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Where can I get my laptop's CPU, hard drive and other internals cleaned?

Asked by Foxx (56points) April 2nd, 2010

I heard you should clean the inside every six months. I’ve seen lots of do-it-yourself tutorials, but I’m scared to open up the back of my laptop and remove internal components. This was how I wrecked my last laptop. Is there a place I can get the inside cleaned for me, professionally? I am able to pay.

I have a Dell Inspiron 15 new this year.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar


Don’t DO IT. You’ll void your warranty

Which one of your friends told to clean it??? EX-friends

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I’ve been working with various laptops for up to 16 hours a day (and leaving them mostly “on” for 24 hours a day, most of the time) for over ten years, and I’ve never ever had the insides “cleaned”.

The CPU doesn’t need it, unless you’re in a particularly dusty area (or have to deal with a lot of lint or pet hair being pulled into the vents, for example), and hard drives flat do not need to be “cleaned”: they’re sealed.

I’m with @Tropical_Willie: don’t do it.

justn's avatar

If you want to ‘clean’ it, just get a can of compressed air (or if you have an air compressor turn down the psi output really low [around 30 psi is what I usually use]) and blow dirt out from under the keyboard, and blow off the heat sink. Don’t bother opening it up, as others mentioned you’ll usually void the warranty.

jaytkay's avatar

I just opened my 6-year old laptop, to replace a faulty video cable. I was pleasantly surprised how clean it was inside.

When I open my tower PC, which sits on the floor and sucks in dust, it looks like a cat sleeps inside.

Yeah, don’t do it.

Fred931's avatar

@justn Beat me to it. Break out a can of compressed air and shoot some into all the vents and into the keyboard.

btw, don’t buy a bunch of cans and have an air-fight with your buddies, please; the fumes can be toxic.

erichw1504's avatar

Yea I’ve had to clean my fan out with a can of compressed air before because my laptop was over heating

CodePinko's avatar

Howard Hughes Cleaning Service.
I do not have their number.

erichw1504's avatar

This article gives a detailed breakdown of how, when, and where to clean your computer and it’s peripherals.

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