When using your desktop for a long time, you will find a lot of dust in your cooling fan. It is disgusted and it will to some degree cause damage to your desktop. Therefore, you need to clean it up every once and a while to prevent overheating and dust building up. Here is an effective way to clean the inside of your desktop computer.
Effective Way to Clean Your Desktop Computer
Before you start to clean your desktop, please remember not to open your computer while it is running or with any cables attached to it. It is always safer to remove all peripherals such as USB cables, audio cables, video cables, and especially the power cable. And please don’t attempt to clean your computer with electricity flowing through its circuits. Be sure that the power cable is unplugged.
Of course, there is something that you should prepare before your cleaning. They are hardware set that includes screw drivers, can of compressed air, and cleaning cloth. If possible, you can prepare other optional tools like zip ties, cotton swabs, thermal pate, and pencil. You can also use a small paint brush to sweep away dust where compressed air just can’t reach.
Step by Step Operations
Easy Step One:
To start the cleaning process, you should remove the peripherals we just mention. Grab your can of compressed air and hold the trigger to release a burst of air onto an area with a lot of dust buildup. If you’re cleaning a video card with a fan, you can use a pen or pencil to place in between the blades to prevent it from spinning while blowing the compressed air.
Easy Step Two:
Next, you move inside the computer case and start with removing any dust particles that may have found their way inside the RAM slots. Take your compressed air can, aim it at a RAM slot, hold the trigger, and move it down the entire slot. Repeat this for every slot in your computer case.
Easy Step Three:
Then you should move onto the bigger equipment inside such as your CPU fan and power supply unit. Again, it’s recommended to use a pen or pencil when cleaning fans to prevent the blades from spinning. Use your compressed air can to blow out any loose dust particles. You can also use a cotton swab to clean the fan by rubbing the swab against the blades to stick the dust particles. It’s a little tedious, but it makes for a nice, clean fan in the end. The bottom of your case will undoubtedly have dust buildup. You can begin with blowing the dust away with your compressed air.
If there is still dust stuck to the case, you can use a damp cloth to wipe it. Make sure your cloth is not wet, but damp. Repeat this step for all the nooks of your case until there is minimal or no amounts of dust left. Finally, don’t forget to also clean out any other fans, ports, or enclosures as described above.
Well, have you learnt how to clean your desktop? Please note that if you are not skilled for the desktop, you can not open up your computer’s case at you will in case of making some unnecessary mistakes.