15 Actionable tips to clean your computer & keep it dust-free Today!

Other than the heat, one of your biggest enemies to long-lasting computer components is DUST.

When dust finds its way into your computer case (and, it always does) it gets trapped on your case filters which lessens the airflow. It gets into your fan turbines and reduces the cool air leading to increased heat and potential power surges.

But, what if there was a way to prevent dust from ruining your PC components? Heck, what if there were 15 ways to decrease the dust in your home and your computer room?

Lucky for you, that is precisely what I will be sharing with you in this post: 15 Actionable tips to keep your computer clean and dust-free TODAY.

Table of Contents

  1. Reduce the amount of pet dander by bathing and grooming your pets regularly
  2. Rearrange your PC room
  3. Use compressed air to removed dust from your computer parts
  4. Reduce cobwebs of cabling by tying cables down with cable ties
  5. Use the correct cable sizes as it will help with cable management
  6. Get rid of bread crumbs and dirt on the keyboard
  7. Get rid of dirt on your Mouse
  8. Clean your computer screen to get improved visuals
  9. Dirt trapped in your mousepad may be making you go in circles, get rid of it!
  10. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe down your computer
  11. Install an air humidifier in your home to keep the atmosphere moist
  12. Wipe down your computer desk regularly
  13. Forgo Carpets
  14. Dust mites are lurking on your blinds and curtains, clean them regularly
  15. Wash down your linen weekly (If your PC room is in the bedroom)

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1. Reduce the amount of pet dander by bathing and grooming your pets regularly

While the amount of dust dead skin cells produce is unclear, dead skin adds to the dust accumulated in your home. Pet dander is the added “benefit” that comes with little scruffy or Ms. Fur-balls. It is the dead skin cells that animals shed as your pets go about their day. Over time, pet dander accumulates and comes bundled with dead fur as the cherry on top. Giving your pets regular baths and grooming them can help decrease the amount of fur the dead skin cells they produce.

Here are the steps to follow

  1. Give your animals baths regularly. Once a week is a good start. Water is a good way to keep dust at bay, the dead fur and skin cells get soaked up by the water giving them no chance to become airborne.
  2. Buy a pet brush and brush your pets daily. Petting your pets with your hands isn’t as effective when trying to get rid of dead fur and skin cells. Before brushing your pets, make sure to take them outside the house. Doing this will avoid having the fur scattered around in the house.
  3. Consider taking your pets for grooming. This will keep the amount of fur accumulated to a minimum
Pet dander
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2. Rearrange your PC room

Doing regular deep cleans can help with keeping the amount of dust at bay. Rearranging your room enables you to locate dust and dirt that has placed itself in areas that are usually hard to reach. When doing a deep clean make certain that the computer is out of the room. This will help you avoid dust re-entering your PC.

Here are the steps to follow

  1. Unplug and remove the PC from the room.
  2. Remove the furniture from the room so you can get to the corners that are otherwise unreachable when the furniture is in the room.
  3. Clean the room with the windows open to ventilate the room. If you live in a dusty area, working with the windows closed may be a good idea.
  4. Use a wet cloth or a feature duster to remove dust from the furniture.

3. Use compressed air to removed dust from your computer parts

Over time, your PC becomes a dust accumulation and production machine. This doesn’t just cause harm to your computer parts, it also causes harm to you as you spend your days chilling at the computer desk. We recommend dusting the inside of your computer case once every 2 months to decrease the awful effects of dust entering your nasal cavity.

Here are the steps you need to take

  1. Unplug your computer and take it outside the house. By doing this you are avoiding the dust from re-entering your computer once you turn it on again.
  2. Buy a toolkit. We recommend the IFIXIT toolkit as it comes with all the tools you need to open the computer case.
  3. Unscrew the side panels (and always keep tabs on all the screws)
  4. Use short bursts of compressed air to blow out the dust in the computer case before unscrewing the components. This can be dust laying on graphics cards, the power supply, air filters, and laying at the bottom of the computer case.
  5. Unscrew the individual PC components to get to each part. (This is only recommended if you put the PC together yourself. To avoid damaging your parts we recommend consulting a professional for help)
  6. Use compressed air to blow the dust off the wind turbines of the power supply, case fans, and any other fans that may have dust on them such as the CPU cooler. When blowing air onto the turbines, hold the turbines to prevent them from spinning as that may damage the fan.
  7. Use short bursts of compressed air to get the dust off of the components on the motherboard. Using long shots of compressed air may damage the components.
  8. Put everything back together when you have completed the dusting process.
Dirty computer case
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4. Reduce cobwebs of cabling by tying cables down with cable ties

You may think that tying down your cables is a waste of time as you never see them as the case is always sealed but I beg to differ. Tying cables works wonders when considering cleaning up your PC in the future. In my experience, less dust accumulates as it falls to the base of your computer case.

Benefits of using cable ties

  1. Cable ties keep everything organized and neat. This will help avoid cables interfering with fans and the airflow in the case.
  2. You’ll have less dust trapped inside your computer case.

Here are the steps to follow

  1. Buy a pack of 4mm cable ties (Pick a color that suits you). 4mm cable ties work best as they can fit around most cables used to assemble your computer.
  2. Disconnect all the cables you wish to tie down. Take note of where all the cables are connected. You can do this by writing labels and wrapping them around the cables.
  3. Grab a bundle of cables and coil them up in a neat fashion. Take a cable tie and wrap it around the bundle. Once you have all the cables wrapped and tied with a cable tie, use scissors to cut the access of the cable tie.
  4. Repeat these steps for the rest of the cables that could use some tying down.

5. Use the correct cable sizes as it will help with cable management

It is a common act to purchase cables without knowing the specific sizes you need. Cobwebs of cables lying around cause cutter which can contribute to the amount of dust that gets trapped in your room. Picking the correct cable sizes helps reduce clutter which may help reduce dust as well.

Here are the steps to follow

  1. Use a string to determine the perfect length of the cable you need.
  2. Use a measuring tape to measure the length of the string. This will help you figure out what size to ask for when purchasing the cables.
Robot vacuum with messy cables
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6. Get rid of bread crumbs and dirt on the keyboard

The habit of eating while sitting in front of the computer is a common act to many of us. The problem with this is the grime, crumbs, and dirt it leaves on the keyboard, mouse pad, and mouse. The keyboard is good at trapping bread crumbs. This can cause some keys to work awkwardly or to seize working altogether.

Here are the steps to follow

  1. Flip your keyboard over and give it a light tap on the back to get some of the crumbs to fall out willingly. Some of the crumbs are stubborn and you’ll need to do some extra work to deal with those.
  2. Next up, use a can of compressed air to get rid of the stubborn lads. Using short bursts, target the openings of the keyboard. Doing this will help get rid of crumbs and some other dirt that you were unaware of.
    Alternatively, you can unscrew your keyboard and get up close and personal. This is if you wish to do a deep clean (Just keep tabs on the screws). This is only recommended if you have worked with electronics before.
  3. Lastly, take a clean cloth and some isopropyl alcohol, and some Q-tips. Use these to get rid of grime and oil residue. Dampen the cloth in the alcohol, careful not to soak the cloth. Run the cloth over the keys and wipe them down until they begin to shine. Use the Q-tips to get to places the cloth can’t. Dampen the Tips and run them between the keys.

Viola, you should have a well-cleaned Keyboard.

dirty keyboard
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7. Get rid of dirt on your Mouse

If your keyboard had grime and oil residue chances are that your mouse has a good chunk of grime on it. Give it the love it needs too. If you use a ball mouse then you may need to clean it internally but this tip is for optical mouse users.

Here are the steps to follow.

  1. Grab a can of compressed air and use short bursts on the nooks and crannies of your mouse. This will blow out the dirt that a cloth can’t reach.
  2. Take a clean cloth and dampen it with some isopropyl alcohol. Wipe it down until you’re convinced that it has been cleaned thoroughly. Signs of this are a shiny mouse with no fingerprints and oil stains on it.
Dirty mouse
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8. Clean your computer screen to get improved visuals

We can’t forget your screen as it accumulates dust while it sits motionless on your desk. Having said that, the screen may be easier to clean as it hardly has fingerprint stains on it.

Here are the steps to follow.

  1. Wipe your screen down with a dry cloth to get rid of the dust on the screen. Alternatively, you can use a feather duster but this can cause more dust to spread into the air so we recommend a lint-free cloth.
  2. Use a damp cloth to get some of the dirt (if any) off of the surface of the computer screen. If plain water doesn’t cut it, consider adding some vinegar into the water. Using cleaning solutions may cause damage to your screen so don’t use them at all!

9. Dirt trapped in your mousepad may be making you go in circles, get rid of it!

Dirt from your hands gets trapped in the mouse pad, mouse, and keyboard. Cycling through the three increases dirt. If your mouse pad is rubber or plastic you can use a cloth and isopropyl alcohol to wipe it clean. If you have a mousepad that’s made out of fabric then run a soapy bath and give it a thorough clean. Use the air-dry technique in place of using sunlight to avoid unwanted stains. If you want to speed up the drying process, place the mouse pad near a dry air fan.

10. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe down your computer

Wiping down the outside of your computer case is probably the first place to begin when cleaning your computer. Use a damp lint-free cloth to get the dirt off the surface of the case. During tip number 3, you can run your computer through a cold soapy bath when all the components and electronics are out the case. Be sure to leave your case out for 48 hours before placing all the components back in to avoid access water damaging your components.

11. Install an air humidifier in your home to keep the atmosphere moist

This is a major one, dry rooms call for static, and static may cause dust to cling on surfaces a lot harder. Installing a humidifier can help decrease the static build-up. A humidifier keeps the room humid. Dust cannot prevail in humid environments.

Air purifier
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12. Wipe down your computer desk regularly

When the dust has worn itself out from spiraling in the air it settles. Either on your carpet, on ornaments, or surfaces including your computer desk. The airflow from your computer intakes dust and expels it onto your desk. This process happens over and over again. Wiping your desk down regularly can decrease the amount of dust going in and out of your computer.

Here’s the step to follow

  1. Simply use a wet cloth to wipe your desk. You can use some soapy water if you are looking to get stains off your desk.

13. Forgo Carpets

Carpets are known to be leaders at trapping dust. The tricky part is that the dust gets reignited every time you step on the carpet or vacuum it. This may be a drastic tip but these tips can do good on your efforts of containing the amount of dust entering your PC.

Here are the steps you need to take.

  1. Consider picking flooring that is easy to wipe such as tiles, wood, stone, or vinyl.
  2. Wipe the hard surface floor every day. This can be done using regular cleaning detergents and water. Water is your companion when battling dust. Cleaning your floors every day will decrease the amount of dust in your home. Thus, reduce the amount of dust that goes into your PC.
Dirty Carpet
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14. Dust mites are lurking on your blinds and curtains, clean them regularly

For more assurance that dust won’t get into your computer, clean your blinds and your curtains routinely. Curtains and blinds bring in the most dust. This is because they are by the windows where air enters. Consider cleaning these regularly as this will improve your efforts of controlling dust.

15. Wash down your linen weekly (If your PC room is in the bedroom)

Dust mites prevail in your linen, bed, curtains, and carpets. Cleaning your linen routinely will help you get rid of dust mites and keep them at bay. Additionally, linen captures all the dead skin cells while you sleep which may cause dust build-up. If your computer is in your bedroom, consider giving your linen weekly cleans.

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Final words

Get started with one tip on this list and work your way up. Start small and build up momentum towards getting a dust-free environment for your computer.

Your computer is counting on you!

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