How often do you clean your computer?

By Shawn Knight · 103 replies
Feb 17, 2012
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  1. I clean the dust from my PC every six months, I do not really need to do it more often because it doesn't accumulate. I keep my case open, because the dust seems to cloud up when I put the lid.
  2. MCJeeba

    MCJeeba TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Whenever they get dirty.
  3. joys247

    joys247 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Not Enough

    Obviously I have failed to clean mine often enough since AVG allowed a backdoor trojan to activate on the system. Thought the purpose of AVG was to prevent attacks not just warn about them.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    The subject is cleaning hardware not software.

    I clean the dust out of my case every few months. I probably should create a schedule for cleaning both hardware and software.
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    every 3-4 months..these stock phenom ONE 9550 heatsinks get freaking LOUD. you have NO idea.
  6. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 191   +38

    I clean mine thoroughly every two months.

    Opening up the power supply is required if you want to clean it correctly, however PSU manufacturers will void your warranty for doing this. This has always bothered me. You can only get so much of the dust out by blasting air into it... I usually cave in and take the PSU apart to clean it out. If I don't, it gets on my nerves knowing that all that dust is residing in there...
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,016   +2,538

    I have 2 of my machines sitting next to a cat litter pan, and I'm using clay, clumping litter, should I move them....? :confused:

    You should actually read the article that this WOF is linked to. Basically, it talks about physically cleaning the inside of the computer, not performing an exorcism on it.

    If the double enterdre was intentional..good one... If it wasn't...whoa....facepalm....
  8. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    I give it a spray whenever i have leftovers in my air compressor.
  9. manish5

    manish5 TS Rookie

    i clean pc case once in 6 month's
  10. When I make an upgrade ^^
    It was like this for years; too much dust to actually clean the entire box, I would need to carry it somewhere to blow the dust out, but have no special place to do this and not want to do it in the room where it sits. Anyway, the entire box is something like 30kg and I'm not the superman type of guy ;)
  11. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    Once in 3 months
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    5-6 times a year, i.e. about every 8/9 weeks I take it apart, clean it, then put it back together. I must admit that I have done this only once in last few months as I don't get the chance to use it these days.
  13. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    Every couple of months (or less) for me for my systems.

    I tore down an old (7+ years) HP Compaq laptop for a friend and did a full clean and applied fresh thermal paste, and who would have thought the thing works like new now. Previously it would power off by itself after about 15-20 minutes of uptime, and when I opened it up it was a nightmare. NO idea how those fans were still spinning. XD
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,016   +2,538

    Well, they say the more we use are brains the more they will develop, perhaps at the expense of physical abilities and strength. Which brings me to my question, "how smart to you have to be before you can't lift 70 pounds"......?

    Seriously though dude, you need to put wheels under that sucker.
  15. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I tend to give the fans a clean every couple of weeks. I find the front fan on my HAF912+ really does suck dust inside the case. Then when its open for hardware replacement or disks or whatever I occasionally remove the hardware and give it a thorough clean everywhere -- that's usually 3-4 times a year.

    It especially builds up dust and crap on the front of the case, which a soft brush usually just wipes away. I do that most mornings.

    It's about due a full clean out now, as it happens. :haha:
  16. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 460

    My PC is not that dusty; I don't have any carpets in my room nor do I have curtains so no dust gets stuck anywhere. About once or twice a year
  17. I throw my system in the wash for an 1 hour @ 350° every leap year.
  18. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +169

    If I open my PC to upgrade it and I see too much dust, I'll blow a into it with my mouth. Then I cough.
  19. I clean mine with the hoover every time i hoover my bedroom
  20. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    My computer has a nice environment. My room is as clean and dust-free as possible, because I have severe Athsma. The floor is lino instead of carpet, and there are no rugs or anything. Everything is hoovered and dusted regularly.

    The computer has dust filters on every intake port. I clean the outside of the case with micro-fibre cloths and I hoover the dust filters. Sometimes I take it outside and blast the **** out of it with compressed air.

    Feels good to have a nice, clean computer :D
  21. BakaRed77

    BakaRed77 TS Rookie

    I have the Antec DF-85 case, I clean the vents about once a week(dusty house -_-) and clean the inside about once every three months with my DataVac Blower.
  22. Every 6 months is all you need to do if your system isn't being pushed to hard (over clocking etc)
  23. Knutz

    Knutz TS Rookie

    After reading some of these comments I might be over doing it I do a thorough cleaning once a month . I'm working with a pentium 478 w/stock cooler fan so everything is open and quickly broken down . I only have one intake filter that I vacuum once a week . Yes I'm a smoker and I like to head off problems before they get worse . This PC is about 6 yrs old .
  24. Kraemepoo

    Kraemepoo TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +20

    My case air intake uses 2 X 250mm fans with no filters, I have to pop it open about once every couple months for a quick dusting.

    On a side note, I've fixed a couple chain smoker's computers... the gel like substance made up of tar mixed with dust is simply disgusting.
  25. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    I was blew out my bros computer with a dust blower, it was epicly dirty and blue screening. Almost killed the cpu fan in the process. It ran like a champ for about a year after that.

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