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I strongly suggest that every Desktop or Laptop user should have necessary tools for cleaning and to make small repairs to their PC or Laptop. Taking care of your PC or Laptop is very important if you want them to last longer and does not want to compromise on performance either. Also, you don’t want to be stuck when you need to install some component or make some minor repair. Cleaning and Repairing tools go hand in hand because for cleaning you do need repair tools to open the PC / Laptop covers and for repairing you may need to clean the parts before you put it back together.
Cleaning tools include electric duster / air blower, anti-static brushes, compressed air can, micro-fiber cloth and repairing tools include precision screw driver kit, soldering iron and a glue gun. So, here in this post I am going to suggest some of the best laptop / PC cleaning, repair & maintenance tools that you can buy for your desktop PC or laptop.
PC Cleaning Tools
Here are the various tools for PC / Laptop cleaning. Some of them are very important and some of them are optional as you don’t need them every time.
Electric Duster / Air Blower
Dust is the major killer of all PC and it gets collected pretty heavily inside your computer case and components over the time. It can get to every component in your PC case that includes your heatsink, graphics card, fans, motherboard and to every part of your PC case including the corners. The best way to get rid of the majority of dust is using an electric air duster or air blower. It is a device that blows out air at force and removes all the dust build up. You can use a good air blower to blow off the dust that is building up inside your case and on the components.
I personally use a standard air blower to do this task but now there are specialized computer air blowers available too that are compact in size and are very safe to use, especially on computer parts and electronic devices. Also, they are much economical and safer than compressed air cans, which are also used to clean the dust from the computer and its components. Below are some very good Electric Air Dusters that I recommend for cleaning your computer, and I strongly suggest you to clean the dust from your PC using electric air duster, at least once in a month.
Pro Tip: Use Fan Filters
If your computer does not come with front fan filters then you must install fan filters to prevent the dust from entering your case. Also, if you have vacant 120mm/140mm fan mount points then use the fan filters on them, so that it can block the dust and thus the interior of your PC case will remain much cleaner. It is better to use a magnetic fan filter because it can trap the dust more effectively than a normal fan filter. Below you can check out some of the very good 120mm / 140mm fan filters that you can get for your PC case.
Important Note: Fan filters must be used on intake fans only and never on exhaust fans.
A brush is generally used to remove or scrape off the very fine dust that sticks to the fan blades and inside the fan frame. An electric air blower is able to remove most of the dust from the fan surface but not the fine one that sticks to the blades, and it can be removed only a by brush. You can use any brush to clean the fan blades but to be on the safer side you can use anti-static brush, which can also be use to clean the motherboard, keyboard or other electronic components. After cleaning the fans or other components with the anti-static brush, just use the air blower one more time to dispose off the dust that is left behind in the case by the brush.
A micro-fiber cloth is used to clean the sensitive computer components that include your computer screen. You can also use it clean your computer case and external devices including mouse, keyboards, speakers etc. It is better to choose a high quality and soft micro-fiber cloth so that it does not scratch your components, especially the display screen of the monitor. Here are some good microfiber cleaning cloths that are very soft and are suitable for cleaning computers and laptops.
MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
[For Cleaning Computer / Laptop Screen]
AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
[For General Cleaning]
If you want to remove stains or other marks from the computer components then the best way to do it by using Isopropyl Alcohol. This is because Isopropyl Alcohol is electrically non-conductive and it evaporates after sometime, leaving the component clean and undamaged. You can apply the Isopropyl Alcohol to cloth, brush or cotton swab and then deep clean the components that include heatsink, motherboard, case and can also use it to remove thermal paste completely from the CPU, GPU or Chipset.
You can also give your motherboard an alcohol bath, but this is too much of a task and I don’t recommend this unless the motherboard is in very horrid condition. Isopropyl Alcohol is also known a rubbing alcohol and it is recommended to use 90% to 99% Isopropyl Alcohol solution for best results.
PC Repair Tools
Here are the mush have tools for PC and Laptop repair and maintenance. They come in very handy for installing or removing components to your PC or laptop.
Precision Screwdriver Set
I think every PC and Laptop user whether professional or amateur should have a Precision Screwdriver Set or Precision Toolkit, so that you can open your PC or laptop for installing or removing components, or for making some minor repairs by yourself.
A Precision Screwdriver Set consists of various screw bits of various sizes and types, which can be easily attached or removed to a magnetic screwdriver handle. It comes in very handy for various small and big tasks, and they are also very cheap to buy. You can also use it open or repair other electronic devices such as cameras, mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, glasses, game consoles etc. I recommend to get a high-quality Precision Screwdriver Set that have hard steel bits and overall strong build quality. Below are some good recommendations by me:
iFixit Professional Precison Toolkit
A high quality Precison Toolkit set from iFixit, that is made for professionals.
Budget Precision Screwdriver Set
Good quality budget Precision Screwdriver Set with bits made up of S2 Steel which are much harder, durable and reliable than cheaper bits made from chrome vanadium.
A soldering iron is not everyone cup of tea because not everyone can do soldering and it requires some professional skill too. However, I personally do recommend to have a soldering iron in your arsenal as it can prove very handy for making small repairs by yourself. For example, I use it to change the micro-switches of my mouse, as after few months or a year they start to double click, and it is much cheaper to replace the micro-switch or button instead of buying a new mouse.
If you have good soldering skills and have good amount of knowledge regarding electronics then you do much more advanced tasks using the soldering iron by replacing components like capacitors, resistors etc. Also, you don’t need a high-end professional soldering iron for this, because a normal or standard soldering iron would do the job fine. Below I have listed some soldering iron kits that you can check out.
Tabiger Soldering Iron Kit (60W Adjustable Temperature)
Electric Soldering Iron (60W Adjustable Temperature)
Hot Glue Gun
Using a standard hot glue gun, you can attach components, fix some broken things and can insulate the area or wires from getting short circuited. For example, you can easily glue a fan controller hub to the inside the case using a glue gun, or can shield a naked wire from being contact with another one or from other electronic devices or PCB. It can also have various applications other than for use in computer repairs. You can use it for DIY projects and can fix other things too.
At the end I would only like to say that it is much better to have these PC and Laptop tools at your home because they can make your life so much easier, and you do not have to depend on someone else. However, if your computer or its component is having a much larger issue that you cannot fix, then you may have to take it to the service center or get it replaced if it is under warranty. However, for daily tasks and small repairs these tools are more than enough and they are not expensive either. If you still have any doubts or queries regarding these tools then please leave a comment below.