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How to Prep for Cleaning Your Computer

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It doesn’t matter how clean your house is: your computer’s fans pull the air into your computer tower, and a lot of stuff gets pulled in with it. 

Whether it’s pet hair, cigarette ashes, or plain old dirt, your computer can get bogged down and struggle to keep itself cool. Keeping your computer clean is absolutely essential, but you need to do it correctly. We used our last two blogs to discuss a few different situations that require regular computer cleaning. Today, we want to equip you to clean your computer without regretting it.


What Tools Do I Need?

We want to start by telling you what you don’t need: a vacuum. The last thing you want when cleaning a computer is static electricity, and vacuums deliver huge volumes of it. Vacuums create so much static electricity, they can fry components. Leave the vacuum in the closet and invest in a can of compressed air.

The following list of tools features some optional items. Check it out!

  • Screwdrivers
  • Cloth
  • Compressed air
  • Small paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Thermal paste
  • Cotton swabs
  • Zip Ties
  • Pen or pencil

The paintbrush can be used to remove dust from tiny areas that can’t be reached by the straw on your compressed air can.


Once you’ve gathered your tools, it’s time to make sure your computer is ready to be cleaned. Never clean a computer with the power cable plugged in. Instead, unplug the power cable as well as any other cables, including audio, USB, and video. The case should stand alone without anything connected to it.


If you enjoy building computers, you’re probably very familiar with the interior of your computer’s tower, or case. At CaseLabs, we work hard to provide computer cases and accessories that make you want to work on your computer. Check out our selection and find the perfect fit today!

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