Proper Care and Cleaning of your Hardware
Last year, one PS3 owner made headlines when Sony refused to repair his console because it was dusty. Although his story had a happy ending; if you don’t want to end up in the same fix, ExtremeTech has a guide out covering the proper care and cleaning of your electronics. The guide covers PCs, consoles and peripherals as well as other household electronic like cellphones and televisions.
In some cases, the mess is only superficial: The kids’ fingerprints on the computer monitor from when they were pointing out the new Webkinz goodies won’t harm anything. Sometimes, however, it can be harmful; when dust builds up on the computer motherboard, it can insulate the logic chips and cause them to overheat. Dust in the fans or their filters can also add to the thermal problems.
If you’re not absolutely sure whether you can clean all the gunk out of your keyboard by sticking it in the shower or not, consult Clean Machines: Keeping Your Electronics Spotless on ExtremeTech.