The Effect of Dust and Dirt on Electronics

At the times when dirt and dust are in your home, people should do their best to remove these particles from a room. There is a common knowledge that when you’re exposed to dust and dirt often; you may develop allergies or respiratory related illnesses. Dust and dirt can also harm inanimate objects though.

The average American has around 24 electronic products in their household. These products can range from something durable and long lasting, like your refrigerator; or something fragile such as your personal home computer.

Although those products do not breakdown immediately; once the minuscule obstructions enter the devices system, they will however, slow them down in the long run however.

How Dust Affects your Electronic Products…

Dust is capable of gathering and hiding inside the ports, sockets, and other parts of your electronic products. If a barrier of dust is formed within the devices spaces; it may lead to one of these problems:

  • Overheating through insulation
  • Conductivity
  • Moisture
  • More difficult to repair or restore
  • Poor contact in relays, switches, and connectors
  • May cause arcing and carbon tracking in higher voltage appliances

Thankfully, there are a variety of products and methods or cleaning routines that can easily get rid of those particles out of your electronics and appliances.

Purchasable Items:

There are items that may help with dust problems…

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Computer Blower
  • Screen Wipers
  • Cotton Buds
  • Paintbrushes

Cleaning Methods; Routines:

For most electronics, cleaning their crevices and surfaces is much easier if you use one of the items stated above. For other electric products, such as laptops or computers, however, take a little more time, effort, and patience to get the job done.

Before dusting your device, you have to be confident about what you’re doing. If you hesitate or are doubtful about what you’re capable of; the safest option is to call in professionals and have them clean it for you.

  • Step One: Unplug your personal computer or turn off your laptop / device.
  • Step Two: Open up your machine to reveal its internal devices and components.
  • Step Three: DO NOT touch any internal components without being properly grounded. To check for this, you may touch the metal part of the case before starting. You may also use a grounding strap and mat to protect yourself.
  • Step Four: Proceed and do your dusting.
  • Step Five: Close your machine shut; and test it out.

Once is not Enough:

Cleaning your electronics and appliances once won’t fix the dust issue. Most electronic products need to be dusted in a routine; in order for it to function properly.





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