How do you clean your vintage computers?

dwight dkelvey at
Thu Jan 19 13:27:20 CST 2017

It really depends on what and where.

I use orange oil hand cleaners for cases.

If just dusting, a hair paint brush and vacuum.

I treat the brush first with a dilute dish soap

and let it dry. This keeps it from generating static.


From: cctalk <cctalk-bounces at> on behalf of ethan at <ethan at>
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Subject: Re: How do you clean your vintage computers?

> hi speed airflow  from leaf blower could set static charge and    could
> knock out cmos?
> Just a wild  though...  Ed#

I accidentially damaged video ram on an arcade board vacuming it out.
Was using normal shop vacume cleaner in winter in a warehouse.

Not sure what would work better. There are the cans of chemicals, normal
garage air compressors, or scuba tank used for diving which is filled with
very dry clean air?

Ethan O'Toole

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