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DIY Computer Cleaning Tips

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Keeping your computer clean is essential not only for its appearance but also for its functionality and longevity. Dust, debris, and other contaminants can build up over time, leading to overheating and potentially damaging your device. 

Cleaning your computer safely is an important part of making sure it lasts for years. Many of our customers are worried about damaging their computers by cleaning them the “wrong” way, so we want to share some of our favorite tips.

Keep reading to discover practical DIY computer cleaning tips that will help you safely and effectively clear out the dirt and keep your machines in top condition. From tackling keyboard grime to ensuring your vents are free of dust, these straightforward steps will enhance your computer’s performance and extend its lifespan.

Is your computer acting up and you’re not sure if cleaning it will help? Click below to schedule your repair with us or stop by our storefront located in downtown Warsaw, IN.

8 Steps To Completely Clean Your Computer

1. Turn It Off & Unplug

Safety first! Always turn off your laptop or desktop computer and unplug it from the power source before you begin cleaning. This will help ensure your safety and prevent any accidental damage.

2. Use Compressed Air

When it comes to cleaning out dust and light debris, a can of compressed air can be your best friend. Dust accumulates in vents and fans, blocking airflow and causing your computer to overheat.

You can use compressed air to blow dust away from hard-to-reach areas like the spaces in between the keys on your keyboard, vents, and internal components. Just be sure to always hold the can upright to avoid releasing the liquid, you just want the air itself!

3. Wipe Surfaces With Microfiber Cloths

Don’t use paper towels or other rags to clean your computer monitors and other surfaces. Using a microfiber cloth ensures you won’t scratch the screen or leave lint behind.

4. Gently Clean Stubborn Surfaces

If a dry cloth isn’t doing the trick, you can mix isopropyl alcohol in a 1:1 ratio with water and lightly dampen a microfiber cloth to clean stubborn spots. This can be particularly effective if you’re dealing with sticky residue as it also evaporates quickly, reducing the risk of moisture damage.

5. Don’t Spray Cleaners Directly On Electronics

Never spray any liquid directly onto any part of your computer (or other electronic devices). Always apply the cleaning solution to a microfiber cloth first to prevent extra moisture from seeping into sensitive components and causing damage.

6. Fully Clean Your Keyboard

Your keyboard is the part of your computer you touch the most, and can harbor a variety of bacteria as well as quickly catch dirt, dust, and other debris in between the keys.

Gently detach your keyboard (if not using a laptop) and use compressed air to blow the dust out from between each key. For a deeper clean, use cotton swabs lightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol clean around each key.

7. Your Vacuum Is Your Friend

If you have a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner, you can use it to gently remove dust from larger open areas, fans, and vents on our computer. If you choose to do this, be careful not to touch any delicate internal components with the brush, as they can easily be damaged.

8. Follow A Regular Maintenance Schedule

Set a regular cleaning schedule based on your usage habits and the environment in which you use your computer. Typically, cleaning your computer every six months is ideal, but you might need to do it more often if you are in a particularly dusty area or have pets.

Get Computer Help At The Lab

Following these tips will not only keep your computer looking good but also enhance its performance and extend its operational lifespan. Regular cleaning can prevent a lot of common hardware issues caused by dust and debris accumulation.

If you do need a computer repair, we can help! The Lab in Warsaw, IN provides comprehensive repair solutions for a wide range of electronic devices, including computers!

Schedule a repair appointment online using the button below, or stop in and see us at our storefront in downtown Warsaw during regular business hours.

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