Accumulation of dust inside and on the computer can harm the overall performance and operation of the computer. Dust build-up on the computer case and inside the computer can clog the vents near the power supply and the fans themselves, resulting in overheating. There are several preventive measures for regular maintenance that will keep your computer free of dust, thereby prolonging its life and working condition. Use this article as a guide to keeping your computer clean.
Step 1. Hold the computer above floor level
When the computer is on the floor, it is more prone to collecting dust particles that are caused by walking and carpet.
Place the computer unit on a table, under the monitor, next to the monitor, or on a well-ventilated shelf on your computer desk
Step 2. Keep the computer away from cooling or heating vents
If the vents in your home or office are not cleaned regularly, they can dust your computer if it is nearby.
Step 3. Clean the area around the computer regularly
Dust from surrounding elements can enter the interior of the computer if not kept clean. These elements include plants, pets, cigarette smoke, and by-products such as sand and wood particles.
Vacuum and dust off the computer desk and nearby items, if necessary. The frequency of cleaning depends on the elements to which your computer is exposed
Step 4. Use compressed air to clean the inside of the computer from time to time
Most retailers sell compressed air cans designed specifically to work with electronics, computers, and motherboards.
- Turn off your computer and then unplug it from all electrical outlets.
- Allow the computer to cool down for at least 30 minutes before using compressed air to remove dust particles. This will prevent computer chips and other parts from damage that can result from temperature changes from the use of compressed air.
Step 5. Keep food and drinks away from your computer
By penetrating the keyboard and the inside of the computer, food particles can attract and increase the amount of dust.
Keep your computer or laptop away from the kitchen, even if there is no food or drink nearby. Grease and other cooking products are released into the air and can enter your computer, thereby collecting dust
Step 6. Wash your hands thoroughly before using your computer
Dust and other substances can transfer from dirty hands to your computer and build up over time.
- Keep pets away from your computer. Pets, especially those with long hair and dandruff, can significantly increase the amount of dust and hair that gets into your computer.
- Never blow your mouth on the computer while trying to remove dust. Unlike a can of compressed air, the force of the air from your mouth is not strong enough to blow away dust. Moreover, it can lead to the accumulation of even more dust.