liloldlady 13:21 08 Nov 2012

Hi, I have noticed a lot of advisors telling us to us compressed air to clean laptops. I a vacuum cleaner not a good idea to use on vents?...Thanks

  Diemmess 13:39 08 Nov 2012

I too use a vac. It is care and moderation that is needed whether you suck or blow. The danger with suction is allowing the nozzle to form a seal and so dislodge or damage the less robust parts of the innards.

I use a cheap small paintbrush to clean the fan blades and other accumulations, but always under the draft of the vac which nozzle is as close as possible to the scene

Blowing and particularly from an aerosol is expensive and though gentle, will scatter the dust willy nilly. Having said that, it is whatever serves you best.

  spuds 13:48 08 Nov 2012

I have on the very odd occasion used a vacuum cleaner with extreme care. Not done any harm to my machines, and it runs out far cheaper than perhaps using compressed air cans.

Some of the £shops seem to stock computer cleaning aids,and other computer accessories, perhaps worth a look there?.

  Woolwell 14:08 08 Nov 2012

I have a little battery powered vacuum cleaner designed for computers which doesn't have a great deal of suck but does pick up the dust and dirt in a PC. I also use compressed air.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:35 08 Nov 2012

static can form around the plastic nozzle due to the flow of air so do not let the nozzle touch anything.

Whwn cleaning PC innards I use a hair dryer on cool low blow to shift the dirt and a small paint brush and a ladies nail dodah to scrape the fan blades an heatsinks clean witth all the gunk at the bottom of the machine finish off with a vac to get it out.

*Laptops require a different regime I do not recommend blowing anything into the vents *

a vac against the input grills may clear some of the dust and fluff

as yours is overheating and fan rattling I think you will need to open it up and scrape the fan blades and heat sinks clear off gunk. and use the vac to lift out the gunk

  tigertop2 15:45 08 Nov 2012

I've said it before and say it again--a small lilo type footpump from any hardware store, or even Argos, with a small nozzle allows you to use both hands and does the job better than condensed aircans or vacuum cleaners. I have been using this method for 2 years now without any problems. Cost about £10 or less and lasts for ever

  Mr Mistoffelees 15:55 08 Nov 2012

I always use compressed gas tins for computer cleaning but, always scour eBay to get them as cheaply as possible, usually around four at a time.

  wee eddie 16:27 08 Nov 2012

Hair Drier - cool Anti-Static Setting.

1/2 inch or 1 inch paint Brush to loosen the dust. Must be natural Bristle ---- Not Man Made Fibre/Nylon.

Preferably somewhere in the open air unless you plan to do the dusting for the next 3 months.

  lotvic 16:28 08 Nov 2012

I find those free wooden sticks you get to stir your drink with at Coffee Shops are just the thing. I usually grab several when I buy my cuppa at Railway station.

  lotvic 16:32 08 Nov 2012

I should have said, wooden sticks used for scraping the fan blades. I disturb dust with natural bristle artist type paintbrush and use vac to suck up the dust.

  onthelimit1 19:53 08 Nov 2012

I have a compressor in the garage which I use. BUT, stop any fans turning - if not, they act as generators and can blow sensitive components through over voltage.

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