Tips on Keeping Your Home Computer Clean

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Most likely if you are reading this article you will already have a home PC; in this article you will find various tips on cleaning your home PC externally and internally.

Before I start I want to advise you that if you have a home PC I only recommend you open up the computer case if you have experience with internal parts of the computer. Although I will also give you tips on how to avoid damaging the components of the PC. initially most people will be afraid to open up the computer case but there are only a few precautions which you need to follow when opening up your case, you will first want to ensure that everything is unplugged from your computer especially the power supply, you will also want to make sure you are grounded by either touching something metallic or by using a bracelet which will kill any static you are carrying so you will not have to worry about damaging the components inside your PC.

Once you have followed the steps above you may notice if you never cleaned the inside of your case out there could be a large amount of dust within the case and fans inside of your computer, there are various reasons why this dust can be harmful to your computer. The dust that collects in your computer will trap heat that comes off of the various components within your computer and this will shorten the lifespan of these parts and has been known to cause fires, the dust can also trap small amounts of static electricity which could damage the components.

There are a few different ways you can clean the components in your PC, you can use either a small brush like a paintbrush to loosen the dust from the components or you can use a low powered vacuum that is powered with batteries, you don’t want to use a powerful vacuum such as one to clean rugs as it could cause damage to the chips and components.

If you are comfortable with handling your computer such as taking out all of the components like the video card, and other various cards that plug into the PCI or AGP slots you can take these cards out and clean them with brushes. If you are a novice user you can simply clean around these with the brush. It’s important to keep the inside of your computer free of dust to keep the system running cool and efficiently.

Desktop computers can get dirty inside so make sure to clean them out regularly, also keep your monitors clean as well to limit any glare or marks that could obstruct your view.