Is Using An Air Duster Worth It?

Posted by James Oakley on

We all strive to keep our kitchens and bathrooms clean and free of bacteria. How clean, however, are our offices, computers, and keyboards? Most of us spend a significant amount of time each week typing on a computer, but we rarely think to clean it. How filthy can our workstations get?

Computers, like everything else at home, gather dust and grime whether we use them daily or not, but the more we use them, the dirtier they get! Keeping your devices physically clean is as important as keeping them free from viruses and malware to maintain their cooling efficiency and all the internal parts working as new.

Computers have become a very personal tool in our lives, and we should treat them that way, exercising much-needed maintenance on a regular basis. In this article, we will teach you how to safely clean your computer to prolong its lifespan, make it more efficient and of course, to keep it clean and hygienic. 

Does Cleaning Your PC Make It Faster?

The more years go by, the more we build our lives around our electronic devices. Daily use inevitably leads to the buildup of dirt. When you don't clean your computer regularly, dust and debris accumulate around keys and moving components, causing them to malfunction. Besides dust, germs and bacteria that could make you sick can live on your computer.

The more time we spend in front of the computer, the more normal it seems to have lunch or snacks in front of it or to leave it always on and never cover it to protect it from dust. We are all guilty of this. Whether those are good behaviours or not, crumbs and pet hair remain inside your keyboard, dust keeps gathering on your board, and the diodes, transistors, sensors, and fans inside decay faster when dirty. So, what can you do?

The easy solution, cleaning it with what you have at home, doesn't seem to cut it. No matter how careful you are and how many toothpicks or cotton buds you employ for the task. There is always remaining grime that seems to want to stay. Plus, who dares to unscrew and open the board? That seems to be a job for the experts! Perhaps you don't want to mess with the internal components of your PC. 

Well, we're here to tell you that cleaning your computer is way easier than you think. You definitely don't have to be a computer scientist to perform the task perfectly without causing any damage. 

What Is An Air Duster?

Air dusters are the best solution to keep your laptop or PC free of dust. Easy to use and ready for you when you need them, air dusters remove dust and dirt from hard-to-reach areas, such as the inside of a laptop or between keyboard sets. Plus, each can lasts for multiple cleanings.

Air dusters are cans of compressed air used for cleaning or dusting electronic equipment and other devices that cannot be cleaned using water. When you press the trigger on the can, it blasts a compressed gas stream through a nozzle at the top. 

Despite its name, the cans don't actually contain air because liquid air cannot be stored in metal spray cans due to extreme temperature and pressure requirements. Instead, they contain other gases that can be compressible into liquids, are safe for their intended use and have low flammability. 

Steps To Clean Your Computer

Desktops and laptops deserve the same cleaning treatment. Dust accumulation can (and almost always does) affect your computer's performance in two ways: it causes the components to retain heat and makes it more difficult for the internal fans to dissipate heat from the system, lowering overall system efficiency.

For best performance, you can dust off your computer every 1 to 3 months. 

When using an air duster, always follow the instructions in the can. Remember that you are dealing with gases compressed in liquid form in the container. Always keep the air duster upright both for storage and for use. 

Cleaning Laptops 

  • Find openings on the back and the sides. This is where fans are placed to keep different elements of your device cool.
  • Tab the nozzle a few times directly on the openings and you will see the dust fly away from your CPU!
  • Tab the nozzle directly on the keyboard, covering all possible areas. Then turn the laptop on the side and repeat; this will help debris to come out.
  • Use a microfiber towel to collect the dirt that has come out. 
  • Use an antibacterial spray to finish the cleaning of the keyboard and screen.

Cleaning Your Desktop
  • Find a ventilated area, especially if you have never cleaned your desktop computer. You will be surprised to see the amount of dust they can gather, and you don't want to breathe that in. 
  • Take out the screws of the external case of your PC. Don't be afraid to do it; none of the functional components will be at risk. Remove the external case and wipe it with a cleaning wipe.
  • Keep the air duster upright and start tabbing away in all the nooks and crannies. Most of the build-up will be in the fans.
  • Some desktops have easily located dust filters. Remove them and clean them with the air duster in short bursts. Place them back on.
  • Put the cover back on and enjoy a faster, cool running computer again!

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