Is your computer still running slow even after upgrading your operating system and running all sorts of virus scans? You’d be surprised to know the culprit might be something as simple as dust. An uninterrupted airflow is essential for your computer to perform its job efficiently. Dust particles prevent it from doing so, which in turn results in overheating and possible hardware failure. If you do not clean your computer regularly, dust can accumulate in various places on the inside such as the air vents, cooling fans, heat sinks, memory modules etc. The clogging of fans due to dust and debris causes increased friction which results in rapid wear and tear. Moreover, other contaminants such as pet hair, cigarette smoke, and carpet fibers can also wreak havoc on your computer’s performance.
Restricted airflow due to the build-up of dirt can directly affect the power supply, graphics cards, and even the motherboard. As all processors need to dissipate heat, insulation of the nearby area due to dust can cause serious harm to the system. Other parts of your computer susceptible to damage by lack of cleanliness include the LCD, keyboard and optical drive lens. In order to avoid these issues, it is important to pay attention to your computer’s upkeep and general maintenance.
Now that we have established the risks associated with an unkempt computer, let’s move on towards the basic methods to keep it clean. Even though it sounds hard, it is not a difficult task if you pay attention to details. A can of compressed air is your best friend for cleaning a computer as it can effectively clean all parts, whether external or internal. At first, clean the external parts thoroughly before moving on to the inside of the computer as it requires one to be extremely careful. Start with unplugging your keyboard and turning it upside down to remove any large particle stuck between the keys. Proceed by using the canned air to dislodge any small pieces of debris. Finally, use a microfiber cloth or paper towels to wipe the surface clean. Do not spray or pour any liquid directly on the keys in order to avoid water damage. A slightly damp microfiber cloth should be used to clean your computer’s screen. Do not rub too hard or use harsh solvents