This guide will show you how to clean and dust your computer.
1. Dusting Inside the Case:
a. Unplug the computer from the power outlet or the back of the computer.
b. Open the side panel of your case by removing the two screws on the back securing it in place.
c. Use a can of compressed air (often sold as an Air Duster) to blow the dust out of the case. Keep the nozzle a few inches away from the parts you are dusting and do not tip the can upside down.
i. Be careful blowing the fans as they can generate a charge by spinning. Blow air in short bursts to minimize fan spin. If possible, hold the fan blades to prevent spinning entirely
ii. It is advisable to perform this step outside, in a well-ventilated area.
d. Be sure to use the Air Duster to get dust out of the power supply.
e. Close and re-secure the side panel.
2. Outside of the Case:
a. Dust the outside of the case with a lint-free cloth like microfiber
b. Using a cotton swap dipped in isopropyl alcohol, gently clean any vents and openings in the case to remove any accumulated dirt. Dry any areas of dampness that may occur.
a. If you have a mechanical keyboard, remove the key caps.
i. If you are not sure that your key caps can be safely removed, do not attempt to do so.
b. Turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake
c. Blow out remaining dust and particles with an air duster
d. Run a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol between the keys
a. Dampen a lint-free cloth with isopropyl alcohol and wipe down the exterior of the mouse
b. Using an air duster, blow out any particles in the optical sensor.
5. Monitor / Screen:
a. Lightly dampen a lint-free cloth with water and gently wipe down the screen. Be sure not to leave damp spots or streaks.
i. Do not clean with Windex or other chemical cleaning solutions.