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I haven't cleaned the dust out of my computer in a few years. Can you help me achieve a brand-new type of clean?

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UPDATE:

 

Well, I cleaned my computer! It feels goooooooood! I am pretty sure the last time I cleaned my computer was when I upgraded to Sandy Bridge, and that was back in July of 2011. Seriously, I honestly can't recall ever cleaning my computer since that time. I think I've finally reconnected with my computer.

 

:wubsmiley

 

I also finally feel free to upgrade parts because before it was like, "Oh god, I'd have to clean my computer first. No way." So now the only thing that stands in my way is money. :) I also finally feel comfortable and safe and relaxed whenever I use my computer to its fullest potential, or when I want to adjust fan speeds. Y'know?

 

It was also fun to look at my clean computer and be reminded of how beautiful it is in there with the colors and parts I have in there. It's no "million dollar PC" by any means, but it's the best computer I've ever had and I have always taken great pride in its cleanliness, beauty, and in my cable management. It's great to have that again. It's almost surreal that I have even done this because I sorta jumped on it without even really planning ahead. I just kinda fell into it and now it's done. Perhaps the best part is, I will be cleaning my computer like weekly or bi-weekly just like I used to because now I can!! I no longer have this giant cleaning project standing in my way! Woo-hoo!

 

@Chargeit, thanks to you, this was the first time I have ever used a paintbrush to help me clean my computer and it made the job MUCH easier. Thank you! For the first time ever, I cleaned my computer without blowing air at all. It was 100% suction the whole time. I used only two things to clean my computer: the paintbrush and my awesome Soniclean Galaxy 1150 canister vacuum with my Kirby horse hair duster brush attachment. It's a very premium duster brush, but the paintbrush still helped tremendously. The paintbrush I found seems to be a very nice one that has genuine soft horse hairs for bristles. I like it!

 

That simple paintbrush enabled me to do the entire job in my room, and that alone made the entire job much easier. I was originally planning to take it outside for a while, and doing so was actually a lot more difficult than it sounds because there's a lot involved in what I wanted to do. Plus, it's hot and humid out there. I think that if it weren't for your recommendation to use a paintbrush, then I probably would've put this off until another time when the weather isn't so hot and humid. Of course, that procrastination would've lead to more procrastination, and then I never would've done it. The job was far easier all because of that paintbrush. lol It also enabled me to get certain things much cleaner than usual, and I'd say that I pretty much achieved my "brand-new type of clean"! So yeah, thank you!

 

@Zero4549 I thank you too for making the recommendation to use a long-bristled brush because combining that with Chargeit's recommendation to use a paintbrush was like, "Wow. That's the perfect long-bristled brush! Yes!!!"

 

I didn't simply clean the interior of my computer either. I meticulously cleaned the entire area where my computer lives, which was quite a project all by itself. That area has been undisturbed since I moved in, which was August of 2014. I vacuum my floor frequently, but I've never gone past a certain point because I kept thinking that a day would come where I'd clean the computer. lol

 

To everyone else: I thank you with all my heart for caring and for helping out in any way that you can. Even though I didn't do anything everyone else was talking about, I think your posts will come in handy for me at some point in the future when I'm feeling up to doing a much more extreme cleaning. :) You all are great. Thanks, guys!!

 

 

 


 

I don't remember the last time I cleaned out the dust in my computer, and I know from experience that after a few years dust becomes permanent and requires wiping with a wet cloth (it can't be blown off). I plan to do that where I can, but what do I do about things like heatsinks where there's no way I can get in the small spaces with a wet cloth? Or how about the fancy heatsinks on my ASUS P8P67 EVO? How about the sides of the fan blades on my GTX 780 that face toward the heatsink? I want to make it like these things are brand new, fresh out of the box.

 

If these things were waterproof, then I'd just hose them off. Since I can't do that, what are my options for a brand-new type of clean? Or is a brand-new type of clean out of reach for me now? Will I have to settle for only cleaning where I can reach?

 

Or, can I use my dishwasher like I've seen people do? If so, then can you show me any good tutorials for that?

 

 

Note: I don't smoke or have any pets. This is just normal everyday dust.


Edited by TwoCables - 7/14/16 at 10:56am
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Not gonna lie, aside from taking my radiator out every once in a while my PC just gets Data-Vac blasted outside.
If I really wanted to be super anal and wipe it down, then I guess I'd break out the micofiber clothes and some isopropyl alcohol - though that can kill finish on your HSF if you've got a polished one.
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I have used my dish washer for heatsinks (noctuas). Just make sure you let them cool down before getting grabby.

Mobo can go through the dishwasher too.

Fans, well those are just a lot of elbow grease.

Go buy a lotto ticket Candy_Van

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Not gonna lie, aside from taking my radiator out every once in a while my PC just gets Data-Vac blasted outside.
If I really wanted to be super anal and wipe it down, then I guess I'd break out the micofiber clothes and some isopropyl alcohol - though that can kill finish on your HSF if you've got a polished one.

 

Meh, I have always just used plain distilled water, but now I want to know if there's a way to do a deep clean. I mean hey, if not, then ok cool. :) However, I'm curious.

 

I do plan to blast the hell out of it with my Kirby Generation 3's reverse airflow because holy crap that thing's powerful.

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are we talking heatsinks that can be removed? if so i always take them off and use break parts cleaner. then i use a toothbrush for the other more sensitive areas. watch some of techyescitys videos on youtube. he cleans the hell out of components and they seem to work great still.
    
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I've have used my dish washer for heatsinks (noctuas). Just make sure you let them cool down before getting grabby.

Mobo can go through the dishwasher too.

Fans, well those are just a lot of elbow grease.

Go buy a lotto ticket Candy_Van

 

Hmm... I might be getting in over my head. Not sure yet. :)

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Datavac (or the newer, cheaper, more powerful X-Power) electric dusters will go a long way in helping you clean your system. I highly suggest you buy one.

As for the really stuck on stuff in hard to reach places, you're going to want a long bristled brush.
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If I were to put my motherboard through a dishwasher cleaning, does it need to sit for several hours or could I just dry it for a few minutes with a hair dryer?

I havent done that but read about it. Seems like as long as you remove the bios battery it should be fine though. I would let it sit overnight at a spot with good airflow just to be safe that its dry.
 
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Datavac (or the newer, cheaper, more powerful X-Power) electric dusters will go a long way in helping you clean your system. I highly suggest you buy one.

As for the really stuck on stuff in hard to reach places, you're going to want a long bristled brush.

 

It could be several months before I could afford to make any such purchases. :/

 

Hey, I think I have a brush with long bristles. Thank you. That might be all I really need. I might have to accept that I'm not going to get every last speck of dust. lol

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Oh boy guys, I might have to just do a "good enough" cleaning. Wow. Removing heatsinks and all that seems like I might be looking at biting off more than I can chew. We'll see though. I mean damn, once I do a "good enough" job and put my computer back together, I'll probably be motivated to do another cleaning soon after that's much more thorough. Like, after I've had a good night's sleep. :)

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