I thought I would share some easy ways to keep your computer dust free. Computers are expensive, so why not spend a little money and a little time to keep yours running smoothly? Consider it a way to protect your investment.
There are a few essential tools I use to keep my computer and other electronics dust free.
- Pledge Grab-Its:Dry Wipes These are electrostatic dusting cloths that grab dust off of stuff with ease. I love them. Typically, I will use them to dust everything because instead of spreading dust around, these cloths grab it and don't let go. They are a little pricey, but you can use one cloth to do A LOT of dusting. When dusting a computer, simply wipe the outside fans with this cloth, and it will grab a lot of dust away from the blades. Unplug the computer, open the side of the case, grab hold of the case frame so you are grounded, and then wipe up the dust on the inside of the case, but don't touch any of the components inside with this cloth unless you are very careful and gentle. You don't want to break a computer part! (AND MAKE SURE THE COMPUTER IS TURNED OFF AND UNPLUGGED WHEN YOU DO THIS MAINTENANCE).
- Canned Air
It is almost impossible to clean a computer sufficiently without using some forced air. My dad and I tried to use a foot pump normally used to pump up air mattresses to blow some compressed air into the CPU fan, but it resulted in a broken pump and an unclean fan. If you have a small air compressor, use it to blow out your fans and dust off of the motherboard inside the case. (You might want to do this outdoors, especially if you haven't dusted the inside of your case in awhile). If you don't have an air compressor, use canned air. Its pressurized and strong enough to remove stubborn dust bunnies.
- Anti-static wipes The purpose of these wipes is to keep static away from your PC, because static is what attracts dust. They are wet, so you use them on the outside of your computer. All electronics that have any sort of magnetic or electric field will collect dust because static will exist when electricity is moving. You can buy anti-static wipes at an electronics store, or you can use a dryer sheet dampened with water. I prefer the store brand wipes but for no particular reason.
Give it a try, and see if you notice any improvements in computer performance. Anytime a computer is too hot, it will run slower, so you may even see a performance increase after you clean. I would love to hear how your cleaning goes and what the results were.