Our PCs often get dusty and overheat after daily use. But compressed air is expensive, and can often be difficult to find. Luckily there are cheaper alternatives on hand to help restore your PC to its full working capacity. Here’s how to clean your PC without compressed air.
How To Use A Vacuum Cleaner To Clean Dust From PC Without Compressed Air
Some vacuum cleaners have two settings – sucking up air and blowing it out. Check that your vacuum has this second setting and use this to clean your PC. You’ll need access to the internal fans and heatsink of your PC in order to benefit from this feature. Open up your computer’s case and use your vacuum’s air blowing function to clear dust and debris from around the fans and heatsink. The air pressure won’t be as strong as a compressed air can but is still going to clear a decent amount of dust from around your fans to stop them overheating.
How To Use Some Good Old Fashioned Cleaning To Clean Dust From PC Without Compressed Air
The simplest way to remove dust from the inner workings of your PC is to clean it. Use a dry brush to clean the heatsink. If you clean your fan the same way, just be careful not to damage the blades – press gently. You can also use this opportunity to clean the CPU, motherboard, graphics card and power supply. Some people use a cotton swab dampened with water or even alcohol. If you’re using liquids, make sure to let the components dry for a few hours (at least three) before placing them back in your machine.
How To Use A Hand Blower To Clean Dust From PC Without Compressed Air
A hand blower (or silicone blower), is a tiny air blower that relies on you squeezing the container to push out the air inside. They are easy to find on Amazon for under £10, and can be used on anything from sunglasses to PCs. You’ll need to carefully dismantle your PC in the same way as you did for the vacuum and blow some air onto the heatsink and fan. These little devices are great for clearing dust, and the pressure generated by the hand pump is more than enough to clean your PC.
How To Use A Fan To Clean Dust From PC Without Compressed Air
Anything that works like a portable fan can be used to clear out the debris from your PC. A portable fan is an ideal way to blow away that dirt and dust. Just remember that if you’re using anything that blows out or circulates hot air, use it at a decent distance. It might seem like a good idea to clear dust from your PC using your mum’s hair dryer, but in the long term you could burn your heatsink, instead of cleaning it.
So if you don’t have a can of compressed air to hand, there are tonnes of workarounds you can use in your home. From portable fans to a simple clean, your PC can be restored to its former working glory without breaking the bank. Just make sure the air that’s being blown out of your device doesn’t work against you and make your computer even hotter.