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.

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5 Comments on Proper Care and Cleaning of your Hardware


On July 20, 2008 at 10:41 pm

I pop open my PC regularly and remove all the dust. It baffles me why you can’t (or rather, aren’t allowed) to do that with consoles. They collect dust and dust is bad for electronics.

Davn Kincade

On July 20, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Well you can if you want to void your warranty…i figure as long as you know what your doing then go for it.


On July 21, 2008 at 10:46 am

Noting about consoles in the article I read :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:


On July 21, 2008 at 5:53 pm

My fix-all for dustyness–

CAN OF AIR!!! *dramatic music in background*

Dust-off and can of air oriented products are usually an excellent way to remove dust from the inside. When console is on, find the fan/intake, aim the can of air, then blast away!

That cloud you see coming out the back end that looks like smoke–as if your console’s been set ablaze from the inside? That’s dust. All of it. (warning, do not hold can upside down! that is how you get hi–erm… nevermind. Just don’t do it yeah?)


On July 23, 2008 at 2:43 am

Just try not to be a lazy slob like the owner of this hardware obviously was. I imagine opening the door to that person’s house would unleash a deluge of empty drink containers and doritos bags. Disgusting.