You brush your teeth every day. You clean your refrigerator out once a week. Every now and then you bring your car to the car wash. But when’s the last time you cleaned your computer?
The dust that builds up on the top of your monitor and on the blades of your desk fan, can also find its way inside your computer. So can small bugs looking for a warm place to sleep, and lets not even talk about cigarette smoke. Regular cleaning can extend the life if your desktop computer by removing dirt and dust that can cause it to overheat.
Keep your computer clean and healthy by blowing it out with compressed air every three to six months. This might seem like a scary task, but in reality, it’s not all that difficult.
Here’s a step by step guide:
- acquire some canned air, available at any office supply store
- shut down your computer and unplug all cables
- bring the computer out to your garage, porch, or another location where you don’t mind things getting a little dusty
- remove the large screws from the back of the computer, this will free the outer casing from the body of the computer. put the screws somewhere safe where you can easily find them again
- slide or lift the casing away from the body of the computer. every computer case is a little different, you may have to experiment a little to find the right angle
- spray the inside of the computer starting from the middle and spraying out. hold the can about four inches from whatever surface you are spraying
(Pro Tip: this can produce a surprising amount of dust. you may want to have vacuum handy to suck up the dust as it exists the computer. Don’t vacuum the inside of the computer though, you might accidentally suck up something important!)
- spray canned air through any fans, spraying from the inside out
- for extra cleanliness, dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and use it to wipe down fan blades
(Pro Tip: to avoid damaging delicate electronics do not use water or cleaning sprays)
- slide the casing back into place. again, every computer is different and this can take some finesse
- reinstall the screw you removed in step 4
- plug in all the cables you unplugged in step 2
- turn your computer on and get back to work
This is a basic cleaning procedure. If your computer needs a deeper clean, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, call your local technical support team or contact Technology Solutions at 207-368-2880. They have an air compressor on site and can clean your computer for you.