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ah crap, sorry bout that dude, totally forgot about that one (5.43am here and losing consciousness fast). Then without having to purchase more cans, I would go with a damp cloth to clean the blades and use cue tips for the tight spaces e.g. part of blade near the hub. Will take quite some time though. That's usually how i clean my fans and it works well enough for me.


yeah, i got the blades cleaned, but the little small areas where the cloth cant reach is still pretty dusty.

TBH, it sounds like a lot of work and i decided to just wait untill i get the cans lol.
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it is alot of work. alot alot of work. I've tried with compressed air as well but sometimes the dust is really caked onto the blades and cant be removed even with air. So i usually just wipe the tight areas with cue tips or wrap the head of a flathead screwdriver in cloth and start wiping till i don't get any stains on the cloth
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post #13 of 17
I'll admit I am a smoker, so my gear requires constant cleaning/scrubbing to keep it dust/residue free. About once every couple of months, I take out all of my gear, everything, and clean it...usually takes a few days...over a week if I am lazy. What I end up having to do with the fans is the cotton swab/Q-tip and alcohol, and a ton of patience. I usually throw on a movie or an episode of The Tek or something while I am doing it. Each fan can take quite some time to do, if you want them to look like new again. A small stiff-bristled brush (I use a small hair brush and paint brushes) can really help to remove the bulk of dust, and then cotton swabs and alcohol for the nooks and crannies, and cleaning it up like new. Some fans can be disassembled for much easier cleaning...most can actually, but some are much easier than others. I don't usually take mine apart, though I will from time to time if they haven't been cleaned in awhile. I will lube them if I do take them apart though. Make sure to wipe away excess, or the lube can pick up dust and dirt as well. Unfortunately, I haven't come across an easier way. The easiest way is to blow the dust out with air often enough it doesn't have time to build up, though I can't really avoid it because the smoke in the air makes the dust stick...making the compressed air largely ineffective.
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You're more diligent than me then. in the 3 yrs since i've started building computers, I've only cleaned my fans twice. Smoker here too.
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I.have some comp air that I use then I use a micro fibre cloth and some screen cleaner.
Spray some on.the cloth.and wipe the fan blades.
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I have a DataVac 500, but for cleaning fans I use kleenex and leftover 70% alcohol from the old days (the 91% I use on heatsinks). Elbow grease and used toothbrushes for the small bits.

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post #17 of 17
I just use vacuum cleaner. I stop the fan from spinning with my finger and try to get good seal so more pressure is applied. Gets the blades pretty clean. Way cleaner than trying to wipe them with cloth.
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