The Best Computer Cleaning Products 2014

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Check out your PC or laptop. You’ll notice plenty of vents in the casing. They’re there to suck in nice, cool air to your computer. That keeps the internal components’ temperature down, which enables your computer to run faster, for longer. But you’ll probable notice that they’re gunked up with dirt and debris. That’s normal – as your computer sucks in air, it sucks in the dust that is present in the atmosphere. Open your case, and you’ll see that it’s even worse.

So what can you do?
You need to vacuum your computer. No, seriously. But wait! Don’t go grabbing the Dyson. What you need is a specialist low suction vacuum – one with enough power to suck up the dirt but without gulping up your RAM or processor too.

The Best Desktop or Laptop Vacuum Cleaner 2014

ESD Safe Omega Cleanroom Vacuum
Specifically designed for use in cleanroom environments. The Atrix Omega Supreme HEPA Cleanroom 100,000 Vacuum has a HEPA filtered exhaust to reduce carbon particle disbursion from the motor brushes, is ESD safe and comes as standard witha true HEPA 1 gallon (3.8L) filter cartridge. This series of cleanroom vacuums are EMI/RFI filtered, so they are perfectly safe to be used in and around electronic equipment.

Express Electronic Vacuum Cleaner (HEPA Filter)
The Atrix Express Vacuum is smaller, lighter and more compact than the Omega Supreme, however, it is still a powerful alternative and is light to carry. This version has an upgraded 1 US Quart (1.1L) true HEPA filter that has an efficiency rating of 99.97% at 0.3 microns, ideal for internal computer cleaning, fax/photocopier cleaning (including black and most colour toners). It can be used to extract dust, dirt, soot, pollen, paint pigments and other fine particulate making it perfect to safely clean in and around static sensitive equipment.

How to Do It:
First of all, use your low suction vacuum cleaner to remove the built up dirt from the vents. On a desktop PC, these are typically on the front, the sides, and at the back. On a laptop, these are typically on the sides and underneath. Once you’ve done that, you need to open up your computer. Only do this if you are confident – of not, take it to a local computer repair shop, who will happily carry out the work for you.

Once you’ve removed the chassis, carefully vacuum all the exposed areas of your computer. Remove the buildup of dirt from the corners, the graphics card, the processor, RAM, all cabling and all connections. Once you have done that, replace the chassis.

You can use the same vacuum cleaner to remove debris from between the keyboard keys too.
First of all, turn your keyboard upside down, and give it a firm shake. Give it a couple of whacks too – don’t worry, you’ll not cause any damage.

Then, take your low suction vacuum, and carefully (especially carefully with a laptop!) vacuum between the keys. You’ll notice the difference immediately.

Once you’ve removed all of the dust and debris from your machine, you’ll want to give everything a good rub down.

Plastic Cleaners are great for wiping down the chassis, keyboard, mouse and monitor of your computer – basically, anything that is plastic can be cleaned. Make sure you follow the instructions on the can as these can and do change from manufacturer to manufacturer.

The Best Plastics Cleaner 2014

Durable Superclean Foam Cleaner for Hard Surface Cleaning - 400ml

5 Star Anti-static Foam Cleaner General Purpose 400ml

AF Maxiclene Foaming Cleaner Anti-static 400ml