Cleaning fans

hi i wanted to clean my cpu fan + chasis fan i have corsair 400 r u know it got dusty for a week while i dont use air can
i was thinking that if i use brush to the fans is it okay or that would damage the cpu fan and other or not will it work
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  1. amuffin said:
    Paper towels and napkins should do it.


    i dont think that would work
  2. Paper towels and napkins should do it.
  3. but i cant pull out the fan from case not cpu also
  4. Now, I'm feeling like you are trolling.


    Just take paper towels and wipe the insides of the case and the fan blades.
  5. I use a dry toothbrush to get 'stuck' dust off of 'em. You need to be careful not to apply too much force to fins since they can break off the fan hub relatively easily if you apply too much force.

    You could also clean them with a garden hose with a washing nozzle. The main downside is you may have to wait 5-10 hours for the fan to dry completely before you can safely power it up again.

    edit: of course, water-cleaning requires taking the parts out. Thoroughly cleaning fans in-situ is a PITA so I remove them when I want to clean them.
  6. InvalidError said:
    I use a dry toothbrush to get 'stuck' dust off of 'em. You need to be careful not to apply too much force to fins since they can break off the fan hub relatively easily if you apply too much force.

    You could also clean them with a garden hose with a washing nozzle. The main downside is you may have to wait 5-10 hours for the fan to dry completely before you can safely power it up again.

    edit: of course, water-cleaning requires taking the parts out. Thoroughly cleaning fans in-situ is a PITA so I remove them when I want to clean them.


    u mean cleaning it water
  7. monu_08 said:
    but i cant pull out the fan from case not cpu also

    Use your common sense :p

    Just bunch up the paper towel and wipe each individual fan blade, you can rotate the fan blades so you can get every single one.
  8. amuffin said:
    Use your common sense :p

    Just bunch up the paper towel and wipe each individual fan blade, you can rotate the fan blades so you can get every single one.


    how i dont know how to do that
  9. Alternatively, wash them with water. It's working and your fan squeaky clean, but don't forget to drying them. Otherwise, it will damage your fan.
  10. frenzyvanrafi said:
    Alternatively, wash them with water. It's working and your fan squeaky clean, but don't forget to drying them. Otherwise, it will damage your fan.


    i disagree cleaning fan s with water its not good
  11. OK, im getting the feeling this is a defo troll thread so come on pack it in, its obvious how to clean dust off fans and out of a PC you have 2 choices clean it the same as you would any dust in your house with a dry cloth, alternatively take it out in the garden and give it a good blast with the garden hose!
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