Dust is not only disgusting–it’s a computer killer! Your PC is like a vacuum cleaner, constantly pulling dust, hair and other debris into your computer grills. Your fan speed is affected by dust build-up, and layers of it on your motherboard, video card and CPU can eventually harm your components.
We all know this, of course. But traditionally, you had to use compressed air in a can that only works for a few seconds at a time and often ends up spraying chemicals all over your components.
Computer Duster Tools and Techniques
There are certain Dos and Don’ts when it comes to cleaning a computer. The goal is to get rid of that insulating layer of dust without causing more harm than good. Following these rules a couple of times a year to ensure your PC continues to function at peak performance for years to come:
- Do unplug the computer case and move it to a safe location for cleaning.
- Do wipe down the exterior of the case with a dry rag.
- Do remove any exterior case grills, if possible.
- Do wipe the grills and any newly exposed areas to break the think dust loose.
- Do take the PC outside, if possible.Do open the case to expose the internal components.
- Do use the Duster Metro ED500 DataVac 500 or canned compressed air to blow off the motherboard and inside of the case.
- Do hold your index finger on each fan you want to clean to prevent over-spinning and then blast them with air.
- Do wipe down the desk and surrounding area before replacing the PC.
- Don’t clean the computer while it is plugged in.
- Don’t spray the computer with any liquid cleaner–it generally isn’t necessary.
- Don’t vacuum the computer with a plug-in vacuum cleaner.
- Don’t blast the fans without placing your finger over them. This will damage them.
- Don’t remove RAM and CPU or heatsink unless you have a good reason. It will only increase the risk of a problem.
Proper Computer Cleaning
These dos and don’t are very generalized, but they give you some basic tips on what you should do a couple of times a year to make sure your PC’s hardware isn’t damaged by dust. The computer duster we recommend is listed below. It comes with various nozzles and brushes and works great for many household applications.
The Duster Metro ED500 DataVac 500 is a cordless and can-less air duster moves a ton of air. Unlike traditional canned air, this is electric so it never runs out.
It goes without saying this is a must-have for business that have a lot of computers, or shops that perform maintenance on computers. But it’s also great for the home, as you can use it as a mini air-compressor for cleanups of all sorts.
Read more reviews on the Duster Metro ED500 DataVac 500 here.