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Cleaning your computer, monitor, and accessories not only makes them look nice, it also helps them last longer. Clogged fans and vents inhibit the flow of air necessary to keep your hardware in its thermal “happy place.” Excessive heat can damage hardware components, and the harder fans have to work to move air, the more noise they tend to generate. Follow these tips to keep your system quiet, clean, and cool.
DO NOT USE A VACUUM CLEANER! Ever notice how static-y the extension hose on your vacuum cleaner gets even after brief usage? Static electricity and electrical components are mortal enemies. No matter how tempting it may be to vacuum the dust off of a clogged vent, resist. Read on for the proper method.
Keep the area around your computer clean. Dust that settles into the carpet or onto the floor around your machine tends to get sucked in by cooling fans. Keep whatever surface upon which your computer sits as free from dust as possible. Ideally, don’t keep your machine on the floor at all. Set it on top of your desk or some other piece of furniture to keep it elevated above the army of dust bunnies on the ground.
Dust the exterior of your hardware with a soft, lint-free cloth. Don’t use a feather duster or any liquid cleaning sprays. Fibers from the feathers might end up inside your machine, and liquids tend not to play nice with electrical equipment.
Don’t neglect the interiors. Head down to your local office supply store and pick up a can or two of compressed air. If you have a desktop system, consult the user manual for instructions on how to remove the side panel. Once it’s off, take your computer outside and use compressed air to blast any dust or other gunk out of the interior compartment. Periodically touch the power supply or other metal part of the chassis with your finger to prevent any buildup of static electricity. Chances are, if this is the first time you’ve had the box open, you’ll be amazed at the amount of debris in there. Air cans are a great choice for this task because they allow you to get the interior components clean without having to touch them. You should do this approximately every six months. Laptops are a bit trickier to clean, so if you’re not comfortable opening up the case, take it to a technician for cleaning.
Compressed air is also a great choice for cleaning a keyboard. Just invert the keyboard and spray a few bursts of air into the keys at an angle.
Choose the right cleaning product for the right screen. Unfortunately, there’s no all-purpose cleaning product that works for all types of displays and monitors. CRTs have different needs than flat-panels, and matte screens have different needs than glossy ones. Check the product manual or the manufacturer’s website for information on which type of cleaner your screen requires.
Don’t forget about your router. Just about all the tips in this list will benefit your router as well. Don’t overlook it when you’re cleaning your computer. Ensuring your router remains dust-free and has unobstructed airflow will help maximize its operational lifespan.
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