Computer Cleaning Tips
Cleaning your computer and your computer components and peripherals
Cleaning every so ofteren helps keep the components and computer in good working condition and also helps keep the computers from spreading germs.
Depending on the environment that your computer operates in determines how often you should clean your computer case.
The below list is our recommendation and may change depending upon your computer's environment.
How often should I clean my computer?
The frequency of how often you should clean your computer varies on several different factors.
Below is a listing of general tips that should be taken when cleaning any of the components or peripherals of a computer as well as tips to help keep a computer clean.
Never spray or squirt any liquid onto any computer component.
If a spray is needed, spray the liquid onto a cloth first then use the cloth to rub down the component.
You can use a vacuum to suck up any dirt, dust, or hair around the computer on the outside case.
Do not use a vacuum for the inside of your computer, as it generates static electricity that can damage the internal components.
If you need to use a vacuum to clean the inside, then use a portable battery powered vacuum designed to do this job, or use compressed air.
When cleaning any computer,be sure to turn it off before cleaning.
Be cautious when using any cleaning solvents;
some individuals may have allergic reactions to chemicals in cleaning solvents and some solvents can even damage the case.
Try to always use water or a diluted solvent.
When cleaning fans, especially the smaller fans within a portable computer or laptop it's suggested that you either hold the fan or place something in-between the fan blades to prevent it from spinning. Spraying compressed air into a fan or cleaning a fan with a vacuum may cause damage or back voltage to be generated.
Although many companies have created products to help improve the process of cleaning your computer and peripherals, users can also use household items to clean their computers and peripherals. Below is a listing of items you may need or want to use while cleaning your computer or computer peripherals.
Keep in mind that some components in your computer may only be able to be cleaned using a product designed for cleaning that component.
Cloth - A cloth is the best tool used when rubbing down a component; although paper towels can be used with most hardware, we
recommend using a cloth when ever possible.
Caution: We only suggest you use a cloth when cleaning components such as the outside of the case, a drive, mouse, etc. You should not
use a cloth to clean any circuitry, such as the RAM or motherboard since they can generate ESD that can damage electronics.
Water or rubbing alcohol - When moistening a cloth, it is best to use water or rubbing alcohol. Other solvents may be bad for the
plastics used with your computer.
Portable Vacuum - Sucking the dust, dirt, hair, cigarette particles, and other particles out of a computer can be one of the best
methods of cleaning a computer.
Over time, these items can restrict the airflow in a computer and cause circuitry to corrode.
Do not use a standard vacuum as it can generate a lot of static electricity that can damage the computer.
Cotton swabs - Cotton swaps moistened with rubbing alcohol or water are excellent tools for wiping hard to reach areas in your
keyboard, mouse, and other locations.
Foam swabs - Whenever possible, it is better to use lint-free swabs such as foam swabs.
Keeps the appearance of the computer looking new. During cleaning, if ventilation locations are found, these can be cleaned helping the case keep a steady airflow to the computer, keeping components cool and in good working condition.