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January, 2023 Edition
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Prep Your PC Hardware for the New Year

Your PC is a giant dust collector. The static charge from electronic components makes your PC a magnet for dust. Regular cleaning can reduce problems from jammed fans and overheating. You can do this cleaning yourself or visit a local computer store for help.

Here is a list of things you will need if you do it yourself.

  • A well-ventilated area.
  • Compressed air. A can or small mini vac with a blower will work. A compressor works, but be careful not to exceed a safe psi.
  • Microfiber cloth
  • You may need a screwdriver to remove your PC case.

Optional Items:

  • Q-tips
  • Mask or respirator
  • Anti-static wristband
  • Cable ties
  • Vacuum

PC Case
Regular cleaning. Do this every 3-6 months (or more often if necessary).
Wipe down your computer case. Remove any dust with a soft dry cloth; microfiber cloths work well. Wipe down the monitor screen for dust. If necessary, a little lens cleaner may be helpful, but read your monitor's user manual to be safe.

Keyboard and mouse
Turn your computer off before cleaning your keyboard or mouse to avoid inadvertently starting programs. Wipe down your keyboard and mouse. Tip your keyboard upside down and gently tap the bottom to remove small particles. Use compressed air to blow around the keys. A cotton swab works well to get around the keys. A post note ran between the keys (sticky side down) may collect stubborn debris.

Inside your PC.
Turn off and unplug your PC. You may want to mark any cables you remove so they are easy to plug back in. Move it to a well-ventilated area. A mask may protect you from dust when you clean the inside of your PC. Avoid static shock to your components by using an Anti-static wristband. You can also ground yourself and touch the case. Remove the side or sides of your pc, and use a screwdriver if necessary.

Blow out the inside of your computer using compressed air. You can blow air directly on most components without issue. Be careful not to touch fans and other elements with tools. Compressed air can generate large amounts of dust, and a vacuum may be helpful.

Use cable ties to tidy up any stray cables inside your PC. If you find any frayed or loose wires, have them replaced. Inspect fans for blockages or broken blades.

Replace the covers on your PC and re-attach all cables. Plug your PC into an outlet and turn it on. Monitor the boot process for errors. If there are no errors, your PC hardware is ready for use. Visit the software guide on our blog to be sure your PC is running at its best.

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