carrying case, you should always make sure it’s protected in some way. At Hardsoft, we include an i-BLASON rugged carry case with every iPad, to ensure your device is kept free from any scratches or marks.

Keep drinks at bay

We all know that computers and coffee don’t mix, but it doesn’t stop us going to go do some work at our local café – the Wi-Fi there is free after all! However, should you spill that over-priced coffee on your Mac or iPad, you can kiss goodbye to your device. It’s not advisable to eat food over your keyboard either; the crumbs may get stuck inbetween the keys.
If you do happen to spill something on your device, don’t attempt to fix it yourself by turning the computer upside down or drying it out using a hairdryer. Doing so will only make the problem worse. Instead, turn off and unplug the device, and contact Apple.
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Be gentle

It goes without saying that you should treat all your gadgets with care, but with slimmer laptops, like the MacBook Air, you need you to be extra gentle with them. For this reason, we advise always opening your MacBook from its centre point. Opening it from the edge, especially when done quickly, can damage the hinges over time. Putting pressure on the screen is also a bad idea, as you run a high risk of killing some pixels.
Sometimes it is easy to forget your iPad is plugged in, and you end up accidentally yanking the cable out because you’ve picked up the device too quickly. All cables and chargers are delicate, and therefore need be treated with care. Pull it out gently, and don’t leave the wire crushed underneath a chair leg – otherwise you’ll be replacing your charger every five minutes!

Look after the battery

Some people believe that frequently draining your computer’s battery will greatly extend its life, but in reality, the opposite is true. It is actually recommended you only let your MacBook and iPad battery decline to around 40 per cent before plugging the charger back in. This puts less strain on the battery, and will reduce the likelihood of you having to replace it earlier than normal.
Don’t worry about over-charging the battery, but do not leave the MacBook plugged in whilst it’s in sleep mode. Again, this will unnecessarily wear out the battery.
With a little care and a lot of common sense, it’s easy to look after your Apple Mac and iPad. However, if you do have the tendency to be a bit accident-prone, we offer accidental damage cover on all our products. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use it, but it’s nice to have that extra peace of mind, especially if you love your coffee.