Nine Steps To Properly Clean Your Home Computer (PC) - Part One
In one of our previous articles I discussed why you need to clean your computer on a regular basis. In this article we will go through the steps to properly clean your PC just like a professional would.
In Part One we will be concentrating on the PC unit itself. I will be submitting other articles on how to clean other components (peripherals) such as keyboard’s, mouse’s, printer’s ect…
The main thing is to take your time - don’t rush this procedure. Use good common sense.
Let’s start first with some of the supplies that you will need:…
- A can of compressed air
- A good household plastic or metal cleaning fluid (Endust for Electronics works great)
- A small paint brush
- An anti-static rag
That’s pretty much it as far as the materials go.
Here we go!
Step One: . . . . .
Read your owner's manual. Sometimes the manufacturer will provided specific instructions on how to clean your PC. If this is the case follow the manufacturer’s cleaning procedure.
Step Two: . . . . .
Shut down the computer. I know this is common sense but… Make sure the computer is turned off, however leave it plugged in to your surge suppressor.
Step Three: . . . . .
Disconnect all other components (peripherals) from the computer. Disconnect keyboard, mouse, printer, speakers, ect…
Step Four: . . . . .
Remove the computer’s outer cover, this is usually done by taking out the screws along the sides and bottom, however each machine is different and some may even snap apart.
(see your owner's manual for instructions). NEVER USE A MAGNETIC SCREWDRIVER AROUND YOUR COMPUTER!!!
Step Five: . . . . .
Ground yourself to the computer with a professional grounding strap or you can ground yourself by touching a metal part of the chassis. Static electricity is your number one concern at this point. You can actually transfer static electricity to your system and damage components.
Step Six: . . . . .
Spray compressed air on the fan blades, power supply chassis, drive chassis and circuit boards.
Step Seven: . . . . .
Gently and lightly brush off any dust that the compressed air wasn’t able to dislodge. Brush any remaining dust out from the bottom of the computer chassis.
Step Eight: . . . . .
Spray your cleaning fluid onto an anti-static rag or use Endust for Electronics and wipe the inside and outside of the computer cover thoroughly. Make sure there is no moisture left anywhere in the case.
NEVER SPRAY CLEANING FLUID DIRECTLY IN OR ONTO ANY COMPONENT
Step Nine: . . . . .
Replace the computer’s cover and reconnect the components (peripherals).
Quick Tips & Some Warnings For Success!
- If at all possible, try to work in an uncarpeted area or stand on a rubber mat.
- Be careful not to touch any chips. Touch as little as possible inside your machine. Static damage (and even oil damage) may cause a failure months after the incident.
- Some sources recommend using a regular or specialty electronics vacuum cleaner. These appliances could cause magnetic damage or static electricity, or dislodge or inhale poorly secured chips or components.
- NEVER SPRAY CLEANING FLUID DIRECTLY IN OR ONTO ANY COMPONENT.
- NEVER USE A MAGNETIC SCREWDRIVER AROUND YOU COMPUTER!!!
Just remember to use good old fashioned common sense when performing any type of computer service. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself then it may be wise to pay a professional. If you live in or around Southwest Lower Michigan or Northern Indiana I would be glad to perform these services for you see our link below.
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