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PC Cleaning

#1
Hi,

Does anyone know what's the best equipment to clean dust of computer components etc?

I've already got compressed air, but is there anything else? 

Thanks.
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#2
Guess rule number one would be to turn the computer and all of its peripherals off and let it cool first. Particularly if one is going to use a blower. I've never used a blower before - feels a bit heavy and over the top - although when I did research I found someone using a leaf blower to clean the interior of the CPU. I use a very cheap anti-static brush and I use it lightly - the brush is one of those brushes that attract dust. For the keyboard I use some earbuds for in between the keys and a little bit of rubbing alcohol. I also use special computer cleaner wipes to wipe the keys and exterior of the computer. I don't fiddle around with it much though and I only clean it once in a blue moon. For some or other reason my computer doesn't get much dust. Probably because I go all out to keep my study room as dust free as I possibly can.


#3
I've seen compressed air destroying a fan once.

I usually clean my computer fans and sinks using the vacuum cleaner. I always put a finger to the fan to prevent it from spinning too fast which I imagine could be damaging.
#4
(07-12-2018, 04:14 AM)Genesis Wrote: Guess rule number one would be to turn the computer and all of its peripherals off and let it cool first. Particularly if one is going to use a blower. I've never used a blower before - feels a bit heavy and over the top - although when I did research I found someone using a leaf blower to clean the interior of the CPU. I use a very cheap anti-static brush and I use it lightly - the brush is one of those brushes that attract dust. For the keyboard I use some earbuds for in between the keys and a little bit of rubbing alcohol. I also use special computer cleaner wipes to wipe the keys and exterior of the computer. I don't fiddle around with it much though and I only clean it once in a blue moon. For some or other reason my computer doesn't get much dust. Probably because I go all out to keep my study room as dust free as I possibly can.


I know to turn off the computer and wait a few hours for it to cool down before cleaning it that's one of the main things to do tho. I wouldn't ever use a blower, it could damage the computer itself, I'm not going to take that risk of using it. 

But when I'm not using my computer and it's fully turned off I but a cover over the Keyboard, mouse to stop dust getting inside. I also clean my computer with Compressed Air once every 2 months, but I do a check inside to see if it needs a clean before I do it. I also cover my study area when all the Electronics are FULLY turned off and unplugged from the wall.  

 
(07-12-2018, 08:38 AM)Peter Wrote: I've seen compressed air destroying a fan once.

I usually clean my computer fans and sinks using the vacuum cleaner. I always put a finger to the fan to prevent it from spinning too fast which I imagine could be damaging.

Have you? I haven't see or heard about that one before. I do stand at least 2/3ft back from the computer when spraying the compressed air inside. I also open both case sides so the dust blows straight out the other side.

I do have someone hold the fans from spinning around whilst I spray my computer with compressed air. 


Isn't their some pacific computer cleaning equipment?
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#5
@MorganB looks as though you're well ahead of almost everyone how to clean a computer. I posted the "turning the computer off" mostly for the benefit of the thread and to others who may land here, not to you specifically. The leaf blower YouTube was meant tongue in cheek. I'd never use it myself. For me electronics always have to be dealt with great respect.

If you check Amazon, one can buy cleaning tools from them - and usually at Amazon there are helpful reviews. Like these ones:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SI6...d_i=281501

#6
(07-12-2018, 02:08 PM)MorganB Wrote:
(07-12-2018, 08:38 AM)Peter Wrote: I've seen compressed air destroying a fan once.
Have you? I haven't see or heard about that one before. I do stand at least 2/3ft back from the computer when spraying the compressed air inside. I also open both case sides so the dust blows straight out the other side.  
Yes, but to be honest, it was a relativly small computer that was part of a machine, so the fan was relativly small too. And this happened at a company in the tire business so I can imagine that the air might have been a bit more powerful than a regular can that you buy at the store.
#7
Just cleaned using alcohol wipes.
Used many, but at least computer is fairly clean now. Why I dare not say fully clean is cause the dust in the air settled on the clean parts.
#8
I use this. It's for camera lens. Blows away the dust quite well.

Have a vacuum nearby, but not too close to the computer (they generate static). You don't want all the dust in the air to go in your lungs, so it's best that they get pulled into the vacuum. I also turn on the air purifier in the house. At work, I have no air purifier. So I find some excuse to be elsewhere while the dust settles.

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#9
I would agree that sucking away dust must be better than blowing it away and conducive in making sure that the pc still works afterwards.
Blowing at it could only force it deeper into the boards and areas which can only lead to the possibility of more problems.
#10
depending on how thorough you want to be you can take all the components out clean them individually. Wash the case out and let it dry before putting all the items in.

I had to take the heatsink off from my GPU since it was making my card toasty, unfortunately, this voids the warranty but I reapplied some thermal paste and got much better temps.

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#11
You can Use Your default windows cleaner with the Disk Cleanup option and you can use your Temp or Cach files in all drives.
But in secondary option you can use CCleaner or Ashampoo WinOptimizer in free or Pro option in your own choice.
#12
I have a small computer kit that attaches to the home vacuum, that and a long bristle brush.
#13
Depending on how much time, room and if my children are around (they like to try and help), depends how I clean. If I don't have much time I will use a small anti-static brush and keep a vacuum nearby. When I have lots of time and no one around I will strip down the PC and will leave just the motherboard in the case and clean outside of the case, allowing me to remove the heatsink and fan from the CPU to make sure I can remove all dust from the heatsink without it getting over the motherboard. Afterwards I clean the CPU and reapply thermal paste before rebuilding replacing the PC back. I usually clean the area where the PC was as well just to clear any dust around there too.
#14
When I'm at work I make sure to have alcohol wipes and canned air for routine maintenance. If you clean your PCs and peripherals once a week its amazing how little work you have to do compared to cleaning it once per year or so.


I'll have to give the leaf blower idea a try! I very much doubt my bosses would like that, but the results speak for themselves!
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#15
Rubbing Alcohol is used at my work for exterior cleaning.

Can of air for dust inside.

Sophos for virus prevention. (Different type of cleaning.)
  




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