How To Keep Gaming Setup Clean?


After setting up a gaming PC, we often get asked ‘How To Keep Gaming Setup Clean?’. Well, lets find out.

So you’ve just gotten into gaming, and you’re browsing your favorite sites, watching reviews on Youtube, or reading up about different games. But when you get home you realize that there’s one thing stopping you from actually playing the game… Your gaming desk looks really awful!

Okay maybe not quite, but it probably does need some tidying up to make things more efficient for your gaming experience. Let’s be honest, whether it is a video game console or PC there are plenty of cords that surround your area of play. These are easily tangled up by accident if they aren’t organized properly. The good news is that this isn’t hard to do at all! All it takes is a little bit of planning beforehand and then some manual labor (not much I promise) after you’ve realized what you need to do.

1. Tidying up cords

The first thing that needs to be done is to make sure all of your cords are either connected or disconnected depending on whether or not they’re in use. Then, take them and neatly wrap them around whatever it is that they are connected to (if there’s no physical object for the cord to attach/detach itself from then just pretend). For instance, if you have an HDMI cable connected to your TV then wrap it tightly around the body of the TV so everything which could possibly come in contact with it will pass over the cord until they get where they need to go.

Next, take a moment and look at each cord individually so you can easily locate it later when you need to grab it. It will also keep your cords in order so that they can go right back where they belong after being used.

2. Investigate what needs to be wiped

Now that your setup is tidy, the next step is to determine what needs to be cleaned or wiped away. You might think that this means that all of your surfaces should get a wipe down, but the reality is that most commonly dirty surfaces (keyboard and mouse) don’t require wipes to stay clean due to their mostly rigid texture (although wiping them off with a damp cloth would still do no harm). Instead, take note of any areas which tend to get smudged up by repeated use and make sure they get wiped at least once every few days. These include your monitor, mouse, and keyboard.

3. Cleaning process

Now that you know what surfaces to clean, the next step is to determine what items should be used to clean them. Wipes are a great choice for cleaning monitors or keyboards because they can’t scratch the surface, but there may be some other areas that could benefit from a wipe down using something more robust than a single ply of fabric. This is not recommended though as it can take off material from whatever it comes in contact with which would only lead to more problems later on. Instead, use microfiber cloths or paper towels moistened with water or rubbing alcohol.

Also See: How to clean up your computer

4. Products

There are many products out there that can be used for cleaning computer parts. There are sprays, liquids, wipes, and even microfiber clothes. Anything with strong chemicals like ammonia should not be used because it could damage the parts of the computer. The best way to clean things is to use water or rubbing alcohol. Make sure that whatever tool you use won’t scratch the surface; anything with a smooth metal tip should be okay since most wires aren’t composed of any material harder than copper which scratches at only around 4 on Moh’s Scale 3 of hardness. This means even harsher solvents will do no more than put some dents in the metal so they shouldn’t leave marks if any stronger product has been applied before.

5. Compressed air

Get a can or bottle of compressed air, which is made to blow out dust from small spaces such as the inside of a computer case. You can buy them at any electronics store that sells computers and they cost about $8 for a decent one from your local Kmart. For the biggest dirt spots, clean with rubbing alcohol first then use compressed air to get rid of anything left behind. Make sure you don’t point it at any parts that could be damaged by liquids and never try using it on or near electrical components. The last thing you want is an expensive repair bill because you wiped off your motherboard’s heat sink accidentally with some alcohol-soaked cotton swabs.


How to clean gaming peripherals?

  • Keyboard: The best method for cleaning around keys that stick (although it doesn’t actually fix the underlying problem, which is that the key needs replacing) is to take a can of compressed air and spray it onto the stuck keys. If you’re lucky, this will somehow dislodge any crud or buildup under them and make them work better. You may also try coating the stuck keyboard keys in petroleum jelly (vaseline) and letting it soak overnight before cleaning with cotton swabs.
  • Mouse: Wipe off excess crud from your mouse using rubbing alcohol, then rub it with some steel wool to get rid of any rust spots left behind. Often times if you leave dirt on long enough it’ll start eating away at your mouse cord too so be sure to carry around an extra one just in case you need a quick replacement while out and about.
  • Mouse Pad: This is a tough one since most mousepads aren’t quite optimized for cleaning purposes and they don’t have holes in which you can easily insert a q-tip inside to clean the gunk that settles under your mouse. Make sure when picking out a new mouse pad that it has good reviews for its durability/dirt resistance, then if worst comes to worst just throw it in the garbage when it gets too dirty.
  • Gamepad: If possible try not to touch your gamepad unless it’s absolutely necessary because if there’s anything on the surface of it that shouldn’t be there then you could risk getting some of it inside of the nooks and crannies while playing which could be potentially dangerous for any electronics that are housed. In other words try not to get any dirt, grime or germs on your gamepad while gaming. If you’re not sure if the gamepad is clean enough then wipe it down with a microfiber cloth and spray some compressed air into all of the crevices to try and dislodge anything that shouldn’t be there. You could also use anti-bacterial disinfectant wipes on any parts of the controller like buttons or analog sticks if you wanted to make things extra safe. I would even recommend doing this every time after you play online (since other people probably don’t care as much about their hygiene).
  • Headphones: Wipe these off after every session with something like anti-bacterial disinfectant wipes or plain old soap and water since they will never be able to get completely clean if they are constantly in contact with your face. This is possibly the most important thing you can do to maintain good hygiene since this will help prevent any skin infections that could result in pimples or other things on your face. If you’re lazy, just clean them every day or two, but ideally, you would want to give them a more thorough cleaning once a week just like the rest of your setup.

How to clean your fancy gaming case?

The same method mentioned above for headset cleaning generally applies here as well, but it may be easier said than done depending on how your computer case looks and the type of materials it’s made from. I’d recommend at least giving it a wipe down with an anti-bacterial disinfectant wipe down once a week. A cool trick to get rid of dust is to get a can of compressed air and spray it inside your computer case while the computer’s off, I’ve heard of people doing this for about 30 seconds or so and have seen results right away. If you do decide to try using canned air around electronics though, be sure not to knock anything loose inside since it could fry things if they got short-circuited from all that dust flying around, but once again it’s pretty safe as long as you’re cautious.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...