Whats the best way to get rid of dust that builds up on a motherboard? its the dotted specks that build up around the corners of the board, and usually around the edges of any large parts. There seems to be alot of debate on what the best tools is- some sort of vauum cleaner that blows out gently would surely be a good idea? I heard someone mention an antistatic cloth, but I didnt think any cloth would be a good idea to come into contact with any motherboard?
wow. well, I hope your spider has either a 2" paintbrush or a Dustbuster! lol I think you may be right, circuit boards probably do last alot longer than we think.
Ive already tried cans of compressed air, and while they do work ok for the most part, they have trouble in getting rid of the visible yet very thin layers of dust that build up, something only a cloth (or brush) could get rid of.
Im just not sure which to use, or whats best that wouldnt damage anything or build up static. cheers for replies :)
Be careful using a paintbrush. Often these have metal bands holding the bristles to the handle so, if you were very unlucky, you could cause a short circuit during you spring cleaning. Even if the power is off, there may be sufficient residual charge in a capacitor to cause damage.
What I suggest is a natural bristle "pastry brush" with the bristles mounted (glued) in a wooden handle. These things are obtainable from the kitchen shops that have sprung up all over the place and I've seen then on the small hanger displays in supermarkets.
I have seen in '99p Shop' a kit of small brushes and adaptors and a length of tube - the adaptors are universal to fit the main suction tube of a typical cylinder type vacuum cleaner. all for - yup -99p cant be bad.
I use one of my wife's old makeup brushes it works quite well with a mini vacuum,i am not to keen on compressed air as it doesn't really clean more than it does blow the dust about and it ends up somewhere else.
Just done an old PC with 5 yrs of accumulated debris.
Use a hairdryer set on cold, low blow and held a reasonable distance away from the board plus a little wooden stick from daughters make up kit (god knows what she uses it for) to scrape the fan blades.
I always find a spider in my case each time I open it, aways remove it. Ithink they feed on dust mites and in turn feed on the dust that gets sucked in. thinking about putting net curtain over the inside of the vents to trap the dust.