The Mac Pro, a state-of-the-art computer tower manufactured by Apple, looks like an indestructible behemoth of a machine. However, due to its ineffective exterior grille, dust builds up quickly both on the exterior of and within the computer itself. To the unexperienced, properly cleaning a Mac Pro is a daunting task. However, armed with the right knowledge and equipment, this monthly (or more frequent, depending on how quickly it collects dust) chore will take only about ten minutes.
What You Will Need:
- Paper Towels
- Microfiber Cloth
- Water or Light-Duty Cleaning Spray
- Can of Compressed Air
- Antistatic Vacuum* (if available)
- Unplug the computer.
- Wipe down the exterior of the computer. Lightly mist one half of a paper towel with either water or light-duty cleaning spray. Begin wiping the computer's surface from the top (where the collected dust should be most visible). Once clean, use the dry half of the paper towel to brush off any excess dust clumps.Take extra care wiping the grille, so as to not push dust particles into the computer. If you own an antistatic vacuum, use this to clean the computer's grille before wiping. This will eliminate the risk of brushing large clumps of dust into the computer.
- Remove side plate to gain access to the computer's interior. Facing the front of the computer, the removable side plate will be on your right. On the back of the Mac Pro is a lever that you must pull to free the side plate, which you can then remove in order to clean.
- Gently wipe the inside of the computer. Once again, used a very lightly dampened paper towel to remove large collections of dust. Do not moisten any spot too much, and be sure to dry these spots completely.
- Spray hard-to-reach corners with compressed air. Be sure to read the warning label on the can of compressed air, which outlines it's important parameters (such as how far away to spray from the target, and what angles the can has to be in relation to the ground in order to function properly). At the can's designated minimum usable distance, spray a few quick puffs of air are hard-to-reach corners.
- If you have an antistatic vacuum... you may use it to remove the computer's interior dust, in lieu of the paper towel wiping. You may still wish to use compressed air to free dust particles out of the vacuum's reach.
- Reattach the side plate.
- After 10 minutes, plug the computer back in. To ensure that the computer airs out completely, allow at least 10 minutes of drying time before plugging the computer back in.
- Turn on the computer.
- Open the disk tray.
- Clean the interior of the disk tray. At first, used the compressed air to blow away most of the standing dust. For the remaining dust still sticking to the tray, lightly wipe it off with a slightly damped paper towel. Thoroughly dry the disk tray before closing it.
Congratulations! You have successfully rid your Mac Pro of dust. Now that you are experienced at it, you will have no problem repeating the process again in a month or so, when the grille's faulty design will have attracted several millions more dust particles to the interior of your computer.
Tips on Preventing Dust Collection:
- Vacuum floors and furniture frequently.
- Wipe down surfaces daily.
- Keep your computer away from windows and exterior doors.
*CAUTION! Please only use ANTISTATIC vacuums on electronics. Using plug-in wall vacuums, or other handheld vacuums not labeled for electronic use, will put you at risk of electrical shock. Be sure that the computer is unplugged while using an antistatic vacuum to minimize risk of injury or damage to the computer.