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Is it safe to clean components with a q-tip?

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July 10, 2010 3:30:42 AM

Say a 5850's fan, would that be safe to clean with a Q-tip if I grounded myself and made sure everything was off?
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July 10, 2010 3:36:56 AM

Yes it should be fine I usually use a small paint brush and a can of compressed air in combination.
July 10, 2010 4:14:46 AM

Really?
And the rubbing of the q tip cotton against the fan wouldn't cause any harmful ESD or anything?
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July 10, 2010 6:23:31 PM

frickfrock99 said:
Really?
And the rubbing of the q tip cotton against the fan wouldn't cause any harmful ESD or anything?


Lol, only if you rub @ 100,000 rpms to cause static electricity. Seriously, a screen wipe usually moistened with alcohol is better than a Qtip because Qtips can leave behind little cotton threads that become dust and gunk later and possibly get into the fans bearings/sleeves.
July 10, 2010 7:15:44 PM

Alcohol?
Like rubbing alcohol?
What concentration would you guys recommend?
July 10, 2010 7:20:55 PM

Depends on how bad the fan is i guess but if it's really bad then use 75:25 alcohol:water

For the cpu's and such just use 100%
July 10, 2010 10:19:54 PM

Alright, and how much should I put on the Q tip?
Am I supposed to let it dry and then clean the fan or just clean the fan with it moist.

How long should I wait after cleaning the fan before I can turn on the pc?
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